Newly commissioned research reveals that over one third (40 percent) of Brits find moving house more stressful than other life events, such as getting divorced (34 percent), having a baby (31 percent), starting a new job (27 percent) and organising a wedding (25 percent).
Brits reported the stress and strain of moving has left many feeling trapped – with 60 percent insisting they’ve been put off even looking for a new home because of the pressure involved with the process.
The study commissioned by Yopa also revealed that over a third (34 percent) of Brits suffered severe anxiety during their last move, while a massive 40 percent were left feeling depressed and the same percentage said they became physically ill by the process. Nearly two-thirds of people (65 percent) said they had suffered from sleep deprivation over moving house.
Despite all of this, 62% of people think that moving home can make them happier and felt it would be a less stressful process if estate agents fees were lower (42 percent) and if there was more transparency throughout (37 percent).
Chris Rosindale, Operations Director at Yopa, said: “The study has uncovered some pretty shocking stats about how many people consider moving home with one of the most stressful life events. It is problematic that people feel unable or unwilling to move because of the stresses and strains of actually moving house.”