To move or not to move?

To quote the great William Shakespeare…

“To move, or not to move, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer your current home
The slings and arrows of outrageous expense,
Or to take arms against your sea of troubles
And by opposing end them by getting outta there…”

Okay, so we have slightly misquoted the great bard there a little bit (some might even say improved on his words), but if you have been asking yourself that question…

To move or not to move?

Then we have some advice for you here. (We have also hidden a few other Shakespeare quotes/misquotes around the piece, so see if you can spot them).

Sure, you may have seen an affordable house for sale, but does that mean you should start packing your boxes? No, especially considering the stress that comes with a house move. Take time out to think, even if you are currently in the winter of your discontent. Let’s have a look at why you might want to move, and as we do so, let’s consider the alternatives.

Reasons for wanting to move

#1: You are suffering the expense

Is your home proving expensive to live in? Are your bills a little on the high side? Then moving to a cheaper neighbourhood or a smaller property may be the answer. But considering the high cost of moving – estate agent, mortgage, and moving fees (as examples) – perhaps you’re better off looking at ways to save money in your current property. There are loads of ideas here, with tips on saving money on your household bills as well as some cunning little tips and tricks on most of your expenses, so have a read before taking on the huge expense of getting thee to a nunnery, or any other accommodation idea that may have taken your eye.

#2: There is a distinct lack of space

Whatever the reason – your family has grown, you need a home office, you have regular house guests – you may have run out of space at home. It’s a problem and is a common reason for wanting to move into a larger property. We get it. However, there are a couple of alternatives; you may be able to get your current home as you like it, before upping sticks. The first is to declutter your home, getting rid of anything that is filling up your space. If you don’t need something, get rid of it, or invest in more storage to accommodate your stuff. If this doesn’t solve your issue, then consider an extension. Sure, it can be expensive, but it’s cheaper than buying a new house. You might want to build outward or convert an existing room, such as your garage or loft into something fit for purpose. Not only will this help you with your issue of not enough space, but it will also add value to your home should you decide to sell your home later rather than sooner.

#3: You’re bored of your home

After a while, looking at the same four walls can get a little boring. Where once you were thrilled with the home you are living in, everything might now seem a little worn, outdated, and just plain dull. If only you could live somewhere new. If only you could live in a place that made you excited about coming home at the end of each day. If only you could… blah blah blah. However, remember that all that glitters is not gold. You don’t need to move to get that excited or homely feeling again. The cheaper answer is to give your current surroundings a makeover, and there are some affordable ideas here. Giving your decor a facelift doesn’t have to cost the earth, and if you have seen a house style you like, then a little renovation may be in order. Sure, you could move house, but what happens when you get bored down the line with your new property? Sometimes, money is better spent refitting and repurposing what you already have.

#4: You have terrible neighbours

We aren’t all blessed with wonderful human beings living next door to us. Your neighbours may be loud, obnoxious, and just plain irritating. If they are making your life a misery, then moving home may be the answer. It’s not fair, of course, but that might be easier than putting up with them a moment longer. However, there are ways to deal with those oafsome idiots if they are driving you around the bend. Hiring a hitman is one option, although it’s not legal. Crying havoc and letting slip the dogs of war is another approach, but a full-scale battle isn’t the answer. However, you could get in touch with your local council, especially if their home is rented. You may be able to get them evicted. Or you might want to soundproof your home if noise is an issue. And there are other ideas here, all of which should be considered before you do make a move. You deserve peace and quiet and a home to relax in, so if this is your issue, we hope you get it sorted.

So, are you still thinking of moving house? Or does the lady doth protest too much?

Consider your options and see if there is a workaround. But then what do we know? To thine own self be true; if moving house is what you want to do, then go for it. There are more things in Heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy, so follow your heart if you want to move to another part of this sceptred isle, this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England!

Thanks for reading!

*this is a collaborative post

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