Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc



Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 11/5/2017

Just because many Americans live in their house less than six years, doesn't mean that you can't come to love a house until it hurts emotionally to even think about moving. In fact, you'd be among more than about a third of America's homeowners if you stayed in your house for 10 or more years.

Houses are a lot more than brick and mortar

During those 10 or more years, you'd build memories. You're sure to do this even if you don't have children. There's the decorating, general maintenance and landscaping. There's also holiday gatherings, fine dining and hours resting on the sofa or in bed at night.

These are just a few of the experiences that turn a house into a vital part of your personal history. Live in a house long enough, raising children and caring for grandchildren when they visit on weekends, holidays and during summer, and you might not recall some of the warmest experiences in your life without seeing yourself in your house.

Yet, warm memories are not going to stop your house from aging. Warm memories won't stop your house's pipes from turning fragile, the roof from leaking or the floor from curling or sagging. If you're up in your years, your adult children or friends could stop by and help with repairs.

Take the sting out of leaving an old house

After awhile, even this may not suffice. You may have to face the fact that it's time to move. Give yourself time to adjust to looking for another house, perhaps a smaller, more modern home. Or perhaps you've decided to move into an apartment,the type of place you won't have to repair and maintain.

To adjust to moving out of a house with history, be sure to pack your pictures. Bring them with you to your new home. Discuss the idea of moving with family and friends. Don't bury your decision to move.

It also helps to write how you feel about moving out of your old house in a journal. Just getting the words on paper can make you feel better, can help you to feel empowered enough to take your memories with you to a new place.

After you decide on a house or apartment to move into, solicit the support of family and friends. Turn the move into a supportive event. Pull out your iPod and play your favorite songs. Let yourself laugh and recall fun times that you experienced in the house.

You could even take pictures of the move. Do the same when you arrive at your new home. After all, you're going to create warm memories at your new home too, the very memories that may one day be among your dearest.

Even with these steps, it may take months to adjust emotionally and psychologically to living in a new home. Be patient with yourself, the same as you would be with a good friend.




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