Buying a house 'more stressful than having a child'

Buying or selling a home is more stressful than having a child, changing jobs or getting married, a survey has found.

About seven in 10 who have bought or sold a house had found it stressful, according to the research from Which? Mortgage Advisers.

A divorce was the only major life event in the survey which people considered to be more distressing than buying or selling a property, with nearly eight in 10 (78%) people surveyed who had been divorced saying they found the process stressful.

Nearly 2,000 people took part in the survey who had either bought or sold a house in the previous five years.

The survey also asked people if they had experienced other life events and, if they had, it asked them if they had found these events stressful.

Some 70% of people who had sold a house had found it stressful, while 69% of people who had bought a house felt this way.

%VIRTUAL-ArticleSidebar-property-guide%Arranging care for an elderly relative came closely behind in terms of the burden of stress, with 68% of people who had done this saying they found it stressful.

Meanwhile, just over half (53%) of people who had had a child said this had caused them stress, while 49% of people who had changed jobs said this, as did 40% who had got married.

More than one in three (36%) people said finding a school for their child had been stressful, while one in five (22%) retired people said that leaving work had been stressful.

Less than one in five (17%) people said buying a new car was stressful.

Here are some tips from Which? Mortgage Advisers to make the process of buying or selling a home less stressful:

:: Know the process. Buying and selling may involve being part of a chain of buyers and sellers, so be realistic about time frames and when you can expect to move.

:: Consider service as well as cost. When choosing a lender, consider their reliability, range of products and the overall costs, rather than just the initial cost alone and invest in a good quality conveyancer or property solicitor.

:: Make sure you stay in the loop. Building good relationships with the professionals involved in the process could help to ease your worries.

Which? Mortgage Advisers is a service which was launched by Which? in 2010.

Here are the percentages of people who said they found a particular life event stressful according to the research for Which? Mortgage Advisers. The numbers in brackets are the numbers of people surveyed who said they had experienced a particular life event.

:: Going through a divorce (951), 78%

:: Selling a house (1,691), 70%

:: Buying a house (1952), 69%

:: Arranging care for an elderly relative (1,182), 68%

:: Having a child (1,398), 53%

:: Changing jobs (1,839), 49%

:: Getting married (1,652), 40%

:: Finding a school for your child (1,262), 36%

:: Retiring from work (1,160), 22%

:: Buying a new car (1,820), 17%

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Buying a house 'more stressful than having a child'

The tenth most viewed property of the year on Zoopla, was this beauty in Penrith.

It went on the market in August for just £100,000, and the low price and the opportunity for transformation drew in thousands of people looking for a potential project.

This lovely home was the ninth most popular property of the view. Potential viewers were drawn by the opportunity to buy a five-bedroom detached property, complete with a garage and a drive, for just £187,950.

The eighth most viewed property was another relatively new, detached property, with a garage.

This home also boasts four bedrooms for just £197,950

Seventh place is impressive for a property that only hit the market in November.

It's another relatively new detached property with a garage, at the rock-bottom price - of £180,000

The cheapest home in the top ten comes in at number 6. For just £40,000 you get three bedrooms and a garage in Liverpool.

It's no wonder that so many people, who have been squeezed by soaring property prices, are keen to view a property that offers a glimpse of hope.

In fifth place is the first of two mega-expensive homes on the list - and by far the most unusual. This one, in Newport, south Wales, hit the market in February for £1,899 950.

The 1720s hunting lodge and tower had been transformed during an episode of Grand Designs in 2009 - by a couple who added a dramatic glass extension. Thousands of us couldn't resist having a look around.

This swanky new-ish property in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, made number four, despite only going on the market in October.

It ticks all the boxes that have put so many of these properties on the list - being detached, and offering five bedrooms plus a garage.

The price reflects the fact it offers all that - in one of the priciest parts of the country. It makes it the most expensive property in the top ten.

A detached property in Bradford, offering three bedrooms for just £149,950 made it to number three.

It's perhaps unsurprising that it attracted so much interest, because it's one of the cheapest properties in the top ten, and the many thousands of viewers must have been astonished they could get so much family home for their money.

The joint-second cheapest property on the list is the second most viewed property in the country.

It benefited from the fact that it went on the market at the end of 2014, so had plenty of time to attract viewers. However, the appeal of a detached, 3-bedroom house for just £100,000 drew viewers in their thousands.

The number one most viewed property in 2015 was this 6-bedroom farmhouse in County Durham.

It demonstrates that we're a nation of dreamers, drawn by the affordable £175,000 price tag - as well as the huge potential of a six-bedroom farmhouse, outbuildings, almost eight acres of land and planning permission for a wind turbine.

It's no wonder s many thousands of us popped online to dream of a cheaper and simpler life in the country.


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