5 Sure Signs That Its Time To Sell Your Home

When should I sell my home? This is not always the easiest question to answer. A lot of people don’t plan on living in their first, second, or even third home forever, but still knowing when to let go and move on can be tricky. It can feel like ending a long term relationship, it’s much easier said than done.

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In most cases, without a pressing reason staring you in the face such as a job transfer to another state or a new baby, it can be difficult to know when to sell your house. Here are some signs to help you make this life-changing decision:

  1. You’re feeling cramped, and you can’t add on

Your house might be too small for your growing family or you may have adopted a new lifestyle that just doesn’t fit your current house.  Maybe you’ve started working from home, or you’ve decided to pursue your longtime dream of having a sewing room–there’s just no space. But before you pack up and leave, you see if paring down your possessions works to free up some space or you can finish an attic or basement, add another room, or even add a whole story to your home. But, of course, that won’t work for everyone.

  • You have too much space

When your kids are all grown up and you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by vacant rooms and silence, maybe its time to sell. Granted, letting go of a family home can be difficult, but you should consider how feasible it is to stay.

  • You’re over the neighborhood

Maybe you can no longer stand the rigid rules of your homeowners association, or perhaps your neighbors rented their house to frat guys. Whatever the reason, neighborhood dynamics can change dramatically over time.

  • Remodeling won’t offer a return on your investment

Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can make your house feel like new again, which might be all you need to make you want to stay. But it may not be a financially sound decision. Before making any significant improvement, make sure that you know the highest price point of your neighborhood. If your home is similar in style and condition to some of the priciest homes in the area, then remodeling might not be a good idea, and you should instead consider selling.

  • When you can afford to sell

Sure, you’ll get money when you sell your house, but as the saying goes, it takes money to make money. Don’t think that you’ll just sit around and wait for the dollars to roll in. Most sellers would need to make some minor improvements out of their pockets such as painting, landscaping, or updating flooring to get a good price on their home.

  • You’re ready to compete

If you’re living in a seller’s market, you might be enticed to sell your home before things cool off. But note that–once you sell, you’ll probably be a buyer, too. So, if you’re going to get out there, make sure you’re ready to compete.

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Charity W. is a professional and skilled writer with a diploma in Mass Communication. When she is not glued to her computer screen, Charity spends her time reading, traveling, and watching movies. She is an expert on Arlington Virginia and keeps current with local events and occurrences.