Moving house more stressful than divorce or having a baby

Researchers polled 2,000 homeowners and found, from a list of life stresses, respondents chose moving house (40 percent) as more stressful than most other life events, such as getting divorced (34 percent), having a baby (31 percent), starting a new job (27 percent) and organising a wedding (25 percent).

In fact, the only life event which came higher in the stress stakes, was a bereavement, according to the poll. Over a third (34 percent) of movers suffered severe anxiety during their last move, while a massive forty percent were left depressed and the same percentage said they became physically ill by the process. Nearly two-thirds of people (65 percent) said they had suffered from sleep deprivation over moving house.

In fact, 60 percent say they’ve been put off even looking for a new home because of the pressure of the process.When it came to the barriers on finding a new home, concerns over high crime rates put off 53 percent of potential movers, while noisy neighbours (46 percent), traffic (41 percent) and LITTER worried a surprisingly high 38 percent of people thinking of moving.

Other factors that put off purchasers included the area having a bad smell (40 percent), a lack of parking (38 percent) and high council tax (38 percent).

The study, by Yopa, discovered that when it comes to actually moving, the cost was the most stressful part of the operation, with over half (53 percent) of the homeowners saying it was the worst part of moving house.

And it’s no surprise when the survey discovered that the average cost of the move, not including the house, but including legal and estate agents’ fees, was in total a massive £6,600.

Ben Poynter, CEO of Yopa who commissioned the study said: “This is the first piece of in-depth research into the state of homeowner attitudes to moving in more than three years – especially timely, considering current political and financial uncertainties. Our survey proves that moving home can really take it out of you, with more than a third of people left feeling anxious by the whole process.

“Britons know that moving will make them happier in the end, but there are so many perceived barriers that put people off – from noisy neighbours to panic over paperwork and moving mishaps. We want to help home movers feel empowered rather than lose sleep over the thought of moving home.  At Yopa we’re committed to keeping Britain moving smoothly.”

The research found that the hassle of packing is hated by 50 percent of respondents, with 38 percent hating unpacking and 36 percent disliking the level of paperwork.

And a catalogue of moving mishaps was uncovered, with 29 percent of people having had furniture that won’t fit in the new home, 21 percent having lost items and one in five (20 percent) had been let down by estate agents.

In terms of what Brits think would make moving home easier, smaller estate agents fees came top (42 percent), followed by more transparency (37 percent) and a free utility switching service (34 percent).

Despite the stress, 62 percent of Brits believe moving house could ultimately make them happier and 82 percent admit they often spend time looking at estate agent windows dreaming of finding their ideal home.

Top Ten Potential Purchaser Put Offs:

High crime rates 53%
Noisy neighbours 47%
Too much traffic 41%
Bad smells 41%
Lots of litter 38%
High council tax 38%
Lack of good parking 38%
High pollution / Smog 37%
The homes are too small 35%
Being under a flight path 33%


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