#TuesdayTips – staying sane when moving home
Posted 10 November 2015 by Keith Osborne
The process of relocating from one home to another is life changing and stressful.
Very stressful, in fact, for most people, according to a survey from E.ON earlier this year, which questioned 2,000 people who had moved home within the last three years and found that 61% of the respondents placed it top of their stress list, above divorce, the breakdown of a relationship and starting a new job.
While the idea of finding a perfect new home and quickly moving in is a dream for many, the reality is that the process can take months, and requires some very thorough planning. Maybe it’s the choice of property on the market, problems through the buying chain, delays and disputes with legal matters, financial issues– the potential for delays and disappointments is considerable.
Dan Plant, consumer expert at MoneySuperMarket, says: “There is so much to consider, both before, and after keys are handed over, and as it takes an average of six months just to find a property, it’s understandably stressful and has a knock on effect in all aspects of people’s lives. It should be a really exciting time, but unfortunately the most common words people associate with moving are ‘tiring’, ‘draining’ and ‘frustrating.’”
It doesn’t have to be this way, however, and you can reduce the chances of the big day turning into a disaster with good planning and forethought into where the priorities are and what might go wrong.
Here are MoneySuperMarket’s top tips for taking the stress out of moving home:
Sort out your costs early
Upcoming fees and costs are bound to be a concern, but rather than worrying about the unknown, speak to the conveyancers, solicitors, estate agents and other people involved early on. Most will have a list of figures that should prepare you for the majority of costs. Know what you have to pay and when it will be due – you can even set these payments up electronically in advance.
Make a contact list and keep it at hand
Once the moving date has been set, create a list of phone numbers that can be acted upon swiftly, such as the local authority (for council tax), utility companies, magazine subscriptions etc. Arrange to have postal mail forwarded on to your new address. Don’t panic about the change – most companies will understand if there’s the odd late payment when you move.
Book your removals people early
Some people advise the use of professional packers, who obviously cost more but will smooth out the actual physical process of lifting. They might also be the encouragement you need to de-clutter and minimise the amount of things you take with you – why pay someone to carry something you really won’t ever need again?
Keep essentials close at hand
It’s also a good idea to have one box marked ‘things we’ll need when we first arrive’, which you’ll fill with essentials such as tea and coffee, the kettle, extension leads for plug sockets, and other items that you’ll be looking for the moment you walk through the front door.
Don’t let the stasis ruin your life
Try to keep things in perspective and don’t let hindrances bring you down. Maintain your social life, even if the boxes that are cluttering the place probably preclude any parties – save that for the housewarming!
Look out for our tips for buying a home with Help to Buy next Tuesday on Whathouse.com