< Go Back Take The Stress Out Of Moving
A new study by EstatesDirect.com has confirmed that moving house is one of the most stressful events in life – more traumatic than even divorce, bankruptcy or having children, according to 2,000 people who took part in the survey. The good news is, however, that there are things you can do to minimise your anxiety and help your move go as smoothly as it possibly can.
Buy chain-free or new
One of the major stress-boosters can be the uncertainty of having to deal with a chain which could fall apart and throw your plans into disarray. To avoid this, opt for properties that are chain-free or new builds, which will also reduce the risks of costly maintenance issues arising once you move in.
If you do not want to be restricted by only buying a new or chain-free property, you can minimise the stress of the chain by selling up and taking up a temporary tenancy. This will only work in the right market, however, as this strategy can be a costly mistake if prices are rising fast.
Gone are the days when you have to spend hours traipsing around seemingly endless numbers of properties, many of which you will write off as soon as you get through the front door. Use the internet to do your research and make the most of virtual tours, which will enable you to look around someone else?s living room whilst sitting in your own. Choosing an estate agent with this sort of website facility to sell your home will also mean that you will have less timewasters wanting to arrange viewings at your own property.
Of course, these virtual visits are no substitute for the real thing but they will allow you to only spend time viewing the properties you are really interested in. They will also give you a good idea about the property’s details, meaning that you can have any questions ready for when you view.
Cut the clutter
Start getting rid of your unwanted goods almost as soon as you decide to move. This will not only make your property more appealing to viewers, who want to be able to see how they can make their own mark on a home, but it will make future packing easier and less stressful.
It may be tempting to think about moving your belongings yourself but this is a strategy full of potential pitfalls. Vans that are too small or barely roadworthy or broken items when you arrive will only add to your stress. Instead, opt for a professional company which will have experienced and trained staff able to keep your goods and your sanity intact.
Look after yourself
Moving time is always a busy period but too many late nights and takeaways are likely to leave you feeling lethargic and grumpy. Make sure you plan each stage of your move well in advance so that you have time to look after yourself as well as take care of the move itself.