Both urban centers and suburbs have their pros and cons when it comes to raising families; the two are markedly different. Therefore, if you have been living in the suburbs all your life, and you plan to move to the city, you should be prepared for what awaits you there. Apart from the convenience of city life, such as short commute and vibrant entertainment opportunities, you should be prepared for some downsides. Here are some of the complications you may experience when you move:

Reduced Storage Space

Urban houses are (on average) 300 square feet smaller than houses in the suburbs. This means you will have to reduce the amount and number of your belongings so the rest can fit in your new home. You may have to sell or donate some of your stuff or take them to a self-storage facility. This is even more likely if your current suburban house is well furnished and stocked. Even if the rooms in your new house aren't exactly cramped, don't be surprised if some of your family members feel that way.

Difficulties with Pets

Most homes in the suburbs have pets; some families even have more than one pet. If that is your life, then expect it to change when you move to the urban center. This is because the compound is likely to be smaller than what you are used to, and you may also be hard pressed to find a suitable area to let your dog play. You may be forced to spend more money on pet upkeep than what you are used to. You may not even have a backyard in the city.

Constant Noise

A typical urban center is busier and noisier than a typical suburban neighborhood. This is because there are way more people, factories, businesses and traffic in an urban center. This may not bother some people, but others may even find it difficult to take a nap in a noisy place.

High Cost Of Living

Lastly, you should also expect your cost of living to go up. A typical urban center has a high cost of living due to better amenities, better infrastructure, higher rent, and higher property taxes. Expect this fact to change your lifestyle, especially if you are not expecting an increase in your earnings.

Hopefully, the above will help you to understand the hidden costs of moving from the suburbs to the urban center so that you can make an informed decision. However, don't forget that the above analysis only applies to the average city dwelling. There are always exceptions depending on the city, a neighborhood, and even an estate one may choose. Contact a real estate agency, like Coldwell Banker, for more help.