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Should we move/ buy a new house?

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Dw and I have owned our current house for 3.5 years. It is a lovely little 2 bedroom, 1000 sq. ft. brick row house in a pretty good neighbourhood. It is a good size for our little family, though we anticipate it will feel pretty small in a few years once we have #2 (currently TTC) and as the kid(s) get bigger. Plus, we really don’t feel good about any of the school choices in our catchment area—other than the very pricey Waldorf school—and will likely want to move when it’s time for school. We just found out that the park directly across the street from our house is going to be re-done. Great…except that this means we will living next to or basically in a major construction zone for 18 months starting from this August. While the overall outcome will be a lovely new park, new playground equipment etc, in the short term we will have to put up with noise, dust, closed streets, no pool (which we usually swim at every day)—and all this when we are hoping to have a new little baby in that 18 month time frame. Our neighbourhood is already pretty noisy, frankly. We would be most likely looking to move to a different neighbourhood for reasons stated above and b/c our house is probably the only one we can afford in our location. Oh, and I should add that dd is a VERY sensitive kid, so I don’t want to make this kind of major change lightly for that reason.<br><br><br>
Old house<br>
Pros:<br>
·We love our little house, dd was born there, her placenta is buried under our rosebush.<br>
·We have great connections to other moms & kids in the area<br>
·Our wonderful dcp lives in this area too<br>
·We can walk most places, I can bike to work or take 1 bus.<br>
·We like living downtown, in an economically diverse area.<br>
·We have a nice little yard.<br>
·Lots of great parks.<br>
Plus..a nice neighbour.<br><br><br>
Cons:<br>
·Schools are not great<br>
·We are going to outgrow house soon.<br>
·House needs repairs, work that we don’t really have time/money/energy to make.<br>
·Kitchen is TERRIBLE. And I love to cook…<br>
·No space for guests (though this is a pro too in that we don’t have to host gparents in our house).<br>
·No parking in summer (see yard)<br>
·Noisy student neighbourhood, lots of late-night partying.<br>
·Economic diversity in this case also means drug activity and vagrants in some parts of our neighbourhoods.<br><br><br>
So…we’re wondering if we should move…and if so, we would need to do it sooner b/c we would want to avoid the construction I’ve mentioned… The major downsides as I see it are losing our lovely neighbourhood (but we might find another lovely one) and the expense/chaos of moving…<br><br>
What would you do?
 

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If it was me, "I" would move and ideally try to do it before August and all the construction. The neighbourhood doesn't sound ideal and I think it's important to live in a good school district, though I've always seem to end up in cities with either really good school or really bad so it make a huge difference.<br><br>
The only concern I see is that you don't have $ for repairs. That might make selling harder.
 

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Wouldn't the value of your house go up after the park is done? I would probably hold off. Living near a construction zone really isn't that bad.
 

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Doesn't sound like its going to work for you long term.
 

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Yep, too small is too small. And drug activity nearby won't fly when your kids are old enough to ride their bikes around the neighborhood without you. Can you get your house on the market before the park renovation starts?
 

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thanks for the input everyone! much appreciated.<br><br>
re: affording a bigger house. Our house has appreciated by about $40,000 or more, and we already had a pretty good down payment, so we can afford a more expensive house without needing the mortgage to go up much. Which is good, because we can NOT afford a higher mortgage. And our neighbourhood, for all its downsides, is pretty pricey, so we could likely do better elsewhere.<br><br>
As some of you have said, too small is too small, and from that standpoint it would be better to move quickly. We are going to meet an agent who's a friend to get advice. Part of my concern is all the expense that the move itself will entail, as we do not have a lot of extra $ right now. Plus all the chaos etc. That said, we only have 1 kid, and dw is a SAHM from now until August, so that would make it all easier...<br>
hmmm....
 

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I would wait until the park has been completed OR try to sell before the construction starts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Obviously this isn't going to work for you long term, so you need to move, but move at a time that is most advantageous to you1
 

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It doesn't hurt to look. Since you don't absolutely have to move right now, you could take your time looking at houses, and find something you really love. (take the rosebush with you, lol)
 
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