The Upside of Moving

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upside of movingHello Readers, I received some amazing feedback from my article: When Is It Worth Going Back Into Debt?  One reader’s feedback really stood out to me.  This reader was actually my Mom, who wrote me a long dissertation about how I am being shortsighted, further affirming that she always knows best.

 

So without further ado, here is an excerpt of my Mom’s wise words below:

 

Moving isn’t easy, but we have never dreaded it. We have found it to be exciting. Moving four times has allowed our wants, desires, and tastes to evolve more naturally with each move. It has also forced us to constantly update our home, keeping it fresh. Example: Some of our friends still have baby pictures sitting out, and their kids are in their 30’s.

 

upside of movingSince my parents first were married, they have lived in four different houses.   

 

  • House #1 – 7 years
  • House #2 (same neighborhood as house #1, but bigger house) – 6 years
  • House #3 (bigger than #2) – 13 years
  • House #4 (biggest one of all) – 18 years and counting

 

The Downside to Moving More Than Once

  • back into debt upside of movingLots of work and stress involved with moving
  • Realtor fees at 6% is a high barrier to jump over
  • Moving fees can be expensive

 

According to the latest figures, the average Inter-state moving fee costs roughly $4,300, while an Intra-state moving fee costs around $2,300.  And the average family moving 7,400 pounds, or almost FOUR tons of stuff.  Clearly, we have a lot of hoarders in this country!

 

Stepping Stone Moves

upside of movingLiving in different houses and in different locations, my parents have realized what they truly like.  They thought that House #3 would be a “forever” home.  But instead, they never settled on a “forever” home, they have been able to continue upgrading over the years. 

 

Avoiding Road Noise

upside of movingMy parents moved into House #3 in December 1986.  By March 1987, my Dad told my Mom that that house could not be their forever home because of the highway noise in the background.  It took them 12.5 years to find their current home (House #4).  If they ever were to move again, they would avoid any home with excessive traffic noise after their experience in House #3.

 

Convenience

upside of movingMy parents love how their current home is less isolated compared to House #3.  The recreation center is around the corner, as well as grocery stores, the bank, their dentist, restaurants, the mall, the library, etc.  If they are one day unable to drive as they become older, it would be very easy for them to walk to many of these places, although hopefully driverless technology is around the corner.

 

The More Bathrooms, the Better

upside of movingOne of the biggest takeaways my Mom learned from living in different homes was that you can never have enough bathrooms.  House #1 only had one small bathroom.  That could get tricky with multiple people needing to use it at once.  In House #3, my sister and I had to share a bathroom, and my sister did not enjoy one moment of that.

 

Capital Gains Tax

If you are approaching the $250,000 limit for single filers, ($500,000 for married filers), you can avoid capital gains tax on your home’s appreciation by moving to another home.  E.g., Let’s say as a single filer, you bought your home for $100,000.  But now it’s worth $350,000.  If you sell it for $351,000, you will have to pay a capital gains tax on the $1,000.  However, if you buy a new house for $200,000 before your current home appreciates more than $250,000, you are able to essentially reset as move up into a nicer home.  So then your new capital gains tax threshold would become $550,000.

 

My Shortsightedness

After my parents had lived in two different homes, they were sure that their third would be their “forever” home.  They thought they knew exactly what they wanted at that point, but that was not truly the case.  The biggest point my Mom was trying to make to me was that my pursuit of a “forever” home may be shortsighted.  

 

upside of movingAlthough my parents have been in their current home for 18+ years, they aren’t even convinced that it will be their “forever” home.  Their closest friends, who are also their neighbors, are both moving out of the area.  Younger families are moving in, and my parents have little in common with them.  Neighbors have always been an important aspect of my parent’s social circle.

 

With all that said, I think I will follow my Mom’s advice and not focus so much on finding a “forever” home, but instead focus on finding something that meets our current needs and maybe even some wants.  

 

Broadening the Search

upside of movingSo, for fun, my wife and I have begun to expand our search.  We have looked at some out-of-state homes and are impressed with the possibilities.  Almost everywhere seems cheap compared to the prices in my current area.  A good school district is important to me for my kids.  Also, a home that is close to an international airport so that we could travel that much more easily would be ideal.

 

My wife, on the other hand, wouldn’t mind waiting a couple of years to get her sister’s situation more stable.  Then, she wouldn’t be opposed to moving somewhere warm, where the sun shines brightly year-round.  She would be content at a beach.  She is also on the same page as me about a good school district.  

 

Peachtree City, Georgia

upside of movingBoth my Mom and Sister have brought up the thought of relocating to Peachtree City, Georgia, just outside Atlanta.  The weather is obviously much warmer than the DC area, the homes are more reasonable in price, and most importantly, the schools are top-notch.  On the other hand, it’s not the beach.

 

We’ve only looked online, but the area definitely intrigues me.  Any of you familiar with that area or have been there?

 

So readers, if your employment wasn’t a factor, but cost, school system, location, etc. were, where would you live?  Share your thoughts below.

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  1. “According to the latest figures, the average Inter-state moving fee costs roughly $4,300, while an Intra-state moving fee costs around $2,300.”
    What. That seems crazy! These are the stats from a country that over 50% of citizens wouldn’t be able to pay for an emergency over $400?

    I didn’t know about the capital gains tax tidbit! Interesting! What and who do they get the estimate from?

    If employment location was not a factor, I would do exactly what you’re doing and look for something a little more tax friendly in an amazing neighborhood. So…definitely not California!

    • Hahaha…I don’t have any plans to move to California any time soon. I’d love to live in Florida with no state income taxes but I haven’t been able to get my family on board just yet 😉

  2. Great analysis! One major upside to moving is realizing how much stuff you have accumulated over time and being able to get rid of what you don’t need. We may have to move to a new place in the near future. I’m not fond of packing and unpacking. But I guess sometimes change is needed. 🙂
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    • That’s a great point Ms. Frugal Asian Finance!!! It makes a ton of sense to downsize and get rid of things that you truly don’t use or won’t intend to use in the future.

  3. I thought my previous home was going to be my forever home. Obviously, by calling it my “previous” you know that wasn’t the case. Your mom is wise to warn against specifically looking for a perfect forever home!

    BTW, I’ve never lived in the same house for more than 7 years. It seems by then I get the itch to move. My mom says I have some long-lost gypsy in my blood. 🙂
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    • Hahaha…gypsy in your blood 🙂 I have the opposite problem where I lived in places for 12+ years or more and I definitely didn’t think I’d be in our current house as long as we have 🙂

  4. We are about to move ourselves and have been looking for our “forever” home. I’ll share this article with my wife also to help us with perspective.

    Thank your mom for us 🙂

  5. I loved this post! I can relate…

    We recently made the move from the US to Italy, since I got an assignment here. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done to move my family across the world. Getting 4 children through security at the airport in London was… we’ll just say “stressful.”

    That being said, it was exciting the entire time, even through the stress. And since we’ve been here, we’ve found the adventure in everything. Sitting down at a table to negotiate a rental contract with your landlord when you don’t speak the same language is definitely interesting. Now we speak a little more Italian so we can actually communicate without Google translate.

    So yeah, regardless of the situation, moving can always be fun. It is a lot of work, but like your mom said: “we have never dreaded it.”
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  6. Your mom has a lot of wisdom to share. I definitely agree on keeping the home updated (which moving can force). This year I vowed to get our house in “sale-ready” condition – our friends freaked out and asked when we’re moving, and I told them the target was 10 years. I wanted to fix it up so we could enjoy it, not just a new buyer!

    Great and thoughtful post. I’ve been told that Atlanta is quite similar to the DFW area where I reside, and I did spend one summer there as well. Just know it culturally a steep drop from D.C., but there may be some advantages for raising kids. Good luck!
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    • Thanks for sharing Paul!!! That’s a great perspective to fix up the house so you can reap some of the benefits along the way 🙂 Why let the new people enjoy all the hard work and money you’ve put in!!!

  7. We are on our third home and will definitely move on to number four after we retire. There will likely be some short and medium term renting along the way to get a better idea of where we want to end up. I’m not familiar with Peachtree City, GA, but I hope you wouldn’t get caught up in that Atlanta traffic.

    We’ve always moved ourselves since the moves have been very local. We plan to get rid of a lot of possessions before moving the next time, so I think we can still handle the move ourselves.

    Also, I’m not there is such a thing as a ‘forever’ house. Over time, our needs and perspective have continued to change. Like your parents, I do have one criteria – peace and quiet with no road noise.
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    • Hahhaha…the one upside to road noise is being close to areas that most people want to be around 🙂

      I’ve found looking around that I am more and more content with where I live.

      I didn’t realize how tough it would be to find that perfect home 🙂

  8. I have this idea in mind that I’m not sure even exists in my price range. But, it involves waking up in my modest home on the ocean, possibly in the Carolinas or nicer parts of Florida. Can be an older, wooden home with a nice long deck or a condo with views for miles. Beautiful sea breeze. Sand hitting my feet as soon as I walk out.

    And … back to the reality of a chilly, rain Monday morning in May at my damn cubicle. Lol.

    Also, I think your Mom gives some good advice. However, with you wanting FIRE and already having your home paid off, I think you’re in a different situation. I wouldn’t think of it as “forever home” but the “FIRE home”. Where can you live cheaply, comfortably, have the house paid off, and still be happy? That’s your question — at least as I see it 🙂
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    • That’s a great perspective Dave!!! I definitely should be focused on the FIRE home and not just the forever home 🙂 I’ve done a litte digging in the Carolinas and Florida but am still looking for the right package of wants/needs. If you happen to come across anything let me know!!!

  9. I have jumped from place to place a lot since moving out of my parents’ home. I rent, which (1) makes it easier to move, but (2) makes it more necessary to move as prices year over year are less consistent. I have now lived in 7 different places in the DC area, which has really helped in figuring out what I like and don’t like.
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  10. You need to connect with Fritz from Retirement Manifesto regarding GA.

    We’re looking to build our next home and searching for land. I already feel like it’s going to be our interim home, not our forever home. We’re moving closer to Mr. G’s family as his parents are getting older.

    We also have my aunt near us in a nursing home. Does she move with us? Her money will run out in the next year or so. Do we keep her where she is? She’s in a good nursing home and they can’t boot her it when she goes on Medicaid. It’s not quite the same as fully taking care of a special needs person — by the way, there’s a special place in heaven for your wife — but it’s part of the equation.
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    • Thanks for the recommendation with connecting with Fritz. I will definitely reach out.

      Those are definitely hard dilemmas when it comes to your Aunt. My Great Aunt was in a nursing home and they took terrific care of her, much better than we would have been able to, especially towards the end of her life when she had more and more difficulty getting around.

      Good luck with whatever decision you make 🙂

  11. Peachtree sounds like a great place! I was born in Augusta and I can attest to the beauty that is Georgia. I loved being there as a kid. 🙂
    I despiiiiiise moving, but Mr. Picky Pincher and I moved every year that we lived in apartments to avoid higher rent. It was an absolute pain, but it saved us money in the long run and helped us keep our possessions in check.
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    • Thanks for sharing Mrs. Picky Pincher!!! I bet now that you own a home that you are super glad of the sacrifices you made 🙂 Sounds like you made the right decision!!!

    • Thanks for sharing Erik!!! If I didn’t have kiddos I definitely wouldn’t worry about some of the things we do today. Heck for that matter we’d probably be on a cruise ship enjoying the scenery!!!

  12. I lived for five years in college just up the road from Peachtree City in Decatur. It’s been about a decade and a half but I still visit the area often. The positive is it’s safe, slower paced, jobs are plentiful, pretty, and decent night life and eating out. The bad is the traffic. If you thought the DC corridor is bad wait until you have to drive across Atlanta during rush hour to go to work.
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    • Oh man, I don’t think I realized that there was so much traffic. If I’ve reached FIRE that might not be a big deal. On the other hand if I have to work I might stick where I’m at as I have a reverse commute!!!

  13. How I view homes has changed a lot over the years. I used to see them, to be honest, as trophies. Something big, perfectly decorated, needing rooms and equipment for every scenario. Now I have learned that for me, true happiness and joy can be found while backpacking. So, if all I need is the amount of stuff I can carry on my back ….. the house really starts to change it’s role.

    Location/ neighborhood is huge. We have kids, and the fact that there is a group of kids to run outside and play with is huge! After that it’s simply protection from the elements. I wish ours was smaller and simpler. A house is really a pain in the a$$ (dollar signs are intentional there). There is constantly upkeep projects that take time and money. If I designed my perfect scenario: Location – somewhere warm, in a medium size city neighborhood, with close access to lakes and mountains. The house itself would be small, simple, and VERY low maintenance. It’s simply a tool to protect me …..
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    • Thanks for sharing Tepid Tamale!!! I am definitely more interested in some landing that a huge house. I want my kiddos to be able to run outside and play football in the backyard. Hopefully where ever we end up it has that type of room!!!

  14. I think that trying to find a forever home is almost next to impossible as your life is always changing. With no job security nowaday, you may be able to find a home that fits most of your criteria, but a few years down the road, something may change. So when I buy a home, I always treat it as an investment and always put the resale value as part of my criteria.

    I had a friend that lives near an airport in Toronto. Trust me, it’s not fun. It’s very noisy and it makes enjoying your outdoor space a hassle.
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    • Thanks for sharing Leo!!! I think I probably overestimated how much things would change in my life in looking for a forever home. Maybe a tad optimistic on that front 🙂

  15. I’m with your mom on this one. We learned on house #3 (12 years) that we should never consider any home our forever home. Life changes so much and so do housing desires/needs. I also see people putting waaay too much money into their “fovever” homes – money they may not be able to recover if they had to move. Look forward to seeing where you guys end up!
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  16. Wise mom, you have MSM! I’ve moved many times in my life (about 27), and while it is a pain, it’s also very exciting. You just have to watch that the excitement of it doesn’t lead to overspending. We are now not in our forever home either, and I totally okay with that.

    I second Mrs. Groovy’s mention of Fritz @TheRetirementManifesto for info on Georgia. Beautiful state, but Atlanta traffic might be a big deterrent if you are commuting there.

    • Wow Amy 27 times. That is a ton of moves in comparison to the four homes that I’ve lived in, obviously outside the 3 places I lived in college. Sounds like you are probably an expert when it comes to moving time!!!

  17. You’re mom is definitely a wise individual, good luck with your search for your new place! I’ve always found house shopping to be both awesome and terrible at the same time

    • Thanks for stopping by Duncan’s Dividends!!! I definitely agree it’s incredibly exciting and scary all in the same moment. Definitely fun to have all these options available.

  18. I do not like moving. It is wasteful and inefficient. I have a VERY high threshold and need to be sold on the fact it would significantly improve my family’s life as a whole. That being said I’m an inveterate day-dreamer and regularly run scenarios in my mind to see if there are any matches. Not yet, but the most likely scenario is moving when my kids are grown to stay near them.
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    • Thanks for sharing Jack!!! We tend to think alike where I like to day dream about the various options down the road even though I tend to have a high bar to cross to actually do it 🙂

    • If I’m being honest Peachtree is where my sister and mom really want to live. I’m not exactly sure why. I on the other hand have found some really interesting places outside of Jacksonville but my family isn’t as keen on. Any recommendations?

    • Sissy here! Peachtree seems very idyllic, good schools, warm weather (DC is way too cold for me!), golf carts galore, cheap housing (comparatively), lakes, good job prospects for both mine and hubby’s occupations, and within driving distance to nice beaches. And when you’re from DC, you’ve already got a strong tolerance for traffic. I’ve traveled to Atlanta for work and traffic is rough but DC is on a regular basis pretty insane!

      • Thanks for stopping by Sissy!!! Seems like you have all the talking points well laid out. It’s like you’ve been building the argument for years. You forgot to mention being close to Chick-Fil-A HQs 🙂

  19. I’ve moved quite a bit over the years, and never enjoyed it. I also don’t like change, so I’m sure that’s contributed to the feeling of not wanting to move again once we find our Forever Home. It might not be turn out to be that, but I do like the idea of finding a place we can make our own with every intention of it being that home for us, without needing to upgrade. Taking the very long view, we want a home that will allow us to grow a little over the years, but not so spacious that we’re paying for unused space. When we’re old and gray, we can age in place rather than be forced to move. If that doesn’t happen, because we need to make other choices, that’s fine but I think it’s good for us to plan to plant some roots. If we didn’t, I think we’d just settle for “good enough” for a long time, rather than making any place our own.
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    • Thanks for sharing Revanche!!! Sounds like we have similar wants in a Forever Home. I’ve personally found that I stay in houses much longer than I ever anticipated 🙂

  20. We are moving next time to a newer, cheaper apartment outside of Austin, Texas. We are overlapping on rent between 2 complexes, but we’ll be saving around $200 a month at our new place. Moving is so stressful!

    • Thanks for sharing Alexis!!! Austin is amazing from what I hear. Definitely sounds like you are getting a great deal if you’re saving $200 in rent 🙂

  21. Your mom is spot on. “It has also forced us to constantly update our home, keeping it fresh.”

    The best part of moving is pairing down! We just moved into our home in 2015. It was a pain, but it was right around when my wife and I were both reading Marie Kondo’s book. (The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up ) It forced us to pair down a ton. Our new house is bigger with LESS stuff. Happier than we’ve ever been!
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    • Thanks for stopping by Oliver!!! I keep hearing about Marie Kondo’s book and I have to read it. Everybody that reads it says it is truly amazing. So I need to get on board with it 🙂

  22. Your mother is a smart woman. I think I may be in my forever home now (where I’ve lived for the past 10 years), as I don’t foresee moving again, but never say never. If all the different factors weren’t an issue, I’d move to Florida. I like the warm weather and would love to be near the beach. Georgia would also be nice, especially since I love Braves baseball. But my wife and her family are firmly ensconced in NJ, so that’s where I continue to live.
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    • Thanks for sharing Gary!!! I definitely would love to get to the warm weather and preferably near a beach 🙂 There’s something nice about walking on the beach at night and listen to the waves!!!

  23. 2 years ago I would have never dreamed of moving out of our first home. I couldn’t have imagined living anywhere else. But then we decided to move closer to our children’s schools and my wife’s job, and its turned out to be one of the best choices we’ve ever made. I’m with your Mom – moving isn’t as bad as you might think.
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    • Thanks for sharing DJ!!! Definitely sounds like I need to expand my horizons and look more towards the here and now and less on the future especially since people’s wants and needs change 🙂

  24. Nice article. I wouldn’t mind moving, but my husband wants to stay in our house for now. I agree with your reasons for moving though, while a bigger house is nice, having great schools for your kids should be the number one priority. So many people overlook the school district when they move. They figure they can get a huge house for cheap, but they overlook the fact that the school district that house is in is terrible. I would recommend that you look for good schools, with a short commute to work / airports (for travel) and then look for houses that fit your criteria that way you are only looking at houses that could be a possible fit for you and the family!
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    • Thanks for the great advice Courtney!!! If we stay in the area my wife and I have been looking for neighborhoods that fit that type of criteria. I definitely want my son to have a great education plus having a great commute would be a huge bonus. We’ll see what the future holds 🙂

  25. Intwresting about the us capital gains tax. Never knew that. Definally makes sense to keep moving up. Canada currently has no capital gains taxes on your primary residence. Interesting about the move. PRob ably cottage country as long as a hospital is somewhere close by. Would be great to live in nature and would be fantastic for our son. Plus fishing everyday would be a great life.
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    • Thanks for stopping by Passive Canadian Income!!! That’s awesome there is no capital gains tax on primary houses.

      That would be fantastic to be close to fishing and nature. That’s a good life right there 🙂

  26. I live in Atlanta and unless you’re going to re-join the cubicle warriors club, don’t worry about traffic. I work with several people who live in Peachtree City and really enjoy it. They must, they commute an hour one way. It has the trappings of a typical suburb, but as more people move there it’s gaining it’s own identity with non-chain restaurants and parks.
    When I hit FIRE, I would consider moving down there. But until then I’ll stay close to work. Don’t let traffic rankings scare you off.

    • Thanks for sharing Brad!!! I definitely am not interested in an hour commute at this point in my life. So hopefully I would have reached FIRE by the time I have to make a decision about Peachtree 🙂

  27. Best of luck finding your forever home. Honestly, I think the stress and potential extra costs that come with moving are worth it if you find a place that will make you truly happy for longer.

    Personally, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be ready for a proper home! Living in hotels and Air BnBs perhaps isn’t sustainable for the long term, but for now, moving so much is suiting me perfectly! 😉

    • Thanks for sharing Yaz!!! Sounds like you have the perfect situation for yourself. I wouldn’t mind traveling around and enjoying the world. Although I’m not sure how much my family would enjoy that 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!!

  28. I lived in Atlanta for four years and Peachtree City is certainly nice, but why south of Atlanta? Why not places like Decatur? Chamblee or Sandy Springs? All of are east and/or northeast of Atlanta. I would say NW as well, but I personally don’t like the politics of Cobb County and that area. Good luck on figuring things out. And I do miss Atlanta all the time. However, I HATE the humidity and don’t think I could live in a humid environment like the SE again….it would be nice to visit though.
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    • Thanks for sharing Jason!!! My sister and mom are gung ho on Peachtree. Why they picked it I have no idea but I’ll have to tell them to look at some of the cities that you mentioned.

      The humidity also scares me 🙂

  29. Thanks for sharing Mustard Seed. Its funny, this one really hits home and I appreciate reading your moms advice. My wife and I are convinced that we are going to find a forever home with our first purchase (and may have..hint hint). But who really knows what you will want or where life will take you down the road. Things we may value now (walk-ability, great schools) may not be nearly as important one day in the future. Man, I loved reading this. Thank your mom for me!

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    • Thanks for stopping by Bert!!! That’s awesome to hear that the post resonated with you and even better that you may have already found your forever home on your first purchase!!! That’s awesome news!!! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

      I’ll be sure to share with my Mom she loves hearing the feedback!!!

  30. What an interesting post! I think it’s wise not to get too “sot” in one place: flexibility is always good. Usually, anyway.

    As you get older, moving gets harder — partly because it’s physically more challenging and partly because as you age change becomes more stressful. However, I don’t think that should stop one: instead, downsize as you age, divest yourself of the junk, and enjoy moving into new places as the mood or the circumstances suggest.

    At one point I figured that my parents had moved on average once every 18 months during the 32 years of their marriage (my father was a merchant marine deck officer). That was despite the fact that they lived about 10 years in their last house and that we spend about five years in each of two company houses we occupied while he worked for Aramco. Needless to say, my mother was very, very good at packing up and moving house.

    • Thanks for sharing Funny About Money!!! Moving every 18 months is amazing. Your mom must have been a trooper. She should definitely be a logistics officer. She probably has a done of knowledge of what to do with moves 🙂

  31. I’ve read your blog on occasion and have never commented, but I actually live in Peachtree City and thought this might be a good time to comment. My family and I moved to Peachtree Cityabout 2 years ago and have absolutely loved it. Schools are great, and it has a nice, small town feel, but it is right down the road from Atlanta and all the convenience of a large city. (Hartsfield-Jackson airport is about 20-25 minutes away.) While Atlanta traffic can be rough, I doubt it is any worse than commuting around DC, which is pretty awful too from what I’ve heard; also, Peachtree City is on the south side of Atlanta, so the traffic is not as bad as the north side of the city. (I work in downtown Atlanta and my drive usually take around 40 minutes.) Peachtree City also has an extensive golf cart path that can take you anywhere in town. It’s a very unique set-up and is an additional perk in my opinion. I regularly use the paths when I want to go run, bike, walk, etc, and they run in largely wooded areas between neighborhoods or along the lakes, which gives a nice sense of escape. It’s also fun to take the golf cart out to go to parks around the area, etc

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing John!!! That is great insider information and I really appreciate it. I just sent your comments to my sister and mom. So I’m sure they’ll be super excited. It’s always hard to tell if you’ll like somewhere based on some pictures.

      • It is definitely difficult to know for sure from pictures. There are other nice areas around Atlanta; we checked out a number of them but just fell in love with Peachtree City. If/when you get serious about moving down, I would recommend coming to check out the area. The Fourth of July is always a fun time to come to town; people decorate their golf carts and there is a golf cart parade in the morning and then at night there’s a big city sponsored firework event by one of the lakes. (You could actually rent a golf-cart to get around town during that time frame if you wanted to.)

        • Thanks for sharing John!!! That definitely sounds like a fun community and one that I wouldn’t mind living in 🙂

          Now I am intrigued and will have to see if/when we can get down there for a 4th of july.

  32. Interesting read MSM and the article is perfectly timed. The reason I say that is we just bought a house in Senoia Ga, a town over from Peachtree City. This is the reason I haven’t been posting much the last few weeks. I am hoping to to post and write about the move for two reason. 1) to ask questions from others and 2) hope to help others that are in the same situation or looking at the same situation.
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  33. Thank very much for sharing important tips and the comment section is also good.
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