Sometimes, it's just really clear that you need to move. Whether it's because you're transplanting to a new city, or you've gotten a new job, or the unthinkable happens and you're unexpectedly laid off may prompt you to look for a more affordable apartment - relocation is often rooted in one cause or another. But there are also those instances when people start looking for a new apartment just because and without any compelling reason whatsoever. Instead, it's a matter of considering the factors that suggest it may be time to go, and then decide whether it makes sense to move or stay put.
In most city dwellings, one common factor for moving is the size of your current apartment relative to your needs. It's possible that when you first moved into your rental, it seemed as if you had all the space you could possibly want. Of course, your apartment hasn't grown any smaller since then. But you may have accumulated more furniture or belongings, or perhaps you now share your place with a significant other, and both of you feel you can benefit from a larger apartment. There's also the likelihood that you've grown up and started a family - in this particular situation, moving isn't something you should meander about, but is automatically a must because at the end of the day, you wouldn't want your brood to be on the brink of claustrophobia.
Getting on your nerves
Remember how hip and cool your neighborhood seemed when you moved in? You loved being around the college kids who sat out on their steps playing the guitar and getting invited to random parties. But that all sort of lost its charm when you moved in and started to wake up at 3 a.m. to the sound of the neighbors hurling in the bushes. Not cool. You're a grownup. It might be time to live where the other grownups live. And regardless of whether you still like your apartment's attributes as much as before, external factors may influence you to consider looking for new digs. If you're at the end of your rope when it comes to dealing with annoying neighbors, then it's definitely time for a move. Non-responsive and difficult to deal with landlords are also something that prompts people to relocate. Again, your place might still be nice, but at the end of the day, it's not yours, and if your landlord is giving you a hard time keeping it the way you like it, then take up in arms and haul your stuff away.
Moving up in the world
As the saying goes, with maturity comes moving. You can't sacrifice peace of mind and convenience for aesthetics. If it takes you too long to commute from your current place to your new job, then this unpleasantness is greatly offset with the beauty of your place. It's also possible that you were new to your city when you found your current apartment, and you've since discovered a neighborhood that you think would be perfect to live in. Consider other neighborhoods as well - somewhere that's convenient to you, and strike a balance between form and function.
Remodel versus relocate
It's funny sometimes how older homes can go from shabby chic to just shabby. Now that neon green countertop that seemed so retro and modern just looks like an old countertop in a bad color. The shower needs to be re-done and the floors have gotten so bad even the dog doesn't want to come inside. So then you start to dream about remodeling. And you probably get so caught up in the end result that you start to think this is actually a viable option. It's not. It's months of living in disorganized, sheetrock-dust covered filth and eating cardboard pizzas. Just save your money, your peace of mind and your sanity, and move into a new place already. Remember, remodeling is only a last resort, as your rental is exactly that - a rental; it isn't yours, and any increase in equity you put into it won't be yours to enjoy in the long-run.
Your voice echoes in your home
You might have gotten a good deal when you first moved in to your two or three bedroom, paying less than what you would normally or just struck a really good rental deal. You envisioned yourself filling up the area with so many things, and using the space for more than what you need. Well, external factors might have come into play since then. For example, you found that you actually didn't need an indoor workout pilates and yoga room, or a home office since you constantly work late at your place of employment; or plainly don't have the funds tho furnish such a large living area. In this case, it's definitely time to downsize. The space will feel more practical, and the limited square footage will fit snugly to your needs since chances are, if you still haven't furnished the whole apartment six months to a year after you've moved in, it'll never happen.
Note: It might be a little hard to let go of an excellently-priced and wonderfully-sized apartment. So if you're willing, take on roommates that'll bring their stuff in with them and make the place more utilized. But, if that's not your sort of thing, then look at other ways to make practical and sensible use of the space.
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