Finalising the sale of your current property, waiting on a completion date and packing have been unveiled as the most stressful aspects of buying a new house – a new study has discovered.
Almost a quarter of 2,000 people polled said they have even considered pulling out of a house purchase altogether due to the strain the process puts on them.
While searching for a new house, getting a mortgage application approved and dealing with solicitors were also found to be stress-inducing aspects of a home move.
And 62 per cent of those questioned about their experience said that the most stressful aspect of the house buying process is an overwhelming feeling that events are moving outwit their control.
The survey was commissioned by Purplebricks – who also enlisted breath coach Rebecca Dennis to devise some stress busting techniques to help those buying property.
She 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.
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"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."
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."
Other statistics uncovered by the study found 71 per cent of home buyers would love the option to receive live updates on their house sale.
While 32 per cent said the biggest relief is when the keys of their new property are finally in their hands – although an opposing 24 per cent said the stress didn’t really end until all boxes are unpacked and they are finally living in the new home.
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