How to Handle the Stress of Moving Home

Sean Jones
Sean Jones
Senior Associate Operations Manager - Private Client

April is Stress Awareness Month and our Conveyancers know all too well how stressful moving homes can be.

In fact, moving home might be one of the most stressful life events you’ll ever have to go through. So if you’re thinking about moving to somewhere new, it’s understandable if you’re already feeling overwhelmed.

Most articles on reducing stress will include simple tips such as keeping lists and packing early. These may help you, but our Conveyancing Solicitors have listed some advice that we’ve picked up from years of experience in working in the property market.

Here’s what our property experts advise to keep your move as straightforward and easy as it needs to be:

  1. Pay for Property Searches Right Away

Paying for property searches as soon as they come up means you can find out important information about the property before you invest more time and money into it.

Property searches are a disbursement, which means the money you pay will have to be passed onto a third party, in this case your Local Authority, Water Authority, Environmental Search Company and, depending on the area,  other third parties such as the Coal Authority.  Most Local Authorities are experiencing delays at the moment due to the impact on staffing levels as a result of Covid 19 and because of the rush to move before the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday ends. By ordering the searches early, you will give yourself a better chance that any local authority delays will not have a major impact on the progress of your purchase.

It’s important to remember that stressing over things that are out of your control won’t ease your situation. So as long as you stay on top of everything within your means, you can be certain you’re doing everything you can to make your move as easy as possible.

  1. Get Your Paperwork Done Early

When you’re selling a property, your Conveyancer will ask you to fill out a Property Information Form and Fittings and Content Form. And if you’re buying a property, we’ll send you the same forms filled out by the seller of your new home so that you can review them and respond with any queries you may have. You may also hold other documents that would speed up the process the earlier you send these to us, such as planning documents, building regulation documents, guarantees, gas safety certificates and electrical certificates.

You should complete any paperwork you’re sent and send it back to your Conveyancer as soon as possible.

We often see that one of the biggest causes of stress is being left in the dark about a property, which is completely understandable when you’re investing so much into your new home.

The sooner you fill out and review outstanding documents, the quicker we can answer any queries you or your buyer has. This lets us keep everyone informed through each stage of the conveyancing process and reduces the stress of not knowing what’s happening with your property.

  1. Don’t Get Stuck on a Move-In Date

If you’ve found a home to buy, you probably can’t wait to move in and your estate agent might have even suggested a date for completion when you were viewing the property.

But sadly, having a strict deadline when moving homes can often leave you disappointed. If you’re not close to moving in by the date you had in your head, it can make you feel even more stressed and anxious.

When buying and selling houses, there are third parties involved and a lot of information that has to be passed back and forth. If you’re in a chain there will be many queries to answer and searches to instruct throughout that chain. For example, your seller may be waiting on their seller to answer their queries, who may be waiting on their mortgage lender to get back to them, and their lender may be experiencing delays because of the mini boom in the housing market right now.

Even if your Conveyancing Solicitor is ready on your sale and/or purchase, many factors throughout a chain will have an effect on your move in date that are beyond yours and our control.

It’s good to have a goal, but don’t get too stuck on one day to move homes because when things are delayed due to no fault of your own, you’ll be left feeling upset. Being flexible and realistic from the beginning will save you stress in the long-run.

  1. Keep in Touch with Your Conveyancing Solicitor

Our Conveyancers know how important it is for you to stay involved in the moving process.

When deciding which conveyancers you should use, do your research and look at reviews as well as prices, and only compare like-for-like Conveyancing Quotes. Having someone who is always there to answer your questions will make you feel a lot a lot less stressed than having a cheap conveyancer who ignores you.

When you instruct Simpson Millar, you’ll be assigned one Conveyancer who will have a small team of dedicated support staff to keep you updated every step of the way.

Your Conveyancing Solicitor is there to help you throughout your property transaction. This is why we aim to take on as much of the stress of moving home as we can, so you can look forward to settling into your new home rather than worrying about the little things.

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