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The Stress of Buying & Selling a House: How to Cope

November 30, 2021

Buying and selling your house can be a time of many mixed feelings. It may be an exciting time as it could be the start of something new, or a sad time due to a relationship ending but the actual process can be a pretty stressful time too. With anxiety levels high, preparation is key to minimising the stress levels.

The stress of buying a house


Make the process of buying a new home an enjoyable one and avoid buying house stress by knowing what you want to buy and where. 


Make a list of the most important things your new home needs to have. This will help you think about the move logically and help assist your search criteria.

Things to consider when buying a house


When looking to purchase a new home, it’s important to have an idea of what you’re looking for to make the process as stress-free as possible. Here are some of the different criteria you should consider when looking to buy a home:


house location


Before looking for a specific property, do your research on the area you’d like to live in first. There’s nothing worse than finding your dream home, and then finding out the location of the house couldn’t be worse for you!

If you’ve got children, ensure you research what the nearby schools are like and how accessible they are. 

If you work in an office, check what are the transport routes like to get to the office.

It’s important to understand the area that you want to live in before looking at homes.

Number of bedrooms and bathrooms


It’s important to have an idea about the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need when looking to purchase a home. You need to ensure that you’ve got the right amount of space for initial needs, as well as future needs if you’re planning to have children soon!

Also consider if you’ll have enough space to successfully work from home, as the pandemic has placed a greater need on additional space for a home office from more people working from home.

New build or traditional?


When looking to purchase a home, there are lots of different styles to choose from, and the era that they’re built can be an important factor for some people. If you’re the type of person that only wants to live in a 1970’s style home, then add it to your list so you can discount other house styles.

It’s also important to consider if you’d buy a new-build home or not. There are plenty of advantages to buying a new build home, however, there are also a few disadvantages you must consider. 

You’ll have to wait for your new-build home to finish being built, and you could be waiting for longer than you’d like, which could be a stressful process. You may also be living on a building site for a while, and have builders entering your property often to fix snags.

Amount of outside/garden space

garden space

The pandemic has placed a larger emphasis on the amount of outside space property has, with a decent-sized garden now being essential to some people’s property search.

Make sure that you have an idea of the size of outside space you’re looking for when looking to buy a new home, and check out the pictures/videos available of the outside space online.


budget for a new house

Websites that list houses for sale online make it easier to look at what’s available in your price range, but it’s important to know what you can afford before you start looking. 

Have a conversation with a mortgage advisor if you’re unsure of what you can afford, and they can help guide you in the right direction that can make the situation less stressful.

It’s also important to factor redecoration and new furniture in your budget, as you’ll need a budget to put your own stamp on your new home.

If you’re just thinking about buying a new home and you haven’t thought about contacting a mortgage advisor yet, then the BBC have a calculator where you can research what you could afford in the area you live.

What type of house are you looking for? (Detached, terrace etc.)


It’s great to have an idea of what kind of house you want when searching for a new home, however, the biggest factor with this decision will be the budget you have available.


Detached houses usually are the most expensive as they offer the most space and privacy, but if you’re comfortable in a semi-detached house that ticks all of your boxes, then it may be worth considering that style of home in your search.


It is, however, important to discount the types of homes that you don’t want to live in. For example, if you need outside space for your children to play or for a dog, then it may be worth looking at a house with a garden instead of a flat.

The stress of selling your house 


Selling a house is probably more stressful than buying a house. Once you’ve found the new home you want to live in, it’s important to sell your home so the chain doesn’t break.


In order to sell your house with the least stress possible, there are several steps that you can follow:

1. Get organised


Once you have made the decision to sell your house and before you’ve contacted an estate agent, you must get your house ready.


Imagine looking at your house for the first time through the eyes of a potential buyer. Are there too many personal items on display? Does your house look untidy or have a particular smell about it? Are the colour of the walls neutral or painted in a colour personal to you? 


These are key things to think about but are easy to change.

Spruce up and declutter

The key here is to enhance the space available in your house by removing any large pieces of furniture and either throwing away unwanted items or storing them in a cupboard out of sight. Go through each room methodically and focus on the bathroom and kitchen leaving as little on the surfaces as possible.

Fix & clean

Make sure your house is spotless and sparkles. Clean the windows, scrub the floors, remove any unsightly stains or marks on the carpet and walls. Repair any cracked tiles, holes in the walls or broken doorknobs. Make the most of any outdoor space. Don’t put buyers off with an overgrown jungle. Tidy the garden – cut back bushes, clean the patio and cut the grass.

A lick of paint

paint house when selling

Paint walls or doors that are looking jaded. A fresh lick of neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and brighter. To create a great first impression, paint the front door.

2. Find the right estate agent for you


One of the reasons that selling your home could be stressful is your choice of an estate agent. Chasing an estate agent for updates, not receiving information regarding viewings or not getting useful feedback can make the home selling possess more stressful than it needs to be. 

Make sure you’re happy with your choice of estate agent and do your research before going with one in particular. There are a lot of estate agents you can look into, with each area having estate agents that specialise in selling different types of homes.

Ensure that you feel you have the assurances that your estate agent will keep you informed and act with your best interest in mind. If you don’t have a good feeling about an estate agent you’re talking to, then you probably shouldn’t choose them to help you sell your home. This will only lead to more stress in the long run.

3. Make a plan


A way to reduce the stress when selling a house is to have a plan in place. 

Selling a home can come with numerous setbacks and issues along the way, and failing to plan and anticipate these setbacks can help you avoid a stressful situation.

It also helps to set a timeline of how long it will take you to sell your home and move into somewhere else, as well as what you need to do if you can’t sell your house in time to move out.

4. Consider an alternative methods of selling your home

alternative solution to selling a home

If you’re looking to sell you home, there are more options than you first initially think of.

People trying to sell a home are now turning to fast house sale companies such as Halo House Buyers for a quick, stress-free sale of their home! 

Sell your house fast without ANY stress


Halo House Buyers can help you skip the stress of selling your house. No need to prepare your home for sale, deal with estate agents and all the viewings. Instead, you can sell your home directly to Halo House Buyers, a reputable cash house buyer.


Within 24 hours of contacting Halo House Buyers, they will have made you an offer on your home and once agreed your cash sale is guaranteed. You can pick your moving date – so no need to worry about your house not selling in time to buy your new property.


So if you want to avoid dealing with the hassle and stress of selling your home, why not get in touch with Halo House Buyers today for a no-obligation cash offer.

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