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REVEALED: Britain’s Biggest Moving Home Fails

18 July 2019 38707 Views
REVEALED: Britain’s Biggest Moving Home Fails

A recent study has revealed what the biggest moving home fails are in the UK, including damaged furniture, scratched walls and new homeowners losing the keys before they even reach the front door of their new home.

Moving home fails aren’t exactly uncommon. According to the research study by Happy Beds, over half of Brits have experienced some sort of moving-in fail.

As a result of moving home stress, one in eight prospective movers have suffered at least one sleepless night before the day of their big move.

“There are countless things that can go wrong, and it can feel as if you’re spinning plates trying to make sure everything goes to play. It is important before moving to plan everything well in advance, in order for you to get a good night’s sleep before the big day.” Says Joy Richards, sleep expert and commissioner of the research as part of Happy Beds’ Moving Home campaign.

However, the worries and sleepless nights don’t stop after moving day. The poll of 2,000 Brits also revealed that, on average, it will take four nights for new homeowners to get a full night’s snooze in their new home, with one in 10 believing that trying to sleep in a new environment is the most stressful part of the overall move.

Unsurprisingly, wardrobes were nominated the single worst item to move from one house to another, followed by sofas and delicate items like vases or mirrors.

Mick Fallon, Director and Conveyancing Solicitor at Howells Solicitors, said that delegating tasks to supportive friends and family is an effective way of helping moves go smoothly.

“Having the support of people, you can rely on can really make the difference – taking the worry out of this exciting period of your life.”

“If you can relax in the knowledge that the exchange and completion is in safe hands and will go through without a hitch, that is one less concern off your plate and you can concentrate on packing and unpacking again.


  1. Damaged furniture

  2. Scratched walls

  3. Not being able to fit an item through the door

  4. Not being able to manoeuvre furniture up/down the stairs

  5. Not being able to manoeuvre furniture around a corner

  6. Boxes breaking and the contents spilling out everywhere

  7. The previous residents hadn't totally moved out or left things behind

  8. The house wasn't ready

  9. Not having everything packed up in time

  10. Delicate possessions breaking

  11. Removal van showing up late

  12. Lost boxes

  13. Feeling ill on the big day

  14. Friends who were meant to help cancelled last minute

  15. Losing keys

  16. Car/van breaking down

  17. Problems picking up a rental van

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