New Studies Into Property Moves In The Pandemic

5th June 2021 posted in Sellers Buyers

The level of activity in the housing market right indicates people are keen to move.

This is something we have experienced at Hunters West Hampstead. If you are looking to move in, out or around West Hampstead, we can assist you.

We speak with locals and prospective buyers, and we stay in touch with the latest studies into why people are moving home. If you are keen to make an informed move, get in touch and we will be happy to assist you.

Why are people moving?

Yes Homebuyers surveyed 1,059 property buyers, who have completed their move in the last six months, and asked them what their primary reason for moving out of their last home. The findings will be of interest to many people in the housing industry, and for people looking to move home soon.

  • 46% of respondents cited a lack of space, either indoor or outdoor, as the reason to look for a new home
  • 28% of respondents blamed messy or noisy neighbours as the key driver for their desire to move to a new house
  • 9% of respondents cited expensive maintenance and costs as a factor which led to them moving home
  • 7% of respondents cited the property being in need of modernisation as the crucial component in why they moved home
  • Issues regarding the wider area, such as high crime rates, were cited by 7%
  • A lack of suitable amenities, including good schools, was only cited by 3%

This last part is an interesting one, as schools are regularly cited as a reason why people move home. Perhaps people in an area are already aware of what schools are there, so the standard of schooling isn’t an issue that will see them move away.

Matthew Cooper, Founder & Managing Director of Yes Homebuyers, commented: “It’s fascinating how our home purchasing priorities have been so drastically influenced by the pandemic, with the need for more space now ranking as the driving factor behind the decision to move. However, many homeowners have found that spending so much time at home has unearthed another reason as to why they simply couldn’t stay in the same home for any longer.”

Matthew concluded by saying; “Having spent months on end living next door to each other under lockdown restrictions, a third of us have had enough of our noisy neighbours, choosing to move in search of some peace and quiet.”

The standard of life people enjoy at home is important, as is evidenced by the findings from the Yes Homebuyers study. We believe West Hampstead is home to a great community, and will put many people at ease.

The pandemic will shape housing market for many years to come

GHD, a professional services company, carried out a survey and the findings shine a light on how many people are looking to move, related to the pandemic.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Up to 40% of respondents, in the UK, are at the very least considering moving home to a different location
  • Of respondents currently living in an urban area, 51% said they were looking to move
  • Of respondents currently living in a city centre location, 48% said they were keen to move
  • Of the respondents living in a suburban area, 34% have highlighted a desire to move
  • Of the respondents living in a rural area, 28% expressed a desire to move
  • 34% of respondents expect more remote working following the pandemic
  • Of this group, over half didn’t work from home before the pandemic started

The most commonly cited reasons to move include:

  • To have more space to allow easier remote working
  • To live in an aera which had cleaner air
  • To have better local access to nature

The survey showed people from the UK were more intent on moving than people living in Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States of America.

The survey spoke more than 8,000 people in these countries, and over 1,000 respondents were based in the UK.

GHD executive director Tim Mawhood spoke about the findings, saying; “At the beginning of 2021, some large cities experienced dips in population, demonstrating the extent to which changing work practices, and the prevalence of online shopping, are increasingly making location a choice for some, since proximity to workplaces and physical shops is now less of a consideration. Early signs already suggest that peri-urban areas are growing in popularity, as some turn their back on living in densely populated city centres in favour of local living. What is certain is that town and city leaders must ensure their regions have a long-term vision for living and operating sustainably in order to attract both businesses and residents.”

If you need any help or guidance regarding property matters, please get in touch. As your local housing market specialists, we will do what we can to ensure you make your next house move in style. Contact Hunters West Hampstead today for all your housing and letting needs.