Survey reveals how lockdown has changed                  the way Brits see their homes

Having spent large periods of 2020 in various states of lockdown, British people have been in their own homes for longer than ever before. But has this impacted how they feel about their properties? What would they change and how has Covid-19 impacted their decisions around renovation and potential relocation?

Award-winning glazing specialist IDSystems decided to find out by surveying 1,000 UK homeowners to see what their opinions are on a number of topics and how much they have been changed by Covid-19.

A new survey from luxury glazing and bifold door specialists IDSystems has revealed that:

  • 26% of homeowners are considering moving in the next 12 months - 55% of those decisions were directly influenced by the pandemic

  • Half of UK homeowners aged 18-24, and one third of those aged 25-34 are planning on moving house in the next 12 months due to Covid-19

  • 26.4% of those surveyed in London are also planning to move because of the impact of the pandemic.

The survey of 1,000 UK homeowners has revealed a number of fascinating insights into the way that people feel about their homes and future plans.

 

Aside from Northern Ireland (61.1%), London had the highest number of people preferring to live in the city (46.4%). London also had the largest percentage of people who had changed their mind as a result of Covid-19, wanting to move out to the countryside instead (25.5% overall.)

In many cases this could be due to the increased demand on their space as kitchens became offices and classrooms. A lack of space in city-based housing makes this especially challenging, and that is reflected in the 26% of London-based homeowners who are now planning to move as a direct response to the pandemic – close to double the national figure.

“This year has been one of frustration and uncertainty for homeowners, with many now feeling the need to make big changes..." Frank Buckley, IDSystems’ CEO

The young are on the move

While it is no surprise that younger homeowners are looking to move more frequently than those in their 50s and 60s, it seems that the impact of the pandemic has helped to exacerbate this.

Our survey revealed that half of UK homeowners aged 18-24, and one third of those aged 25-34 are planning on moving house in the next 12 months as a direct result of Covid-19.

Staying Put

For those looking to make the most of their existing property, improvements to lighting and outdoor spaces are big considerations:

  • The desire for outdoor spaces has become far greater, with one third of homeowners aged under 45 saying a bigger garden is the feature they would most like to add to their current home.

  • More natural light (15.8%) is more popular than a number of practical additions, such as a home office (13%) or home gym (11.9%).

“This year has been one of frustration and uncertainty for homeowners, with many now feeling the need to make big changes, either by moving out of the city or maximising their existing spaces.” Says Frank Buckley, IDSystems’ CEO “Through the challenges and restrictions people have faced, it is clear that British homeowners are not afraid to make big decisions to ensure their homes are providing the best possible environment for work, study and relaxation."

Wellbeing and natural light

For those looking to make the most of their existing property, improvements to lighting and outdoor spaces are big considerations. The desire for outdoor spaces has become far greater, with one third of homeowners aged under 45 saying a bigger garden is the one feature they would most like to add to their current home.

 

As the seasons change, the need for an outdoor space may reduce slightly, but keeping a connection with nature and the outside world is vitally important for maintaining mental health. This was shown in the results by people choosing ‘more natural light’ (15.8%) over more practical additions, such as a home office (13%) or home gym (11.9%).

With the November lockdown bringing the additional challenges of darker evenings and colder days, natural light is a valuable way to improve wellbeing and make the most of the daylight, even when stuck indoors.

Happy Homes

While many want to make changes, there are a large number of people who are content. When asked which aspect of their home they liked the least, almost a quarter of respondents with a household income between £10,000 and £39,999 (24.4%) had no complaints about their current home. While this number fell to just 8% in the £80,000-£89,999 income bracket - showing that money doesn’t necessarily buy happiness.

When asked what feature they would add to their homes, almost one-in-five (19.8%) Scottish respondents said they would not add anything - with a national average around 10%, this suggests Scots are the most content homeowners in the UK.

Making the most of your space

Whether you are developing your existing space or somewhere new, IDSystems can help to identify the right glazed door system for your needs by collaborating on your extension, renovations or new build plans.

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