When thinking of a house move, your first thought is probably around the stress that will befall your life. The whole process of uprooting yourself to move elsewhere isn’t exactly easy, so when it comes to your wellbeing, you are likely to think of the negatives rather than the positives.
And while moving home is stressful, it is important to know that, in the long-term, there are benefits to your wellbeing if you move to the right home. So, if you are currently procrastinating over a potential move, perhaps because you don’t want to deal with packing, estate agents, and the various financial ramifications that will impact you, it might be worth considering the positives.
Here are just a few reasons why moving home can be good for your wellbeing.
1: You can move into a home free of repair issues
If you are constantly trying to prevent damp in your current property, and if your home is chillier than an Eskimo’s igloo, then it is hardly good for your health. While you can make fixes in your home, it might be that you are fighting a losing battle, especially if you are living in an older property. Moving into a home that is free of such issues, both you and your family will finally be able to escape the stress and other health problems that your home is burdening you with.
2: A fresh start is always good for the mind
It might be that you are bored with your current property. The thought of coming home each day might fill with you depressive thoughts, for whatever reason. You might have memories you want to escape from, be they to do with the house you are in or the neighbourhood you are living in. And there could be other factors behind your negative mindset. Living like this on a regular basis is not good for you on a mental level, so a fresh start might be just what you need.
It might be that a move to a neighbouring town or city will do you a world of good, as it will place distance between you and your unhappiness. Or if you were particularly adventurous, you could even move to a new country. Check out the BTO 2019 accommodation launches, for example. The world is your oyster (depending on your budget), and a move to somewhere new could vastly improve your outlook, even literally if you had beautiful scenery outside of your windows.
3: You won’t have to deal with the stress of your problem neighbours
Of course, you might have wonderful neighbours, so you might not be in too much of a hurry to say goodbye. On the other hand, if you have neighbours that are constantly causing you to stress, it might be time to move on from them. We are thinking of those people who constantly play loud music day and night or those people who leave their barking dogs at home while they’re at work. You might even be in a war with them, for whatever reason, and that is hardly good for your stress level.
Now, as seen in the following link, there are ways to deal with problem neighbours, but if you were contemplating a house move anyway, let them be the incentive you need to finally start the moving process. Just be sure to look out for signs of difficult neighbours when you’re looking at other houses – if you hear loud music, barking dogs, or notice shopping trollies buried beneath the grass on their lawns, you might want to move on with your search.
4: You can move into a home with more space
If you’re living a cramped lifestyle in your current property, then this is hardly conducive to a positive mental state. You can deal with this by decluttering, of course, as this might free up some space in your home. However, if your home still feels and looks too small after having a clearout, and if it is doing little to improve your sense of wellbeing, it is probably time to move into a larger property.
With more space, you will be able to find a home for all of your belongings. You will be able to find your space for me-time too, away from your other family members. And you will be able to improve the functionality of your home, and this will allow you to take part in activities that will lift your overall mood state. So, you might convert an unused room into a place for one of your hobbies, for example.
Moving home isn’t always the right answer. It might be that you can resolve any issues you have and continue living where you are. However, there are positive benefits to a house move that are centered around your wellbeing, so consider our suggestions and relate them to your situation.
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