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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.
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:
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.
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.
The table below shows the main cause of stress in each area.
|Area||Main Cause of Stress|
|Wales, Scotland, North East, North West, South East & South West||Money|
|Northern Ireland||Work & Money|
|London, West Midlands & Yorkshire||Work|
|East Midlands||Health Problems|
Data from Forthwithlife.co.uk
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.
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.
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:
This will really help to take off some stress as you’ll have done most of the hard work.
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:
You can check out our full list ofwhere you will find a wealth of handy tips to prevent moving house stress.
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.
A removal company will:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
Compare My Move's research has shown that our most popular day for moving is a Friday.
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.
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