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How to minimise the stress of moving house

Moving home is one of the most stressful experiences a person will go through during their life. According to recent statistics, two thirds of respondents found moving home more stressful than starting a new job, a relationship breakdown, and even divorce.

The process of moving into a new home can trigger feelings of anxiety, as you leave your familiar surroundings behind and move to a new territory. You may have to locate new schools and plan a new route to work, in addition to locating a GP and other services you may require.

According to the chief executive of Anxiety UK, Nicky Lidbetter, feeling anxious is completely normal but states that the upheaval and uncertainty can trigger depression, severe anxiety and other mental health conditions. Take action before you move home to minimise the stress that you experience. Take some time off work around the time of the move so that you can concentrate on the organisation of the move rather than your workload. If you have children and pets, ask someone to look after them for you so that you don’t have to worry about caring for them during the move.

Try to take care of some tasks in advance so that you can move into your new home without juggling duties. As an example, you may be able to register with your new GP before the move, swap utility providers and set up your new broadband service, ready for the move.

Reduce longer term stress levels by seeking help from a mortgage adviser who can help find a mortgage which is affordable and suitable for your circumstances. Advisers undertake CeMAP training so they can help you find the most affordable product for you.

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