You have to pack up everything you own, somehow get all of that from one place to the other, and then unpack all day. It’s an annoying process that nobody likes, but most of us will have to do it at some point in our lives. But when should you move? Here are a few signs that it’s time:
Better Apartment/Lower Costs
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the most common reasons Americans move are for better housing and/or lower housing costs. Your apartment should feel like home. If you’re having issues with parking, noisy neighbors, crime rates, pests, or maintenance-neglected disrepair, you might want to consider finding a better place to live.
Also consider the cost. Living on or near a college campus can typically be more expensive than places off campus. If you are conveniently located, but struggling to make rent, it’s probably not worth it.
The Census Bureau names family as a close second reason why people move. This includes divorce or separation. While this may not be the case for you, living with a roommate can come with similar problems. Constant conflict with your roommate can interfere with many facets of your life. You don’t want bad blood in such close quarters because it makes the living space uncomfortable. Your apartment should feel safe, and if you have a poor relationship with your roommate, it may be time to move.
Campus and/or Jobs are too Far
The third reason that people move is due to employment. Commuting to campus can be a struggle, especially if there’s a ton of traffic and sparse parking. If you’re a senior, you will soon be moving into your profession, and may have difficulty finding a job where you live. If you often find yourself late to class because of the commute, or you feel limited in your career options due to location, then it’s probably time to start thinking about a move.
The items listed above may be the most common reasons people move, but there are many more signs to consider. What is your relationship with your landlord and the apartment staff? Are your maintenance requests often ignored? Did your apartment stop allowing pets? Is it difficult for you to find parking in your own complex? Use your best judgment to decide when the time has come.
It’s not always an easy decision to make. Relocating puts us out of our comfort zone, even if it’s ultimately the best decision. Sometimes, you’re forced to admit that your current living situation is holding you back, and simply let it go.
About the Author: Aniqa Chowdhury is a third-year Communications major at San Diego State University with a growing passion for creative writing. Aside from writing, she also enjoys taking public speaking classes and reading fiction novels. Her hope is to work in the entertainment industry when she graduates.