But what if your house picked itself up and started moving all by itself?
This is the conundrum facing young Bella, the main character of local author Meg McKinlay�s new book, Bella and the Wandering House.
Bella is surprised to discover the little movements her wandering house is making, but her parents don�t notice, that is, until the house ends up on the banks of a lake.
McKinlay said the book took her young readers on an adventure alongside Bella as she tried to solve the mystery of her moving house.
�The inspiration from this book came from a silly story I spun to a four-year-old boy and with that, the story of a house that had legs and liked to wander around at night started taking shape in my mind,� she said.
�For the house�s pit-stops, I�ve drawn loosely on locations in the Perth area like Manning Lake in Hamilton Hill, Mundaring Weir and the Swan.�
She said it was a story she hoped all young readers would love and take something away from.
�I guess there are coming-of-age elements in the story, although I see Bella as a fairly self-possessed girl to begin with,� she said.
�I do think it�s important that she learns to trust her own instincts, which are quite different to those of her parents.�
Bella and the Wandering House is available from www.fremantlepress.com.au.