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One in three homeowners has ‘itchy feet’ and wants to move

  • Study also reveals top reason to move is the size of your home
  • Most common signs of ‘itchy feet’ include your home starts to feel too big or small, you find yourself browsing moving websites or there are jobs you just can’t be bothered doing

More than one in three homeowners are currently looking to move, with the top signs of ‘itchy feet’ including constantly browsing property websites, starting to hate your neighbours and forgetting everything you love about where you currently live.

A study commissioned by Keepmoat Homes polled 2,000 homeowners and found that outgrowing your house, or even finding that it is too big, is the top indicator that it’s time to sell up.

The findings also revealed that the average homeowner begins to get ‘itchy feet’ in their home after nine years of living there. But more than one in 10 admit they start to think about moving after just three years.

James Thomson, Chief Executive at Keepmoat Homes, said: “Buying a home is a life changing purchase so when you first move it is usually to a property you have fallen in love with. But after a few years, especially if your financial situation improves, many people start to think about moving up the property ladder. The average homeowner will spend six years in their property before moving on.”

“It isn’t surprising to see that the need for more space is the top reason that people decide to move – in the past some of our customers have even moved homes on the same development because they really love the area and the style of their home but, as their family has grown, they have wanted more space.”

The survey found a number of other tell-tale signs that a move is imminent, including ignoring DIY and maintenance jobs which need doing, continually complaining about your property and paying more attention to other people’s houses.

Slowing down every time you drive or walk past a ‘For Sale’ sign, spending more time outside your home than you do inside it and imagining how you would decorate a new property also made it on to the list.

Researchers found that 71 per cent of homeowners admit they often stop and have a nose at the homes for sale in estate agent windows, whilst two thirds spend an average of 15 minutes a day on sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla searching for their next potential home.

James added: “Concerns about money and the stress of buying were the key reasons why people choose to stay where they are. This is one of the advantages of buying a new-build property as you will have a Homes Sales Executive with you to offer advice and help every step of the way.

“At Keepmoat Homes we offer high quality beautiful homes but at prices people can afford. The average cost of a property in the UK is £225,621 or £175,759 outside London*, whereas the average price for a Keepmoat home is £155,000. What’s more we build homes in areas where people want to live, close by to amenities, schools and transport links. We also support and grow the local communities we work in, meaning that when you move onto a Keepmoat Homes development you become part of a thriving neighbourhood that is already part of a community. So, if you are getting itchy feet, you may want to look at what we have to offer.”

Top 30 signs you have itchy feet:

  1. Your home starts to feel too big or small
  2. You browse home-moving websites like Zoopla or Rightmove
  3. There are jobs that you can't be bothered doing to your home
  4. You start to hate the neighbours    
  5. You notice other people's homes more often
  6. You feel like you haven't got enough storage space
  7. You begin to feel like it's too far away from work
  8. You spend ages complaining about your house
  9. You start honing in on all the things which are 'wrong' with the house
  10. You have the money to move
  11. You feel that your home is now too old-fashioned
  12. You've forgotten everything you once loved about it
  13. You imagine how you'd decorate a new house
  14. You've stopped tidying and cleaning as much as you should
  15. You bring up houses, decorating and house hunting in conversation more than you used to
  16. You want a new project to work on
  17. You start spending more time outside the house than in
  18. You begin to feel that your kids are ‘too big’ for the house
  19. You feel you have ‘too many’ children for your current home
  20. You slow down every time you go past a 'For Sale' sign
  21. Your friends are all living in a different area
  22. You stop keeping up with the maintenance like replacing light bulbs
  23. You don't invite friends round any more
  24. You get annoyed by cars parking in ‘your’ space
  25. You let your garden fall into disrepair
  26. You've had planning permission refused and can’t do things you want to do
  27. You take a weirdly keen interest in other people who are buying new homes
  28. You start buying home interior magazines
  29. You never go in your garden
  30. You find yourself 'window shopping' at B&Q

Do you have itchy feet? 

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*Sourced from UK House Price Index Summary: January 2018
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-house-price-index-summary-january-2018/uk-house-price-index-summary-january-2018