Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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Should I stay or should I go?

How to Move Up with Ease Series 

You loved your first home when you bought it but now life has changed and now you are wondering “Should I move?”  We all know life changes and sometimes that first home we loved no longer fits our needs in a home.

When you are ready for a new home but also have one to sell or rent out, the stakes are much higher.

You have more to plan for, think about, and “get right” than when you were buying your first home.  You want to be able to move up without stress and hassle.

Our 5-part weekly series is a “how-to” guide for moving up to your next home with as little stress as possible.    

Whether it’s your first time selling or you’ve done it before, this series is a great resource. 

First up, how do you decide if you should move or stay in your current home? 

The Clash said it best in their hit song, ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ and that might be what you are feeling now that you’ve been in your home for a while, but how to know what the best decision is—should I move? 

Your cozy home now feels cramped. Your hip neighborhood now feels noisy. Your job and commute have now changed. Your oldest kid starts school next year.

You change. Life changes.  And so do your needs and wants.  

Moving can be a hard decision, both financially and personally, so determine if you’re truly ready for it.  

Here’s what to consider before you start packing: 

Your Money Situation 

  • Equity in your home. If you have owned your home for three or more years, then you should have substantial equity. This is when your investment pays off and you can use this equity toward the purchase of your next home!  
  • Financial Outlook. Your employment is steady, your income is improving, and your entire financial situation looks good now and down the road. This means three things: 1) You will get approved for a mortgage; 2) you can afford higher mortgage payments; and 3) you can own a more expensive, larger home. 
  • Healthy Housing Market. If the market is stable or flourishing, then it’s a good time to sell your current home and buy a new one. Homes priced right will move and that’s good if you’re a seller. It’s better to avoid a sluggish time in the market. Your home could take a while to sell and who wants to drag it out and not get the price you were hoping for?  

Your Needs & Wants 

Location, Location, Location.  When you bought your current home, it probably felt like the perfect location for you, but maybe not now. So many variables go into what makes a good neighborhood for you and your family at this specific time.  

It might not be a kid-friendly neighborhood and you want a better school district, or you changed jobs and now spend more time in the car, or maybe the neighborhood itself has changed. Maybe your quiet street is now too busy. Perhaps you want a stronger community feel or a more walkable neighborhood. Or you want a larger yard and more space between neighbors.  

It all comes down to what you want now and where you picture yourself living. Plan to stay at your next home for at least five years, what will your life look like then?

Can’t or Won’t Remodel.  You love all the home improvement shows and can just imagine your home remodeled and updated with larger rooms, a gleaming kitchen. But you realize it’s only a fixer-upper dream. Your yard is too small for an addition, you’re not zoned for it, or you just can’t live through the mess or cost. Plus, you never want to be the nicest house on the block. Moving can provide you with more sanity, more room, and you can ditch the reconfiguring of the floor plan. 

Space Invaders. You want to increase your home’s size since your family is growing OR you want to downsize because the house is too much work or financially it makes sense. Whatever the direction, you’ve realized the size and space of your home don’t work for you and your family anymore.  

You want space for toys (yours and theirs!) and to say goodbye to cluttered, cramped rooms.  Or you don’t need 4 bedrooms anymore and want a more manageable home and yard. Space needs can change dramatically in a short period of time so plan accordingly for down the road.  

Green Acres. Homeowners either love big yards or hate them. Have you figured out what you like? Yard space can be a wonderful addition to your home — for entertaining friends, for kids, for dogs, for gardening, for just getting some fresh air. Even a small patio or deck or even a nearby park may be what you are looking for next. 

If you don’t want to mow every Saturday or don’t have enough privacy between you and your neighbor’s yard, and it’s nagging you. Every. Single. Day … then it’s time to move.  

Life Changes You.  Where you live affects your life and vice versa … your life will affect where you should live. If you’re a growing family, a newly single parent, or just got a new job, you want a home that reflects you and your new needs. 

A condo unit and all of its amenities were perfect for you when you were on the go with travel and work. But maybe you’re more settled now and ready for a single-family home to take care of and spend time in with family and friends.  Or maybe you weren’t “ready” for a single-family home and its responsibilities a few years back as a first-time buyer. Now you’re a confident homeowner and you want your own space and yard and not deal with your condo’s rules anymore. 

Maybe when you bought your first home you wanted to be in the heart of the city where all the action is, but now you are older or have had a child and want to be in a neighborhood or different school district.

Sometimes you can anticipate upcoming life changes that will happen in the next few years. It’s good to be prepared and perhaps plan an earlier move, especially if the housing market is good and rates are low. Timing can make or break the affordability of certain homes. 

If you’d like to talk more specifically about your situation and get some help with the question “Should I move?” contact us at  We will always be honest with you and never just try to sell you another home.  Sometimes the home you already have is good enough with some tweaks and maybe our list of vendors, contractors, and fixer-uppers, can help you stay put!   

Next up in our series for week two is a must-read, or should we say a must-answer! What First Time Sellers Need to Ask First provides the questions that can lead you to your next home purchase. 

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We're April and Jean, we help first-time sellers in the Northeast Grand Rapids area. Our number one focus is you! We are here to guide you through the process of selling your first home and buying your next. That way you can buy and sell with confidence.  

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