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It’s often said that moving home is one of the most stressful experiences in life, but what exactly causes the most worry? Statistics released by AnyVan showed that nearly half (49%) of movers most fear finding their new home.

Swiftly followed by this was the hassle of packing up belongings, coming in as the second highest fear at 40%, with 26% stressed by unpacking once they’re finally in their new home.

It doesn’t matter if you’re moving a mile down down the road or hundreds of miles across the country, moving day is a difficult day, and this is highlighted by 36% of homeowners fearing the big day itself. Scottish movers in Glasgow (44%) and Edinburgh (43%) feared moving day the most, with Newcastle (32%) and Southampton (33%) feeling the stress less.

The dreaded time period between offer and property completion is another major concern for home buyers. Nearly a quarter (23%) of homeowners fear the conveyancing process.There are regional differences, with a third of movers in Sheffield (33%) fearing conveyancing, with a quarter in London (23%) and fifth in Manchester (20%).

Estate agents are perhaps surprisingly not a big fear factor for movers, with a fifth of homeowners saying they fear finding a good agent to sell their home and just 1 in 10 renters worrying about their letting agent. Renters are more stressed by the dreaded cardboard boxes! Packing (47%) and moving (45%) plays on nearly half of all renters’ minds when moving home.

Angus Elphinstone, CEO of AnyVan commented “It’s interesting to see what the stresses are for those looking to move. With vast numbers worried about packing and unpacking, plus the actual move day, hiring a removal specialist could ease some of the burden of what can be an incredibly worrying time.”

“Our top tips to make your move less daunting are to get organised and create a moving checklist. On your moving day start early to avoid being rushed and make sure all your boxes are labelled to help unpacking in your new home. Most of all, try not to stress too much as arriving in a new home is a wonderful thing and a big life event you should enjoy.

If you have moving fear you might be interested in reading our advice for reducing stress when moving.

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