What Factors Decide Where You Live?
The other day I realized it’s going to be seven years since we purchased our house. It is so hard for me to believe, and I’m so proud of how I’ve really helped turn this house into a home. I’ve painted pretty much every surface in this house; installed new flooring in many of the rooms, and decorated to make it feel like it’s truly our home. Right now, I’m very happy with our home and I work hard to keep it clean, decluttered, and organized so it’s a place we love to be. With a two year old, we don’t go out as much as we used to, so it’s nice to have a place to hang out in which we’re comfortable.
About five years ago I couldn’t wait to sell our house and move. We’ve considered moving to Michigan (where my family is) or Colorado (where Mr. Money’s family is). My sister ended up moving to our state about a year ago and since she did that, we’ve felt more like this is where we are meant to be right now. I’m happy with it and so is Mr. Money. However, if things changed I think we may consider relocating. Our families are not getting any younger, and it does make me sad that Penny doesn’t get to experience living near most of our family. It’s hard!
Before we would consider moving, there are plenty of points we’d have to consider. First and foremost we’d have to find a good paying job with benefits for Mr. Money. That’s non-negotiable. Of course we need income to support our family so if he couldn’t find a job there’s no way we’d be able to move. Since we try to limit our expenses and live frugally, we’d probably be able to make it if his salary was a little less than ideal. Having health insurance is a very nice thing to have, and not something I’d like to go without.
We’d also have to be able to afford a reasonably sized house in a good area, preferably with some land. I wouldn’t want to give up our house and property that I love to move somewhere else that I didn’t. I’d also like our new house to have a garage, basement, and wood stove. Those are probably the three most important things that we’d require if we were going to look for a new house. Knowing how weird I am about organization, I’d have to use a moving house checklist to ensure everything was completed.
I would love to move somewhere new and interesting- maybe Montana or Utah, but since we don’t have family there it wouldn’t be an option. I’m very glad that we lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for a few years when we were young and child free. It was a great opportunity and I don’t think we’d ever be able to do that again! Right now I’m going to continue to make our house a home and do upgrades to our house when we can so we can maximize our profit if we ever do sell!
What factors are most important in deciding where you live? Do you live near your family?