Dealing With Moving House Stress

Martha Lott
Written by Martha Lott
6th June 2018 (Last updated on Monday 14th October 2019)

Moving to a new house, for most people, is an exciting life event. Whatever your circumstances are, moving house is an opportunity to start fresh, meet new people and try new things. 

If you’re moving from a 1-bedroom flat to your dream house or you’ve had a work promotion and upgrading your home, it's going to be an extremely exciting move. If on the other hand, you are moving because of an unfortunate circumstance such as a relationship break-up or financial strain then it's understandable if you do experience some moving stress. 

Compare My Move have compiled the 8 best tips to eliminate any moving stress you may face, including why it's important to use a house removal company. We're asking, is moving house actually as stressful as people make out? Read on to see what we discovered.

This article will cover the following points

Why is Moving House So Stressful? The Main Causes of Stress 8 Tips to Reduce Moving Stress Enjoy Your Stress Free Move

Why is Moving House So Stressful?

If you have a pre-conceived idea from the majority of negative articles that moving house is going to be stressful, then it will. If you are worried, then identify the areas of moving house that have the potential to bring on stress.

Reasons you might feel stressed:

  • Change of routine
  • Thought of packing
  • Fear of unknown
  • Leaving friends and family
  • Feeling unprepared

What can we do to prevent any moving house stress? With planning, sensible choices and our 8 top tips then you should be able to stay on top of the moving stress. 

Is Moving House That Stressful?

In January 2018, Forth undertook a survey to find the top 5 causes of stress amongst British people. They found money, work, health concerns, failure to get enough sleep and household chores were the main culprits. With a common task such as household chores considered more stressful than moving to a new house, then there's no reason to worry. Use our checklist for moving house to help tackle the stress.

Top 5 causes of Stress

The Main Causes of Stress

The table below shows the main cause of stress in each area.

AreaMain Cause of Stress
Wales, Scotland, North East, North West, South East & South WestMoney
Northern IrelandWork & Money
London, West Midlands & Yorkshire                             Work
East MidlandsHealth Problems

Data from

Similarly, the official Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale ranked 'major change in living conditions' as only 28th on the list of most stressful life events. To compare, moving house is less stressful than marriage, retirement and outstanding personal achievements, which usually are all considered to be positive events. 

The Holmes and Rahe Stress Points

8 Tips to Reduce Moving Stress

Here’s some of Compare My Move’s best tips to reduce moving stress by helping make sure you’re fully prepared for moving day.

1. Start Packing Early

Start early with your packing by planning what you’re going to take with you to your new house, what’s staying behind/going to charity or a tip and what can go in to storage.

Make a start on packing:

  • Start from the top of your house and work your way down
  • Pack up room by room
  • Clothes you wear the least – if it’s Winter, pack all your Summer clothes away first
  • Pack the books you won’t be reading in a hurry into a suitcase
  • Kitchen utensils that aren’t essential for every day
  • Pack important documents such as birth/marriage certificate together and label the box clearly
  • Pack photographs/photo albums/photo frames first as these aren’t essential
  • Label boxes clearly so you can find everything quickly when you arrive

This will really help to take off some stress as you’ll have done most of the hard work.

2. Plan Ahead

Many people fall victim to moving stress if they haven’t planned properly. You will need to think well in advance about all eventualities and make a list of everything that needs doing so that you can plan accordingly. If you compare conveyancing solicitors before hand, you will save a lot of time, stress and money.

You will need to:

  • Book time off work
  • Book your removal company early
  • Think about moving with pets
  • Have a deep clean
  • Sort out a new school if you’re moving with children
  • Stop buying a food shop a week before and don’t forget to use up everything you have
  • Cancel bills in your current house
  • Change your address for important documents/deliveries
  • Set up essentials like gas/electric/water/WIFI in your new house so it’s all ready for when you move in

You can check out our full list of moving house tips where you will find a wealth of handy tips to prevent moving house stress.  

3. Use a Removal Company

Using a removal company for your move is going to help reduce your moving stress and anxiety the most. It’s not advisable to try and do everything yourself, that’s why removal companies are designed to take the pressure off by doing all the hard work. Most home removals offer a full packing service and offer storage facilities which further helps to reduce the moving stress. Why not get a house removal quote and start planning your move? 

A removal company will:

  • Be fully experienced in moving heavy items to avoid damages to walls and floors etc
  • Lift, load and unload the boxes
  • Offer a full packing service to avoid moving stress
  • Offer disassembling/reassembling of your furniture
  • Offer storage services

If you’re worried about the costs, then put aside some money a few months in advance so this isn’t another concern to think about during the move. Even better, you could save up to 70% off your move with Compare My Move.

4. Focus on Positives

A simple way to deal with your anxious feelings are to fight the negativity and concentrate on the positive aspects of your move.

Positive aspects may be:

  • You’ll get a chance to start fresh on decorating your living room/bedroom/kitchen
  • You could have more sunlight in your new garden
  • Moving near friends or family
  • Opportunity to make new friends
  • The commute to work might be shorter
  • A chance to start over

5. Get Help

Whether it be from a friendly removal company, or your friends and family, getting help is essential in tackling the moving stress.

Some ways to get help:

  • Get your friends/family over to help pack – making it fun will be easier for you
  • Let your family help to clean your house with you in return for some pizza and beers
  • Let a removal company do all the packing, lifting and loading for you
  • Accept help from your neighbours if they offer 
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help 

6. Pack a Bag of Essentials

With everything else you need to think of, it’s highly likely you’ll misplace important tablets and essentials like toiletries in the first few days of arriving. Packing a clearly labelled bag of essentials and setting it aside will help to tackle moving stress.

Things to keep handy for the first few days:

  • Medication
  • Tablets such as painkillers
  • Toiletries such as toothpaste, shower gel, soap, face wash
  • Toilet roll
  • Underwear and a change of clothes
  • Phone charger/laptop charger
  • Anything that you use daily

7. Get Rest

A major factor of stress is fatigue. It will be an extremely busy and tiring time so it’s important you don’t push yourself too hard throughout the moving process.

Look after yourself: 

  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep – without sleep you won’t have enough energy to move house
  • Take regular breaks from packing
  • Take your time – if you start early you won't have to rush 
  • Eat well to minimise moving house stress

8. Move on a Friday 

Compare My Move's research has shown that our most popular day for moving is a Friday. 

  • Monday is the most popular day to plan your move with us
  • Moving on a Friday will give you the whole weekend to get settled in
  • If you're lucky to move on the Friday before a bank holiday you'll have an extra day

Enjoy Your Stress Free Move

Whatever your circumstances are, moving to a new house can be stressful if you don't prepare well enough. Use our tips as a checklist to make sure you have everything planned for your move - more importantly, use this to help reduce moving house stress. 

When you're ready to move, make sure you fill out our quick and simple form to connect you with up to 6 house removal partners to choose from.