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Only divorce tops selling a house for stress

And moving house is more stressful than having a child!

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moving boxes image75% of women say selling a house was stressful, compared to 66% of men. People find moving house more stressful than having children, changing jobs and getting married, according to a Which? survey.

In the 2015 Which? national property survey, they asked 1,990 recent home-movers to rate how stressful they found a number of life events, including buying and selling their home.

Seven out of ten (70%) respondents said selling their house was stressful, 69% said the same about buying a house.

Arranging care for an elderly relative (68%), having a child (53%), changing jobs (49%) and getting married (40%) were all voted as being less stressful than buying or selling property.

Divorce was rated as the most stressful of the 10 life events featured in the survey, with 78% of respondents saying it was stressful.

Selling a home ranked as the second-most stressful event, followed by arranging elderly care for a relative and buying a house.

Women were significantly more likely than men to find moving house stressful (75% of women vs. 66% of men for selling, 73% of women vs. 67% of men for buying).

How to make selling a house less stressful (share this with your potential clients!)

Which? Offers its readers some good advice: If you want to keep your stress levels as low as possible, choose your service providers based on quality, rather than price.

Hiring efficient, highly recommended professionals will minimise unnecessary delays, help you achieve the best selling price from the best buyer, and make the home-moving process as smooth as possible.

Agents in particular also recommend choosing the most reliable buyer, even if their offer is slightly lower than the highest one you receive, if you’re after a quick and stress-free sale. Your estate agent should vet potential buyers as part of the offer process.

For more tips on how to choose estate agents and conveyancers, as well as how to accurately vet buyers, see their Selling a house: stress-busters guide at:

http://www.which.co.uk/money/mortgages-and-property/guides/how-to-sell-your-house/estate-agents-and-finding-the-best/

January 14, 2016

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