Research has consistently shown that moving home is more stressful than getting divorced. This might be hard to believe if your relationship is currently imploding, but moving really is horrifically stressful for the majority of people. So why is this and what can you do to prevent your stress levels from rocketing?
On average, people move around five times in their lifetime, the stress of which can last for up to three months. This equates to a total of fifteen months of severe stress. Is it any wonder that people lose the plot when they move home?
Common Reasons for Stress
There are many stress points during a house move. Some will actually start before the move happens, like when you make costly home selling mistakes.
The first stressor is usually when you find your dream home, start making plans, and are then gazumped by a buyer with more money. This is never easy to cope with, but if you have paid out on legal fees and searches, it is particularly irksome.
It can also be stressful if you are moving not through choice, but because you have to downsize or split your assets after a relationship breakdown. There is nothing like a forced removal to suck the joy out of life.
More Stress Points
Other common stressors for UK home buyers include arriving at the new home and realising there is a big problem, or that none of your furniture fits into the rooms. Packing and unpacking is also pretty stressful. And if you have left your family behind in the process, the stress of the move will be compounded.
The good news is that moving home doesn’t have to be this stressful. There are lots of ways to reduce your stress levels before, during and after a home removal – and here’s how.
Stress Reduction Strategies
The key to reducing the stress of moving home is to be as organised as possible. Have all your ducks lined up in a row before you start.
- Hire a reputable solicitor and be clear about the fees.
- It is also sensible to have a budget in mind before you begin looking at homes for sale. Talk to your lender (if you are borrowing money to fund the purchase) and find out exactly how much you can borrow. And if you see your dream home, but it is well beyond your means, walk away and look for a cheaper property.
- Plan your move with precision. It will take you longer than you think to pack up the contents of your home.
- Create lists of everything you need to do before, during and after removal day. The list might include talking to utility suppliers, organising for the post to be redirected, and looking at schools if you have children.
- Always hire a professional removal company. This will ensure your belongings are well looked after en-route to your new home. It also saves the stress of having to move large, heavy items of furniture.
Plan a nice treat for after removal day. This can be your reward for weeks of stress. After all, you deserve it!