One in five regret most recent house move

Posted 29 June 2015 by Tilly Rubens

The saying goes “home is where the heart is” but unfortunately this is not the case for one-in-five home movers, according to new research out. Some 20% of respondents in a recent AA Home Membership survey said they liked their house now less than when they first moved in and regretted ever making the move.

The most frequent reasons cited by respondents for falling out of love with their dream property, was discovering a list of unexpected problems with their new home, and disliking their neighbours (both at 27%). Other factors complained of were that the new property was too small (25%) or that it required too much upkeep (21%).

“It must be quite disheartening to find that your new home is not all you hoped it would be,” says Helen Brooker, Head of AA Home Membership, adding: “Some issues – such as property maintenance and anti-social behavior – may only become apparent overtime.”

The results also revealed some big differences between homeowners and tenants with over one quarter of tenants saying they had grown less fond of their home overtime compared to just 17% of owners.

Homeowners were more likely to struggle with the upkeep of the property and changing circumstances (such as children leaving home) which made the property less suitable. Tenants were more likely to live in properties with unexpected problems and fall out with their new neighbours.

The research also found seven out of ten people in the survey had made some sort of compromise when they last moved, perhaps explaining the high level of dissatisfaction of respondents. This included a compromise on the location or the size of the property or their new home needing more upkeep than they had anticipated.

Interestingly, the youngest age group (aged 18- 24) were the least easy going of all the movers and also the most fussy. Nearly a third of respondents in this age group said they had made a compromise begrudgingly when moving, showing that changing home is not always all rock and roll.

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