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How to avoid relationship stress when moving home

Relationships are difficult at the best of times, let alone when we are buying or moving home. Miscommunication, money issues, onward chains and packing boxes is enough to give anyone a headache and we can often find ourselves taking out our stress on our other halves.

So how can we avoid driving our partner mad during this stressful transitional time? Well moving house is many things but one thing it is not is sudden. Buying a home or moving home is a relatively long and arduous process, so at least you have some time for preparation. So prepare! Make the best use of this time and make preparations in advance to lesson the pressure a few months down the line.

Before moving one of the main things you need to do is to sit down and make sure you both share the same ideas about what you want your new home to be and take time to make sure you both have the same criteria, if not say something now and come to a compromise. Don’t wait till moving day to voice concerns and dislikes.

When it comes to actually moving and sorting things out then one of you needs to step up to the role of project manager. Be very clear about who is responsible for doing what and this way stress will be kept to a minimum.

Talk to each other about the progress your making. You may know what you have done but the other person doesn’t. Not discussing jobs you have been responsible for will only cause the other person to nag.

Moving house is never a completely smooth ride so if you do end up feeling stressed and irritable it is important to remember that you have been placed in a high pressure situation and this is not a reflection of how it will be when you have moved in. Think about the happy times to come and push on through.

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Written by Emma Hilton

Written by Emma Hilton

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