How to avoid stress when moving house

Almost two in three adults placed moving house as more stressful than getting divorced! However, there is much that owners can do to mitigate the stress.

Avril Large, Director at Peter Large, explains:

“We help clients sell and rent their homes every day, so helping clients move house is part of our day to day life.  We’ve seen what works and what doesn’t – and are happy to share that experience with our clients.”

Avril’s top tips are:

Want to sell your house fast? Prepare it for sale

It sounds obvious, but you would be amazed at how many homes we visit with our photographer to find a house totally unprepared for sale.  If your home is well presented, the photographer can highlight it’s best features which will help attract more interest in a viewing.

Estate agent body Propertymark has prepared the following tips which will help you prepare your home for a fast sale: http://www.propertymark.co.uk/advice-and-guides/selling-your-home/10-tips-for-selling-your-home.aspx

Preparing your home for sale should also involve clearing clutter.  Clutter will not only reduce your chances of selling, but also make moving harder work and more stressful than it needs to be. 

In short, a little preparation will reduce your stress, help sell your home faster and make the move flow more easily.

Use a High Street Estate agent to sell your home

Those reading are probably thinking ‘well, they would say that, wouldn’t they’.  We would, of course, but the reason why may surprise you.

High Street estate agents understand that an offer for your property is NOT a sale – and it is from this point onwards that experienced estate agents earn their fee – chasing the solicitors, liaising between all parties and generally progressing the sale or let.

Why an online estate agent may not be the best choice for you

Jefferies’ leading residential sector analyst, Anthony Codling, explains:

“Any experienced estate agent will tell you, an offer subject to contract is not a sale.”

Codling’s analysis found that a substantial number of vendors had paid a fee, and received an offer, but failed to complete the sale of their property through a popular online agency. 

Codling’s analysis found that of those who supposedly ‘sold’ their homes through Purple Bricks, only 14% progressed to completion.  In a 2017 note to market investors Codling warned:

“We hope that for their customers the saying ‘all comes to they who wait’ is true. The lucky 14 per cent who have sold their homes waited on average around 4.5 months between selling subject to contract and actually selling. For the rest, the wait has been around 6.5 months so far and the clock is still ticking.”

There is nothing more stressful than waiting for something to happen.  Choosing a high street estate agent means you have someone on your side, speeding up the process.

Use a professional moving company when moving house

Self-moving is often a false economy – and as for relying on a pal or family member, we’ve seen countless promises of help fall at the wayside on the day, leading to stress and panic at an already stressful time.

A professional mover may sound expensive but that’s because self-moves don’t factor in many of the costs.

Once the costs of fuel for multiple trips, hiring a van and time are factored in, the cost difference for hiring a professional may still be more but the difference is actually far less than you’d expect.  Self-moves also risk a human cost, with common injuries from moving including broken fingers/toes, back injuries, shoulder injuries and damage to your property and furniture too. 

A professional moving company is worth the cost.  They will help you pack, do all the heavy lifting and help you get started on unpacking at the other end.  You don’t have the stress of racing to get a van back on time, either.

However, if you have no option but to self-move, a little preparation can go a long way.  This helpful video has lots of hacks to make the move less stressful:

We hope our clients find these tips helpful and get you on the right track to moving home.

Life is stressful enough – we’d rather you were able to simply enjoy your new home.