How to beat the stress of moving home

If you’re looking to buy your first home, or move further up the property ladder, our tips should help keep stress levels down.


Moving home can be a stressful experience. After all, there’s so much to organise and plan for.

Many home movers find they are faced with unexpected financial costs as fees for mortgages, surveys, stamp duty and removals quickly add up.

And moving home can put a strain on relationships as well as make it hard to concentrate at work.  

Reduce moving stress

But while there’s no escaping the fact that moving home is stressful, there are things you can do to make the process a bit easier.

Make a checklist: write a moving home checklist of all the things you need to do prior to, during and after the move. Include things such as notifying utility suppliers.

Work out your costs: don’t get caught out by unexpected expenses during the moving process. Use MoneySuperMarket’s Cost of Moving Calculator to help you stay in control.

Write a timeline: jot down all the dates and times when things need to happen, including when you need to exchange by and how soon afterwards you can complete and move.

Sort removals early: as soon as you know your removal date, book your removal van if you’re doing it yourself, or a removal company if you need help from the professionals. Always get several different quotes before committing to one particular company and make sure your possessions are insured while in transit.

Have a clear out: moving home is a great opportunity to get rid of any unwanted clutter. Throw away, sell or recycle any unwanted items and you’ll have less to pack and unpack during the move.

Get help and advice: take a look at MoneySuperMarket’s Home Mover Hub for loads of useful information on making the moving process easier, from how to go about finding your new home, things to arrange on your moving day, and settling into your new home.

If you’re moving to a different city with a family, you may want to see our best family cities interactive tool revealing key stats by city such as job opportunities and outstanding Ofsted schools in the area

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