Have you ever wondered why people move? Are they seeking a new environment? Are they running to or from someone or something? Considering that moving house is one of the most difficult, important and life-altering decision one can make, there has to be a pretty good reason to endure such a long and strenuous act. So what makes someone say, “Yes!” to moving? Here’s a list of the top reasons people move.
One of the main reasons people decide to move to a new place is because their old home no longer suits their needs/preferences. Here are the top space-related causes of moving:
Not Enough Space. One of the main reasons people opt for a residential move is the need for more space. Upsizing happens quite often, due to many circumstances:
- When a family grows and a home starts to feel too small;
- When kids become old enough to need separate bedrooms;
- When the home becomes too full of belongings;
- When it becomes possible to afford a larger, more spacious home;
- When extra room is required for work, relaxation, etc.
Too Much Space. While people typically want a home with more space, sometimes too much room can be a problem. Downsizing is a convenient and cost-effective solution in these situations:
- Their kids have grown up and moved out;
- They can no longer afford it;
- They are unable to maintain it.
Desire for a Better Home or to Own a Home
One of the major goals people have in life is to upgrade to a better home – one that’s newly built with a convenient layout, advanced home systems and attractive features. This is why so many work hard to save enough money to move into a better and more comfortable house. Doing so puts them closer to the life they’ve always wanted for themselves.
Owning a home is another major life goal and reason for moving house. While living in a rented property is typically the best choice for those who are young and do not yet have a stable job, or have not started a family or decided where they want to live, it is not a suitable long-term solution. Though it comes with a vast number of responsibilities, owning a home provides many great opportunities, which is why so many choose to tackle the moving process to do it.
House-related problems pushed aside, sometimes people choose to move because other neighborhoods/areas come with more advantages, such as:
Convenience. Many decide to move house to live in areas that are more convenient for them – better infrastructures, abundant local amenities, and easier access to quality medical care, educational institutions, recreational centers, entertainment venues, etc.
Safer/Family-Oriented. When choosing to start a family, many decide to move to a neighborhood that is safer, better maintained, calmer and child friendly. These areas often offer plenty of grassy areas, playgrounds and more.
Bad Neighbors. If you’ve ever experienced “bad” neighbors, then you have probably either moved because of them or really wanted to. Bad neighbors cause many problems, from not trusting them to feeling uncomfortable in their presence – both serious issues that cannot be easily ignored.
Family-related reasons are another key cause of people moving house. Near 30% of home relocations are due to family-related reasons. This makes it the second most common reason people move. Family-related reasons include:
- Change in marital status – marriage or divorce.
- Following a spouse or partner due to change in work, studies or other reasons.
- Moving closer to elderly parents or to children.
- Moving in pursuit of love.
- Moving to a child-friendly neighborhood.
Another common reason people move house is due to their occupation. Job-related relocations are typically due to:
New jobs. The most frequent reasons for an occupational relocation is due to a new job. When presented with the opportunity to advance their career, or achieve a higher salary, stable job, better work conditions, etc., most people are more than willing to jump at the opportunity – even when it means uprooting themselves and their family halfway across the country or even halfway across the world.
Corporate transfers. A corporate transfer means an employee is sent to a different city or state with a specific long-term assignment, or to relocate to a different branch of a company they are working for. This is done in an attempt to improve a company or business or to cut down overheard costs.
Another reason people often move to a new job is because they are restricted by the lack of jobs available in their particular field in the area they currently reside in. A move to a new city or state can open the door for better employment opportunities in the future.
Moving closer to work. Long commutes and heavy traffic are both serious incentives for moving house. This is why many people choose to relocate closer to their place of employment in order to save time and money and to lower the level of stress to and from work.
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