7 Common Anxieties When Moving House and What You Can Do About Them

Moving house is one of the most stressful experiences you can encounter in your lifetime.

Once you finally find the house of your dreams, there are a great many things to arrange before, during and even after the move.

Here we have listed seven of the most common worries with some advice on what you can do to alleviate these anxieties for you, your family and your pets.

What if the neighbours are nasty?

Anyone who has ever watched a TV soap worries about the dramas inflicted by unpleasant neighbours. Sadly, there is no mention of neighbours in the estate agent’s details, so you are pretty much at their mercy when you move in, being none the wiser.

Apart from asking the sellers of the property if they get on well with the neighbours (and watching their body language like an FBI agent), you will need to put your energies in making sure you get off on the right foot once you move in.

Knock at their house, introduce yourselves and invite them for a cuppa one day.

What if the schools are rubbish?

If you have or ever intend to have kids one day, at some point you are going to want to put them in a school. When you’re moving, check you are in the right catchment area for quality schools. Find out what secondary schools are nearby for the future.

While we cannot advise you on the best things to look out for in a good school (Only you know what your priorities are), OFSTED reports can give you guidance on the performance of the school. In addition, you should call the school, request a prospectus. Also ask if you can be shown around the school.

However, don’t be fooled by the marketing. If you have friends in the area with children, find out their opinion about the schools their children attend. They can give you their honest feedback.

Hidden secrets lurking in your basement….or on the roof… or anywhere else

Moving house can cause anxiety in terms of how much work needs doing and what are the ticking time bombs. In this situation, prevention is most certainly better than cure. Your mortgage lender will have a valuation carried out by a surveyor. This is no replacement for a full survey as it does not cover everything you would want to know about your future home. Get your own survey done.

A survey will reveal any potential issues you could come across in the future. You can also use this information to negotiate a better deal on the house.

The property being a flood risk

No-one wants to move into an area that may fall victim to flooding. Gov.uk advises in how you can request a flooding history of a particular building. To quickly check how liable your new home is to floods, check the house address here.

Lack of chippy, pub and amenities

Let’s face it, what could be more important than a decent chippy nearby? Or perhaps you want a local pub to socialise with friends and neighbours, or even just watch the match now and again.

This is where you enlist the power of Google to check which pubs, restaurants, shops and takeaways you can enjoy in your new neighbourhood.

Better still, take a walk or a drive around to get a feel for the locality. Do some on the ground research sampling the delights on offer (It’s a hard life moving house, why not make some of it more fun?).

Don’t forget to check Trip Advisor and Trustpilot for reviews on nearby businesses.

Also, spend some time investigating the public transport options and where your nearest emergency services are located (think hospitals, fire stations and police stations).

Settling pets in

When moving the family, you also have to look out for the welfare of the beloved family pets.


Dogs can take 6-8 weeks to get used to a new place. To make life a little easier for the pup, stick to familiar routines. Keep old dog bedding and toys as these have his smell and feel comforting to him. Don’t leave your dog alone in the house the first few days and give him some TLC whenever you can so he doesn’t feel ignored.


Cats have their daily patrols around the neighbourhood, so it is confusing for them to suddenly find themselves teleported somewhere new. Official advice is to keep them indoors for a couple of weeks. Also keep the cat inside a week before your move to get her used to boxes and all the strange activity going on. Cats perceive it all as a threat and may retreat into a hiding place otherwise. Just like with dogs, treat your cat with lots of love and keep her routines the same.

Additionally, take time to get the cat used to the pet carrier well before moving day.

Being temporarily between homes

If there is a gap between moving out of your old house and into the new one, it can be a worry knowing where to store your items while you stay with family or friends. Unless they are very fortunate, they won’t have room for all your belongings.

This is where Rent A Space can help you out. By renting a storage unit temporarily, you can take the burden away from others and know that everything will be safe and secure, monitored 24 /7 in individually alarmed rooms. Find out about our household storage options.



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