It’s not as common as it once was to stay in a home for your entire lifetime.  People buy “starter” homes, then they buy homes that are meant to raise their families in, and then when they are empty nesters they buy smaller homes.  The cliché that the only thing in life that is constant is change is also true for homeownership.

One of the harder decisions is making the transition from your starter home to a bigger home.  This was your first home, you’ve built memories in this space, you have an emotional connection to this place, however, there may come a time when you need to be honest with yourself and realize that your home isn’t working for you anymore, which can be a positive thing. Change is an exciting part of life, and your home should reflect your life changes. You’ll always have your memories, but it might be time to make new ones in a new home.

How will you know when it’s time to move on?  Here are a few sure signs that it might be time.

  1. You Need More Space

Your family that was once comfortable for two now seems a little crowded as your family grows.  If the bedrooms are full and toys have taken over every room, you are probably in need of an upgrade.

  1. You Don’t Need As Much Room

Outgrowing your home can also be the result of needing less space. To stretch the most out of your retirement years, consider a more modest home in a location that you have always dreamt of living.

  1. Clutter is always in the walkways.

As you accumulate stuff – from sports equipment to kitchen gadgets to gear for other hobbies or activities – it might be time to find a space that can hold you and your home’s contents.

  1. You’re always landscaping.

A large yard can be great for young children to play in but takes time and money to maintain.

  1. You’re in Better Financial Shape

A recent job promotion or inheritance can allow you to move to a bigger home or maybe a more desirable neighborhood. Improving finances give you the chance to live comfortably and enjoy the space that you have worked so hard to earn.

  1. You Can’t Entertain

If you find yourself squeezing everyone in and being embarrassed about your lack of space at parties, consider letting someone else be the host or upgrading to a home with plenty of room for entertaining, it might be time to upgrade.

  1. Your home’s endearing features are losing their charm.

What you once thought of as clever and quirky, now just seems flat out annoying.

  1. You Grow Tired of Waiting in Line for your Own Bathroom

As kids approach their teen years and showering is no longer considered a punishment, needing another bathroom becomes imperative.

  1. Your commute is longer.

As your career evolves, your home might not be in the most convenient location near your office anymore. To have the best work/life balance, it can be smart to think about relocating to a home that relieves some of the strain.

  1. You always hang out in a different city.

There’s a reason you’re always driving 30 miles out of the way to have dinner at your favorite restaurant or visiting friends in a certain community every weekend. If you find yourself spending all of your time in a place that isn’t near your home, it might be time to recognize that your heart is elsewhere, and not where you currently live.