April is National Stress Awareness Month in the UK and new homes provider Bromford is marking the occasion by sharing its top tips on dealing with the stress that can come with moving home. Catherine Jarrett, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bromford, said: “Buying a new home and making the move to a new community is very exciting and wonderful experience.

“However, there is no denying that the process of moving to a new home is very intensive and many people find it stressful. That’s why we hope that sharing these top tips can help make the process smoother and more relaxed, so that buyers can focus on the excitement instead of the stress.”

  1. Clear out the clutter

It can be very easy to accumulate a significant amount of items that you don’t use or need overtime, and moving house is an excellent opportunity to have a clear out. Not only can decluttering itself be a relaxing process, but packing and moving will be much easier with less disorganised items to pack, unpack and find a new place for in the new home. 

  1. Think ahead

The tasks ahead may feel overwhelming and it can be tempting to put them off until the last minute, however this will only lead to significantly more stress. Start planning the process and thinking about what you need as early as possible, so that even if you forget something it is much easier to deal with, as most of the other parts of the process will have been handled. Write checklists, make any bookings such as renting a van or hiring professional movers early to ensure they’re available, and start by packing items you don’t use very often.

  1. Pack smart

You can make the unpacking process much easier on yourself by putting extra thought into packing. Don’t shove random items together, but instead organise them based on what room they will be going into in the new house, and label the boxes with what they contain and what room they belong to. You can then tackle unpacking room by room, which will make it feel like things are coming together much faster.

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Moving home is a big job and it would be very hard for one person to do it all by themselves. Be sure to reach out to family, friends and even professionals to ease the burden and give yourself a break. It is also important to talk to the people in your life about how you’re feeling and to get support and advice.

  1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
    During particularly stressful times, it can be easy to slip into bad habits, such as opting for junk food and not getting enough sleep, which can make the stress worse. A healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and wholegrains, is a great way to improve wellbeing, and short bursts of physical exercise are proven to boost your mood. A full night’s sleep will help you to recharge quickly, and provide you with enough energy to get through the busy days.

Bromford is providing a range of Shared Ownership and outright sale homes across the West Midlands. Shared Ownership gives those who do not currently own a property the chance to secure a new build home with Bromford. Homebuyers pay a mortgage on the share they own and pay rent on the remaining share, meaning a smaller deposit is required.