Fifth of home buyers have considered pulling out of sale due to stress
The most challenging stages of moving house have been revealed as finalising the sale of your current property, waiting on a completion date – and packing.
A study of 2,000 adults also found searching for a new house, getting a mortgage application approved and dealing with solicitors were some of the other top pressures.
More than one in five (22 per cent) have even considered pulling out of a house purchase altogether because they’ve found it such a stressful experience.
It also emerged 62 per cent of those polled said the main contributor to their overwhelming feeling of strain is when things are beyond their control.
Yet 32 per cent try to keep positive throughout the process, with exercise, ‘me time’, meditation and opening a bottle of wine some of the top stress relievers.
Purplebricks, which commissioned the research, has worked with breath coach Rebecca Dennis to create ‘Moving Meditations’ – three guided meditations to help ease some of the most challenging stages of a move.
Rebecca said: “Moving house is one of the biggest life decisions you’ll make – there are many worries at different stages of the process.
“At times, it can feel like a rollercoaster. From the excitement of finding your dream home to the wait as you make an offer, there are plenty of ups and downs along the way.
“While the journey is not always the smoothest, there are certainly ways to find calm amongst the chaos.
“The way we breathe has a powerful effect on how stressed we feel and meditation can help to relieve that stress.
“By asking the body to relax each time we inhale, we unwind stored tension. By connecting with your own breath, you can reset the mind and body when stress or anxiety start to creep in.”
The study also found half of those polled (50 per cent) believe the process of buying and selling a home can feel overly complicated, and 49 per cent dislike not knowing what’s going on and having to constantly chase for updates.
As a result, 71 per cent would love live updates to see exactly how far along their house sale is to ease their stresses.
And 32 per cent feel the biggest relief when the keys of their new property are finally in their hand, but 24 per cent don’t let out a sigh until all their boxes are in their new home.
It also emerged 75 per cent believe moving house during a pandemic is more stressful than normal.
Coming into contact with people you don’t know, potential buyers dropping out of a chain and the fear of another lockdown are among the reasons it’s more worrying during the pandemic.
But 66 per cent said that once you’ve moved in you forget all about the pressures – with 16 per cent even admitting that while it can be demanding, they secretly enjoy the process.
Almost three in 10 (28 per cent) enjoy the thought of packing for a move, but find the reality a different story, with 15 per cent even claiming they get a kick out of it.
The study, conducted by OnePoll, also revealed that while 84 per cent believe they are organised during a house move, almost a third admitted they don’t use a checklist at all and simply don’t know where to start.
Angela Wallace, divisional sales director at Purplebricks, added: “Buying and selling a home is a major milestone in anyone’s life, so it’s understandable people feel the strain every now and then.
“However, you don’t move very often in a lifetime, so try to be in the moment and enjoy making these life changing decisions.
“If there are areas of the journey that feel a bit of a challenge hopefully Moving Meditations can offer something unique to help buyers and sellers through.”
To listen to Moving Meditations and get the ultimate moving checklist created by experts at Purplebricks, click here.
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