Our needs change as we go through various stages of our lives – and that includes where we live, too. Whether your lifestyle has evolved or your family has expanded or left the nest, here’s how to determine if it’s time to find a new place or make modifications to your current home.

Determine what you’re looking for
Everyone has different requirements and priorities for housing. If you’re expecting your first child, you’ll have substantially different needs than the family with three teenage boys, or the person whose aging parent needs in-home care.

Make a list of what you need and want in a home and a list of what you like and dislike about your current home. Then compare the two lists. If renovating is an option, get a contractor or an architect to look at your house, explain your options and provide you with an estimate. I can also help you evaluate your renovation options. I know what improvements and additions can do for the value of your home and what prospective buyers are looking for – and willing to pay for – in your area.

What to do when it’s time to pack up
If you decide to sell your home, it’s good to be aware of the various steps and challenges involved. I can handle the responsibility of listing, marketing and showing your home. I can also guide you through the transaction and negotiate on your behalf. The faster I sell your home, the sooner you can eliminate house-related expenses and the mortgage payment.

And since you’re moving out, that means you’re looking for a new place to move into. To get started on the home buying process, get pre-approved for a loan by a lender so you’ll have an idea of your price range. Then let’s talk about what you’re looking for so I can search for properties that meet your needs.

Make a smart choice
We’re faced with making decisions at every turn, but housing is one of the most important decisions you can make. Spending time to think about what your needs are and getting the right help on your side is what will make your decision a smart one.

I’d be delighted to be of assistance! Let’s get started!

Pictured above: 15 Granburg in Oakwell Farms offers a one-story open floor plan in guarded, centrally located neighborhood. Hardwood floors in living and dining rooms. Beautiful built-ins, wet bar and vaulted ceilings. House wired for stereo system that is staying in the house. Entire back of the house is full of windows that overlook the covered patio and gorgeous pool with hot tub and fountain. Kitchen and master bath have been tastefully updated. Amenities of Oakwell Farm include swimming pool, tennis courts, jogging and biking trail, playing field, basketball court, playground and 24 hour guarded gate. Listed by my Nix Realty Company colleague Sally Blecher. Let’s go see it!