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What to do When That New Home Feeling Wears Off

If you've moved recently and that thought it was an epic house move, you might be feeling really disappointed if there are further problems now that you're in the new place.

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Experiencing problems on or around a house move is SO common (I should know, I've moved 8 times in the last 14 years) so I wanted to write this post to chat about some of the ways you can solve those problems and get on with finding peace and happiness in your new home.

Here are some ideas that might ease the blow of unexpected problems AND get you through without too much trouble:

Hire an Expert

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If you are experiencing any household issue that you cannot fix and guarantee the safest results, then let's be honest - sometimes the only way is to get an expert in.

Whether it's dodgy pipes or an equally dodgy new toilet, hiring a reliable plumber will guarantee that your water issue can be solved as quickly as possible. I know the very thought of paying that call-out fee hurts, but trying to fix this kind of problem yourself will, at best, be a temporary solution and, at worst, cause further damage. Therefore, relying on the experts will guarantee that you can attain the safest and best results.

Make a Complaint

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If your new home has a problem, don't be scared to make a formal complaint. Whether this be to the previous owner or the estate agency you used to buy the property, somebody needs to know what issues you are having so that they can help.

Of course, they might not be able to fix the issue for you, but they'll give you a head start on finding the right person. Right now, you're probably budgeting to the max, so making a complaint gives you a better chance of not having to use your own money to fix the issue.

Avoid Trying to Fix it Yourself

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Whatever the issue might be, ask yourself if it's really possible for you to fix it yourself. There's always a risk that if you do try to fix the problem, and end up making it worse, then you're in even more of a mess. If you tamper with household damage - particularly in new build houses - then you will probably become liable to get it sorted yourself.

However, if you make a complaint and seek professional help, you can lean a whole lot more on others to fix the problem. Living with a Turkish man myself, this is a bit of a challenge as he always seems to 'know a guy' who can get the job done. I've had my doubts about how professional some of these people are, but equally, it's been great getting somebody else to cope with things I have no idea about.

It is tempting to take things into your own hands though, so if you do so, then at least let someone involved in the house move (estate agents, previous owners etc) know about the issue. This will act as evidence to prove that there was an issue in the first place and that you didn't cause the damage yourself.


When you move into a new home, it can be SO stressful to start experiencing problems straight away. However, it can happen to the best of us and please try to remember how resourceful you were throughout the build-up and the move itself. You've got this!

Use your own tried and trusted methods to remain calm and remember the tips above to get you on track during a very busy time. They say a problem shared is a problem halved so always let someone know about the issues and get the support you need. I'm sure you'll find that in no time, you'll be loving your new home and feeling totally settled!

Go well,



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