The 30 tell-tale signs that it's time to move

The 30 tell-tale signs that it's time to move

Posted 22nd Aug 2018

Are you guilty of browsing property websites and forgetting what it is you love about your interiors? Then it could be time to start looking for a new home...

A poll of 2,000 homeowners, conducted by Keepmoat Homes, found over one in three of us have got itchy feet and are currently looking to move, be it because they feel they have outgrown their property, or that it's too small.

If you've been putting off DIY, it's another sign that it's time for a move, as is complaining about your property and starting to pay more attention to other people's houses.

The study revealed this would happen to the average homeowner within nine years, but more than one in 10 admitted to thinking about moving after just three years.

Two thirds were found to be spending an average of 15 minutes each day on websites as they searched for their next home, while 71 per cent said they would stop and have a nose at estate agent windows for their potential home.

The average homeowner will live in their first home for around six years prior to the 'For Sale' sign going up, with the majority moving on because they want a bigger house.

Other common reasons for moving included finding a home in a better location, wanting a bigger garden, or moving away from annoying neighbours.

However, 41 per cent said they are stuck where they are due to a lack of funds, while 23 per cent are unable to find a property they like.

The stress of moving proved a deterrent for over one fifth too, who said they couldn't face the stress of buying a home.

The 30 signs you have itchy feet are:

1. Your home starts to feel too big or small

2. You browse home-moving websites like Zoopla or Rightmove

3. There are DIY jobs you can't be bothered to crack on with

4. You start to hate the neighbours

5. You notice other people's homes more frequently

6. You don't have enough storage space

7. You start to yearn for a shorter commute

8. You spend ages complaining about your house

9. You start homing in on all the things which are 'wrong' with the house

10. You have the money to move

11. You feel your home is now too old-fashioned

12. You've forgotten everything you once loved about it

13. You imagine how you'd decorate a new house

14. You've stopped tidying and cleaning as much as you should

15. You bring up houses, decorating and house-hunting in conversation more than you used to

16. You want a new project to work on

17. You start spending more time outside the house than in

18. You begin to feel your kids are ‘too big’ for the house

19. You feel you have ‘too many’ children for your current home

20. You slow down every time you go past a 'For Sale' sign

21. Your friends are all living in a different area

22. You stop keeping up with basic maintenance like replacing light bulbs

23. You don't invite friends round any more

24. You get annoyed by cars parking in ‘your’ space

25. You let your garden fall into disrepair

26. You've had planning permission refused and can’t do things you want to do

27. You take a weirdly keen interest in other people who are buying new homes

28. You start buying home interior magazines

29. You never go in your garden

30. You find yourself 'window shopping' at B&Q

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