THE most annoying things about moving house include having to redirect post, waiting for Wi-Fi to be installed – and dealing with previous occupants’ mess.
A study of 2,000 adults who recently moved found more than a third claimed it was one of the most stressful events of their life and 22% were put off from ever moving again.
Other annoyances were being unable to fit furniture through the front door, delicate possessions breaking and getting used to new bin days.
The chaos of moving subscriptions and utilities from one home to another topped the list of 40 bugbears, followed by simply having to pack and unpack your belongings.
Needing to make endless phone calls to sort everything out, not having blinds or curtains to begin with and struggling to work the new heating system also featured in the list.
Charles Davies, spokesman for full fibre broadband provider Hyperoptic, which commissioned the research, said: “The findings show just how many aspects there are to moving home which can cause stress.
Top 40 biggest bugbears when moving home:
- Organising services e.g., electricity, subscriptions etc.
- Spending lots of time packing boxes/bags
- Redirecting post
- Raining on moving day
- Waiting on a move-in date
- The new home being dirty
- Endless admin
- Waiting for Wi-Fi to be installed
- Having to clean my old home
- Being unable to fit furniture through the front door
- Not having blinds/curtains to begin with
- Noisy new neighbours
- Having to lift heavy boxes
- Not being able to fit furniture up the stairs
- Finding unexpected holes/scratches
- Unexpected costs on moving day
- Having no idea where anything is in the new home e.g., water, electrics
- Endless phone calls
- Delicate possessions breaking
- Not knowing what is in what box
- The previous tenants leaving belongings at the house
- Being unable to find the box of ‘basics’ upon moving e.g., the kettle
- Parking issues outside the new home
- Paying to cancel contracts at a previous home
- Scratched walls from deliveries
- Unable to work the new heating system
- Having to wait for furniture to arrive
- Boxes breaking and contents spilling out
- Removal vans showing up late
- Getting used to new bin days
- Using up mobile data allowance due to no internet in the house
- Only being notified about moving the day before
- Boxes being put in the wrong room / part of the house
- Removal people leaving boxes downstairs when they should be upstairs
- Finding mice in the home
- Creased clothes from being packed
- Wearing the same clothes for days before properly unpacking
- Not getting used to where light switches are
- Unable to work from the new home straight away
- Unable to hire a big enough van
“Whether renting or buying a place, it’s not only the physical moving of boxes which takes time and effort but the mountain of admin that comes with doing so, including installing Wi-Fi.
“The to-do list can be endless when moving home, so making the job of connecting to broadband in a new place a smooth and stress-free experience can make life a lot easier.”
The study also found six in 10 find the experience of moving "stressful", with almost a third going as far as to say it was "overwhelming".
To make things easier, 38% would have liked to be able to move over a few days rather than just one, while 26% think better communication from estate agents and solicitors would help.
Nearly three in 10 (29%) would also have liked to have had Wi-Fi available as soon as they moved in, rather than having to wait an average of 10 days for it to be connected.
It also emerged movers typically experienced four delays in the process, including the moving date (40%), Wi-Fi being installed (38%) and furniture arriving (21%).
And 31% had to take days off to wait in for deliveries or installations only to be let down, estimating they wasted three whole days each.
As a result, a quarter got impatient waiting for things to be done, while more than a fifth admitting that not having the internet while they moved in highlighted just how much they rely on it.
Delays in having the internet installed also meant 13% ended up paying more for phone 4G, 12% couldn’t work from home and one in 20 even missed payment deadlines for bills.
Because of this, those surveyed via OnePoll would happily pay 11% more for a property if it had access to full fibre broadband, and 27% would delay their move to ensure they had Wi-Fi.
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