5 Signs It’s Time To Sell Your House
Every day is the same. You wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed, and do it all over again. Meanwhile, everything around you seems to be changing: new construction is popping up on every corner, a light rail station is being built down the street, and the traffic just seems to get worse every day.
At this point, you may be feeling like your life is as grey as Seattle’s skies. Your house doesn’t feel like your home anymore; it’s just a place for you to rest your head at night. Something just doesn’t feel right to you anymore. You’re not sure what it is, but there’s a feeling inside you that something needs to change. To help you gain clarity, here are a few signs now might be the time to sell your house and move on to the next stage of your life.
1. You’re Not Happy About the Changes in Your Neighborhood
This subject is a tricky one, but it’s one that has affected many homers’ decisions to sell their house and move on.
We believe there are three sides to every story: the two versions and the truth. On one hand, self-proclaimed urbanists are pushing for more development and higher density zoning in neighborhoods previously filled with single-family homes. On the other, neighborhood preservationists don’t want to see their neighborhoods change to the degree that they are.
The truth is that these developments are happening whether you’re happy about it or not. As the greater Seattle area fills up with new residents, lawmakers are looking into updated zoning laws to take steps forward to increase density in and around the city. In fact, even the light rail extension has caused a domino effect on the neighborhood changes that we’re seeing right now.
If you’re unhappy about the changes happening in your neighborhood – whether it’s new townhomes next door or increased population all around – it might be time to find a new one.
2. You Can’t Afford to Maintain or Upgrade Your House
As the cost of living continues to rise steadily in Seattle, the struggle to afford even minor upgrades and maintenance on your home is real.
Everything from King county’s recent property tax increase to the lack of supply for the current demand of contractors makes it difficult to afford to own a home, especially if it’s an older one that needs a lot of work.
When this is the case, it may be time to cash in on your home and find a new neighborhood – or even potentially a new city with lower costs of living. Cities such as Phoenix, Arizona, and Boise, Idaho offer a solution to living in a populous area but at a portion of the cost of living in Seattle.
3. You’re Not Happy With Your Current Life Choices
Ask yourself this: If you grew up in the Seattle area, why did you stay? If you moved here from somewhere else, what brought you here?
If you’re not happy with your life, it’s a good idea to sit down and take a good look at your life choices that got you here. Are you stuck in a career that you don’t like? Are you unable to even find a steady job? Or maybe mistakes were made and you’re separated from your family and other personal relationships.
One reason why you may be unhappy may have to do with where you live and why you’re living here. As Seattle’s tech industry grows, the city becomes more stressful every day and everything from your commute to the state of your relationships can affect your happiness.
Perhaps now is the time for a major life change and a new setting for the next stage in your life’s journey? After all, life is too short to be unhappy with where you live.
4. You’re Tired of The Weather
At the time of posting, it’s April. We’re right at the end of one of the greyest, wettest, and dreariest times of the year. Sure, our summers are perfect – but it only lasts for three months (if we’re lucky) before the sky turns grey for another nine months.
With issues like seasonal affective disorder, the weather can have major implications on our lives. While we get the benefit of long and warm sunny days in the summer, the rest of time we’re driving around with our headlights on, even at noon.
If you’ve had one too many dark and wet winters, the good news is that it’s not like this everywhere. It might be the perfect time to head to San Diego, Los Angeles, or Phoenix to soak up some long-forgotten sun rays.
5. Your Heart Doesn’t Belong Here Anymore
The green trees, the endless mountain ranges, the Puget Sound, the mingling scent of beer and fish at Pike Place, the Seahawks: these are just a few of the reasons why, outside of job opportunities, people are drawn to the greater Seattle area. If none of these makes you fall in love with the city all over again, it might be a sign you’re simply ready to move on.
Those who have lived in the area for the last five or more years know the amount of change our city has undergone recently, and it’s not going to stop anytime soon. Whether these changes are part of the problem, or you simply don’t feel attached to the area anymore, ask yourself: is there somewhere else that sounds more appealing?
It doesn’t have to be across the country – in fact, there are plenty of other great cities and towns in Washington to live in. If your heart isn’t in it anymore and there are no other ties keeping you here, it might be time to put together a list of other places that make your heart pound again.
So, what did you decide?
If you’re thinking about selling your home and don’t want to wait any longer, click here to request an offer from our team. We’ll send you an all-cash offer and work with you to close in a way that best fits your needs; whether that’s this week or in six months.