5 Tips for a stress free moving day

It’s well documented that moving house is one of life’s most stressful events. It’s not just the worry of finding the perfect property for sale in Southend-on-Sea, or packing then unpacking all of your belongings, but for some, there’s also the stress of leaving behind an old home. Luckily, the experience doesn't have to be too traumatic. Follow these simple tips for an easy transition:

  1. Be kind to yourself. You know it's going to be a busy time with a lot of extra tasks on the to-do list (call the best estate agent in Southend, find a good removals company, ask someone to look after the cat, find a locksmith) and uncertainties (where's the closest supermarket? What's the best route for my new commute?), so brace yourself for chaos. If you expect a few frantic weeks and assume a few things will go wrong, you'll be prepared for some upheaval when it does happen.
  2. Plan accordingly. Clear your diary and leave yourself plenty of time to pack, rather than starting at 8pm the night before the move. If you're still searching for your perfect property for sale in Southend, have a contingency plan: If all else fails and you can't secure your new home before you need to move, can you stay with family for a few weeks and put your belongings into storage? Enlist family and friends to help with the move itself so the process is less daunting.
  3. Say goodbye to your old home. It might sound silly, but even if you're moving into your dream property, it can be hard to leave the old one behind. Mark the occasion by doing something special, throwing a goodbye party, cook yourself a special last meal, take photos of your old bedroom. You'll feel more satisfied when you close your old front door for the last time.
  4. Acknowledge that the change could be difficult. You won't do yourself any favours by pretending that moving home is something you just take in your stride. Anticipate all the things that are going to be different such as new neighbours, different schools or clubs, living with your partner for the first time maybe. Take some time to think how you might feel about them.
  5. Create your new home. It may take weeks to unpack your boxes, but do one or two things to immediately make your new space feel like a home: Stand up some favourite photographs or make the bed with your favourite bedding. Then recognize that it will take time to settle in.

Lisa Clark is Sales Manager at Pace Plc, an independent Estate Agency in Southend on Sea. She deals with every aspect of the sales process, providing expert and honest advice together with tailor-made marketing plans for each property she lists for sale.

She prides herself on providing excellent customer service and takes a highly proactive approach to achieving the best possible price and sale time for our clients in an increasingly competitive property marketplace.

Pace Sales


"I am a landlady with many properties and have dealt with Pace for about 10 years. Marcus is very friendly, honest, efficient and helpful and has made my letting experience extremely easy always finding me suitable tenants. I have nothing but praise for Marcus who has been with Pace many years.

Mary R

After renovating a block of 21 flats to place into our rental portfolio we instructed PACE and gave them two weeks to let all the units on a sole agency basis. Within a month all the flats were filled with suitable tenants. PACE delivered and exceeded our expectations.

Runwood Homes Director

As a landlord with multiple HMO properties, I have employed the services of PACE for a number of years now as they ensure I have my required specification of tenant placed in all my rooms. I only let rooms to employed applicants and very much favour their opening hours as this attracts and accommodates the right people.

Johnathon Simons HMO Landlord

Sara is my dedicated property manager and has been for some time. I have always found Sara to be a professional member of staff who always keeps me informed and provides regular visit reports, which is important to me. She deals with any problem that befalls her, contacting me if required. Sara will discuss any problem and invariably come to a solution. 

Raymond Durrant – multi property landlord

The staff are always friendly and helpful, my special thanks to Sara, we have built a very special rapport and I feel very comfortable phoning if I need anything. I feel very happy that I have one person to deal with all of my issues.

Evelin Jenkins - Tenant

We cannot stress how much we appreciate having a dedicated property manager. We live 350 miles away and also spend a great deal of the winter out of the country.  We have used Pace for a number of years and have never been disappointed with the level of service we receive.

Peter and Maureen Mason – Multi property landlords

I was extremely thankful I chose PACE to conduct the sale of my property and extremely grateful to Sue Mellor who worked very hard to ensure a smooth transaction. She was most knowledgeable and professional throughout, always reachable and approachable. She was able to answer all the questions I posed.

Yvonne White

I've recently purchased a property with the help of Pace. I found the staff extremely helpful and friendly. My first contact was Katie, she showed me around the property and liaised with the vendor. After, I dealt mostly with Sue Mellor. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. She kept me informed throughout the process and was the first to congratulate me on completion.

Roni Miller

I just thought I'd drop you a line about Adele who is managing my flat. Adele is doing a great job and is a credit to Pace. She has done, and continues to do, exactly what she says she will do and as a customer that is exactly what I want. Adele doesn't take things at face value and investigates things when she needs to, again a thing that clients will prize.

Tony Mihill - Landlord

Thank you to the team at PACE for firstly providing excellent property management services over many years and secondly for helping me to sell my property recently. All your hard work has been very much appreciated. Special mentions to Sara, Amy, Sue and Billy for their friendly and professional service!

Charlotte, (Property Management & Seller)