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5 ways to make renting in London more relaxing

Moving house is one of the most stressful things many of us will have to do in our lifetime, but it doesn’t have to be as nerve wracking as it seems. Here are our five top tips on how to make renting in London that little bit more relaxing.

London skyline viewed from above including the London Eye, the Shard and Trafalgar Square

Take your time to decide on the area

If you’re looking to move to a new location but aren’t sure where you’d like to live, use your weekends as a chance to get to know new areas.

Rather than rushing from high street to high street on your lunch break or after work to scout for possible spots, why not dedicate some Sundays to exploring new areas? Take a leisurely day to explore some of the local shops, restaurants and pubs and you’ll get a real feel of what the location is like and whether it's right for you.

Set some ground rules

Once you’ve found your ideal home it’s important to set some simple ground rules. If you’re moving into a flatshare with friends or people you don’t know, when you first arrive clearly communicate what type of housemate you will be. If your partner plans on coming over four nights a week, let them know. If you like to host monthly dinner parties, give them warning in advance. Open communication and honesty is key when sharing a property, and by being upfront you should be able to avoid any stressful confrontations in the future.

Treat yourself to some new home comforts

After you have moved into your new space, it’s important to treat yourself to something, even if it’s only small. A new plant, candle or cushion will help create a more calming environment for you and can also be seen as a reward to yourself for getting through the stress of moving. No one likes having to pack and unpack their life into cardboard boxes.

Use new technology to your advantage

Trying to negotiate with landlords and estate agents can send your stress levels sky high, so eliminate all of that hassle and instead use Movebubble. It makes finding a property as easy as ordering a pizza! Pop in what you’re looking for and they will match you with your perfect home so you can schedule viewings and make offers safely in the app. You should be able to find your next rented home quicker than ever!

Get an at home massage

Even if you’ve followed all our other tips, sometimes the stress of living in London can still creep up on us. If you come home after a long day and feel the need for a pick me up, why not order massage to your new home? Urban massage connects you with a local therapist who can come to your home and give you a Swedish massage that will make any renting stresses you have just melt away.