Put simply, moving sucks. When you have your entire life set up in one apartment, it can be almost unimaginable to pick up your belonging and move your life elsewhere, even if it’s just down the street. Packing everything into boxes also makes you realize how much useless stuff you really have and second guess whether or not you might be a hoarder. That being said, it’s a necessary evil when you realize it’s time to move to a new apartment. If you read through these next eight signs that it’s time to move to a new apartment and hear some bells ringing, it might be time to start searching current listings in your area.
You can’t afford it
Well, this one is pretty obvious. Maybe you lost your job, or maybe your parents finally cut you off (how dare they!). Either way, you’re going to have to find something cheaper and get out of there pretty fast. Thankfully, there are a lot of affordable apartment rental resources to help you out with that. Another option to explore is to take on a roommate or multiple roommates to lessen the rental burden. If you go this route, be certain you understand what living with a roommate means.
Your commute to work sucks
You landed your dream job a while back only to realize that you need to wake up at the crack of dawn, take two subway lines, walk four avenues, and offer your soul to Satan just to get there by 9 AM. If you’re starting to get fed up with your commute to work, which carves out a huge majority of your time, then that’s a telltale sign you might want to move somewhere more convenient. Do your research: figure out which location is close to public transportation. Better yet, if possible, works toward finding an apartment that’s in walking distance to your job.
You had a major life change
As you very well know, life has a way of throwing curveballs. That curveball could be that you broke up with a long-term partner who lived with you. Maybe now it doesn’t make sense to stay where you are. It could be a new job, a new puppy, a new passion. If you’re going through a shift in your routine, it’s probably time to consider how your living situation will affect your lifestyle and whether or not it’s still compatible.
You’ve outgrown the neighborhood
Choosing your very first apartment is a huge deal. Maybe you tried to seek out the best location in terms of bars, clubs, and restaurants, and you’ve just become too much of a grandma to keep up with that lifestyle any longer. Time for some peace and quiet! On the flip side, if you’re going crazy from the deafening silence in your neighborhood, and the closest source of food is the McDonalds on the highway, it’s time to look elsewhere. Either way, location is everything. Find an apartment in an area that you feel comfortable and that fits your vibe.
You can’t stand your roommate
At this point, you’ve probably tried everything to make peace with your roommate. However, when it comes down to it, there comes a point when you have to give in and come to terms with the fact that you just aren’t meant to live with each other. For example, if you’re constantly butting heads, and all your roommate needs to do is breathe too loudly to get you angry, then you should start looking to move to a new apartment. Either live by yourself or try to find roommates who won’t steal your leftovers.
You have too much stuff
Over the years, you’ll accumulate a bunch of odds and ends —some that you need, some that you don’t. In 2014, it was estimated that the average U.S. household has 300,000 things! Regardless, if your shoebox-sized apartment is starting to feel like, well, a much smaller shoebox, then you’ve most likely outgrown your residence. Needing more space is just another part of growing up, so be real with yourself when determining how many square feet you really need.
You find yourself scrolling through Pinterest for “apartment inspo” daily
If you catch yourself on Pinterest looking at apartment inspiration pictures, and constantly are dreaming of an apartment that isn’t your own, that’s a sign to move to a new apartment that meets some of your apartment #goals — granted that you have the money to make it happen, or have been saving up.
You’re thinking (seriously) about the future
It could be time to move to a new apartment if you foresee a big change that you’ve seriously considered. Depending on what point you’re at in your life, your next step could be a new puppy, a new child, or a new job. If your current apartment won’t accommodate that big change, and you’re ready to take those next steps, start looking for other options.
Does any of this sound like you? Like we said, moving is no east feat. But being honest with yourself and your situation, and judging whether or not you’re in the right place is crucial. And with the right resources, finding a new and improved apartment is no biggie. Get movin’.