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Your Guide to a Stress Free House Move

Moving House
The average person will move house a total of eight times during their lifetime, but it is regularly listed as one of life's most stressful events.

In fact, a new poll has shown that people think it is more stressful than a relationship breakdown, divorce or even a new job.

According to a report by Money Supermarket, 86% of recent movers found the process stressful and almost half felt they weren't in control.

The comparison website shows that people felt it impacted on their health, wealth, relationships and careers.

With stressful experiences being due to packing up belongings, finding a property in their price range, finding the right location, dealing with agents, setting up new utilities contracts and unpacking their new home.

As prepared as you think you are, some things are out of your control.

For John Baker, moving was not only stressful but it actually left him homeless.

John said: “In 2011 we wanted to move to Peterborough from Spalding. We were renting, and the lady moving out of her home (that we wanted) was moving into rental property as well, so there was no chain.”

The perfect moving situation - what could go wrong? 

However, after telling their landlord they were moving out, he explains: “We'd got our wires crossed and timed it wrongly. We ended up homeless for a month, with no definitive date on when we could move in, or even whether it would actually go through.”

So, far from enjoying a night in their first home, John and his wife had to find somewhere to stay. “We stayed with friends, parents, our stuff was in four different locations including storage. We just felt really dreadful.”

Luckily for John, the call finally came that it had gone through, they were able to move in and despite his move resulting in a month of stress rather than a day, he is able to look on the bright side. “We got our rental deposit back but also got a month off paying mortgage/rent, so we did well financially!” He added.

But, don't let the fear of stress (or John's story) put you off making your next move, because it is also a very exciting time and there are ways to ensure it is stress-free.

One reason moving house can be so stressful is because there is so much to think about, plan and organise, that even the most important details can get overlooked.

Tip 1:

Give yourself plenty of time to find the right place.

As with the whole process, you need to take your time and pace yourself, not leave it to the last minute.

Your move may have time constraints for various reasons, but by giving yourself as much time as you can, means you can make sure the house and the location is right for you.

As well as doing your research, make sure you pay a few visits to the area and the house so it feels familiar on moving day.

Tip 2:

Hire reputable conveyancing solicitors, as they will be handling all the legal aspects of your property transaction.

This will help ensure your move goes to plan and runs to schedule.

Compare companies that are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Council of Licensed Conveyancers, so you know they have the knowledge and experience to help you have a stress free move.

Tip 3:

Organise the transportation of your belongings well in advance and hire a professional, experienced and reputable removal company.

If you are comfortable with the firm you hire, you will be able to relax and let them do their job.

It is also important to make sure there is somewhere for the removals van to pull up outside the new house, because you want your belongings carried straight inside, not halfway down the street!

If you've chosen correctly you should just be able to give them the 'You Move Me' instruction and the job should be done without a concern.

Tip 4:

Label each box with its contents and the room it is for.

This may seem to make the packing process slightly longer, but will save time in the long run, when you get to the other end and just want to be unpacked.

Likewise, plan where your furniture is going beforehand, so it is put into the right place.

Then pack a separate box with a moving day survival kit; nothing will make you more stressed than trying to find the kettle amongst the contents of your house when you are gasping for a cup of tea!

Tip 5:

Start packing as soon as you can, starting with items that you don't need, and leave the essentials until last.

See this as an opportunity to get rid of the clutter, so you have less to move and you aren't moving in anything you don't need anymore.

This can then be sold (making extra pennies to put towards your new home!) or put into storage if you think you might need it at a later date.

Tip 6:


Moving house can be an extremely expensive time, so it is important to make sure you can cover all your important costs.

You don't want to be worrying about money, when you have so much more to be thinking about.

Tip 7:

You need to let more than just your friends and family know you are moving, make a list such as the DVLA, Electoral Roll, Bank, because it will be easy to forget a few.

If you don't tell your financial providers you are putting yourself at risk of identity fraud.

Using Royal Mail re-direct, will give you peace of mind that you won't miss out on any letters and more importantly will ensure that your new bank card (or Graze Box!) doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Tip 8:

Be flexible and have a back-up plan.

You may have planned Moving Day down to the smallest detail, with all the necessary moving services but things will never run completely smoothly.

Be prepared to deal with problems as they arise and change plans if you need to.

Just in case you find yourself in a situation outside of your control (like John) organise storage, so you will have somewhere for your belongings and call in a favour from a friend or family member, so you know you have a bed to sleep in, if for any reason you can't get into your new home.

Before you do anything else, ensure that your move goes as smoothly and is as stress free as possible by making a checklist of everything that you need to do, in the order that they need doing.

Then you can tick them off as you go and guarantee that nothing gets missed off or is done too late!

Right up to the moment that you sit back with a takeaway (and a large glass of wine!), to treat yourself for all the hard work, as you enjoy the first night in your new home!



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