Moving House: What To Do When Things Go Pear Shaped!

If you ask anyone who has ever moved house what their most stressful experience has been, and the chances are that they will say moving house. The process of moving all of your belongings from one place to another, not to mention having to transport your children and pets, and deep clean your old home before moving out, is not a stress-free one, that is for sure.

On top of all of that, there is also the fear that something will go seriously wrong when it comes to your move, and cause total pandemonium. While you may not want to think about things going wrong when it comes to moving house, it is important to realize that disasters can happen. That’s not to say your move will be a disaster, but just that any move has the potential to go pear-shaped and it is important to be aware of that.

The most important thing to remember when things go wrong is that every problem is fixable, so there really is no need to panic. With that in mind, below are some useful strategies for dealing with a disastrous house move and making the situation a less stressful one.

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Take a deep breath

Whether it is a week before your moving date and your movers have canceled, or it is the day of your move, and the old owners are refusing to vacate your new home, don’t panic. Yes, the situation is not ideal, but it is resolvable. Whatever happens, when it comes to your house move, there is no need to panic. Because although the situation may not seem recoverable, it always is, so if you can feel yourself panicking or starting to stress, take a moment to take some deep breaths. Count to ten, slowly inhaling and exhaling as you do, and you should begin to calm down.


If something has gone wrong, the thing to do is reevaluate the situation, instead of panicking. Panicking won’t solve anything, however, reevaluating the situation and finding ways to deal with any issues that have occurred, can do. Say, for example, your moving company cancels on you a few days before you are due to move, throwing your entire move off course. You can’t move house without a moving company, so what on earth are you going to do? Instead of panicking, the best thing that you can do is start looking for another moving company to help with your move. You could sit at home and panic about things and get upset, or you could be proactive and attempt to find a way to fix the situation.

Look on the bright side

Whatever happens – whatever goes wrong – the important thing is that you are looking on the bright side of the situation and are able to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. The situation that has occurred may not be ideal, but the fact is that it could be a lot worse. By focusing on the bright side of things, you can ensure that whatever happens, it doesn’t get you down or cause unnecessary stress.


Moving house is always going to be stressful, that is a fact, but even more so when things don’t go to plan. However, by taking note of the tips above, you can ensure that when it comes to your move, no matter what goes wrong, you will be equipped to deal with it.

Disclosure: This is a contributed post.


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  1. Tracy Robertson
    December 19, 2017 at 5:05 am

    The task of moving completely overwhelms me! I will try to think positive and not freak out the next time, but I hope it’s years before I need to move again!

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