Changing where you live is a big deal no matter how big or small the move. When Greg and I first got engaged, we moved around quite a bit all over the city. We figured since we were renting, that was our chance to explore different regions of Toronto. With so many diverse cultures and areas, we got a great feel for so many pockets of the city. But now with baby #2 on the way, settling down in one spot is top priority for us. Gaining a larger home (without a huge mortgage) and being close to family in an up and coming neighborhood poised for more development is why we feel that moving to Sharon Village would be an ideal spot for Greg and I to raise our family.
Moving north means finding ways to make our commute as easy as possible. With the highway expansion continuing to take the 404 north, having easy access from Sharon to Toronto is a big bonus. Furthermore, the Go Station with stops all along East Gwillimbury can help ensure Greg’s commute is productive since staying connected is no longer limited to being at the office. As for me, with my hours being relatively flexible, I can also schedule client visits during non-peak travel times allowing me to jump on the 404 and move freely without being held back by volume delays.
Another major consideration is how to plan the move so that we’re not stuck trying to do everything on one single day. After speaking with our real estate agent, I was informed that the banks offer bridging mortgages which allow homeowners to spread their move out in the event that the closing dates of their purchase and sale don’t line up. The cost however is pretty steep, even if we’re only talking about one or two weeks. What Greg and I have decided is to move into his parents place until our house is ready. This will allow us plenty of time transition and give us flexibility in case our new house isn’t ready in time. It will also give me a chance to sell off some of the furniture we have in the condo that won’t work in the new house. Can’t wait for a new dinning set!