Moving House at Short Notice

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Moving house is stressful enough at the best of times. The additional burden of admin, choice and compromise on top of a full time, as well as the concern that if it goes wrong somehow, you could be left homeless.

When you have moving house forced on you, for example if your landlord sells you flat, or you come to the sudden end of a relationship, you have to do all of that work and make all of those decisions so much more quickly. It also reminds you of just how powerless you can be when faced with the realities of the housing market.

Here are some tips to get through a short notice move without losing too much sleep.

Buy Some Time

If you find yourself with very little notice to move, it’s better to find a way to buy some time rather than committing yourself to a new home when the only good thing about it is that it’s available.

It’s worth asking if you can stay with friends: you’ll find them more supportive than you might think, and this will furnish you with a network of sofas and spare rooms that can help eke out the time until you have to commit yourself to a new home, which will help you find the right one.

Another problem you have to face is keeping your possessions safe until you can give them a permanent home. If you look into self storage London has plenty of options for you to choose from, allowing you to find an option that fits your needs and your budget.


It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you have a house move forced on you, rather than at a time of your choosing. To avoid freezing up, get organised. Make a list of what you need to do, and when it needs doing, from contacting estate agents to finding boxes to pack, and notifying utility companies that you’re moving.

Making sure you work through items on this list every day ensures you don’t fall behind, and relieves the feeling of helplessness that can take hold when you have move quickly.

Ask For Help

Even if you book a removal firm for the day itself, there’s still a host of small jobs to do. Reach out to friends and family: they’ll be happy to give their time when they can, this won’t just help to relieve the burden of work it’ll relieve your worries. Your friends and family are there for you, and they’re ready to help.

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