Do you look at MLS listings on the internet?

Have you driven by an open house sign and thought about stopping in to check it out?

These are a couple of common indications that on some level you are thinking about the possibility of making a move.

So … how do you decide if you should actually move?

The first step is to consider whether there are any practical reasons to consider buying a new home.

What’s pushing you in that direction? Is your current home too small for your needs? Is the commute to work, for you or your spouse, too long? Are there property features you would now like to have, such as a larger backyard or a more spacious kitchen? Has the area changed in an undesirable way? Do you have personal reasons for wanting to move, such as a desire to be closer to relatives in another area? Carefully consider those things that can’t change unless you move.

For example, if a major highway was recently built near you, the ongoing sound of traffic is not going to go away. If there are no practical reasons for moving, there may still be other reasons for wanting a new home. You may want to move your family to a better area, with better schools or you may simply want a bigger home, with a larger backyard, more rooms, and a wider driveway, or it could even be the opposite you want to downsize or are about to retire?

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with simply wanting a better place than the one you have now. In fact, that is a common reason why many people make a move. The point is, if you have been thinking about a new home for a while, perhaps now is the time to take the next step.

A great real estate professional can help you understand your options.