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Eight ways to beat home moving stress

If you’ve ever felt stressed by a big life change, you’re not alone. According to our survey of 2,000 people, 60% have put off moving home because it’s so stressful, and a huge 31% say it’s more stressful than having a baby.

Moving home is rarely stress-free, but luckily there are ways to stay on top of things. So how can you turn the dial down on home moving stress?


1. Create a week-by-week schedule

If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of moving, create a task list that spans several weeks and give yourself over-generous deadlines for everything on it. It means you can do everything at a measured pace, without the need for a last-minute rush, and you know you won’t forget anything important (and there’s plenty of spare time if you do).

If you’ve never moved before, ask a friend or family member who’s already been on the journey to help with your list. They’ll probably be able to add lots of things you haven’t thought of.


2. Book everything in advance

Beat the stress of last-minute booking by doing everything well in advance, even if you think you won’t need to. Sort out your pet sitters, hotel bookings and removal services at least a couple of months before the big day so you can get the ones you want, when you want them. It’s another thing you can feel good about ticking off your list.

It doesn’t hurt to check out a few reviews, too. You’ll feel a lot better on moving day knowing that people rave about your removals company, even if they do cost a little more.


3. Ask friends and family to help you

It sounds obvious, but sometimes we forget to ask the people closest to us for their help. Whether you need a hand packing boxes or you just need a cup of tea and a chat, remember to reach out to friends and family for their support. Sharing the burden of the move can make things feel a lot easier, and if nothing else, it’s a chance to spend some quality time together.


4. Clear up early

Instead of waiting until you pack up, start organising your home weeks before the move. This means you can do it in as many stages as you want, and you won’t be looking for things at the last minute. Many people find tidying alleviates stress in itself – it’s a great way to keep your hands and your mind busy.

Don’t be afraid to get rid of things either. Donate or recycle them, or offer them to family and friends. You’ll feel good, and it means you’ll have less to deal with when you get to your new home.


5. Pack a moving box

Put everything you need for two or three nights in a separate box (or bag) and set it aside. When you’re ready to go, having all your important documents, keys, and everyday essentials in one place will really help – and it means you don’t have to grab anything before you head out the door.

To help you pack your box or bag, spend a couple of morning and evenings making a note of everything you’ve used in your daily routine just to make sure you haven’t missed anything.


6. Take time out for yourself

When stress starts to build up, don’t forget to take a step back and disengage. Go out, see friends, or do something you love, even if it’s just watching TV. When you return to your tasks, you’ll feel fresher and more able to tackle them.


7. Realise you can’t control everything

No matter how organised you are, it’s important to remember that some things are just outside your control. From delays further along the chain to traffic holding up the removal van, any number of things can happen that just aren’t your fault. Remind yourself of all the hard work you’ve done, and remember that the process won’t last forever.


8. Engage an expert

Conveyancers, solicitors and mortgage brokers may cost a little, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind. Unless you’re trained in conveyancing, dealing with the legal paperwork for your move can be a nightmare (even if the transaction is simple). Similarly, mortgage brokers can cut a lot of the hassle out of your mortgage search, explain anything you’re not sure about, and save you a lot of money. Take some stress off your plate by adding it to someone else’s – that’s what they’re there for.


Thinking of putting your home on the market? We will help you have a smooth move by supporting you every step of the way.

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