Moving house for more options(8 Posts)
Second post of the day and wasn’t sure where to put this.
So after being told yesterday a month before mat leave my job will change when I go back, including less WFH & possibly more travel which means our nursery choice isn’t practical.
We live semi rurally, about 25 min on a clear run from family with limited childcare options nearby.
We only bought our house 3.5 years ago, we do love it but it’s old and takes a lot of upkeep. We also go away most weekends in summer to our caravan.
Have a good amount of equity in the house & could move closer to family and town with more childcare options and have half the mortgage. Currently in a lovely detached with big garden and nice walks for dogs but would mean downsizing to semi detached closer to town in a busier street.
Sis could help with drop offs and pick ups if we moved and long term school runs. We would struggle to get much help where we are now.
I wouldn't move with a vague plan of "getting much more help family". I think any plan to do something so drastic as selling up and moving areas would have to be based on much more solid reasons.
I wouldn't want to go back to a semi after living in a detatched, but I would like the idea of a smaller mortgage and more child care options.
What you've put in your OP seems a bit like 2 extremes.
Do you need to halve your mortgage? Does moving into the town have to mean such a smaller house ? I like the convenience of a town myself, and like the idea of having family back up closeby for those days when standard childcare doesn't work out for some reason, but is there not a compromise?
@BackforGood sorry missed your reply yesterday. There is somewhere in the middle but price wise but you don’t get any more space unless we increased our mortgage which I won’t do. The price is generally determined by the street and any of the bigger & nicer houses don’t have parking & seem to all be terraced.
Think I was having a very stressful day hence the extremes.
I just love living where we do and don’t want to move but equally don’t want to ruin my career for limited childcare options x
Smaller mortgage would win for me every time. With nothing else in the mix I'd pick that in a heartbeat.
You might want to consult someone of legality/options with the employer making your life more difficult after maternity leave. It seems a bit unreasonable of them. Generally, employers often try to make life a little easier rather than difficult for new mums if possible.
@JoJoSM2 it’s due to structural changes in a large financial organisation rather than on an individual basis unfortunately. As things will be changing when I am on mat leave no one knows what it’ll look like in 12 months time or what my role will look like at the moment.
Would a nanny work out better ?
What area do you live in
Many Nannies usually happy/will drive 30mins for a job
Moving to a smaller house might not be the best idea
If both of you plan on having a proper career, then you might need a nanny as babies/toddlers can get ill quite often and you'll need reliable childcare and long hours. Things like school runs won't come into it for a few years so I'd just stay put for now.
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