Making a "Small" Move: Is It Worth It?

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There's no question that moving is a pain, but generally we can all agree that there are times when it's a necessary evil. But would you be willing to make a move down the block or even within the same building? How do you evaluate whether it's worth it?

I know there's no such thing as a "small" move. Moving one floor up involves just as much, sorting, packing, and carrying as moving across town. But at least mentally, the issue gets complicated when the potential new space is just a block or several floors away. 

Here's a hypothetical: you live in a nice unit in a nice building, but the only downside is that there's little insulation between floors, and no matter whether it's that nice family with the two children living above you, or a quiet grandmother, you can hear every move the upstairs neighbors make. It's not unlivable noise, but it can be very distracting, particularly at certain points in the day. If the top-floor unit opened up, with the same floor plan and amenities, would you be willing to make the move? 

Obviously, that's a scenario based on noise, but what if you wanted more light, or what if the specs were slightly different, meaning that you'd get a slightly better kitchen or more outdoor space? How drastically different does a space need to be in order to convince you to move? 

(Image: Revisiting Beth's Teeny Tiny Peek-a-Boo View)


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Carolyn is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a lover of all things colorful and quirky. She grew up in Texas and settled in Chicago by way of L.A., England and Paris. Currently, she is a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.

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