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, not 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. �I guess there are coming-of-age elements in the story.�
Bella and the Wandering House is available from www.|fremantlepress.com.au.