Moving to a new house can be incredibly daunting, costly, but most of all, stressful. In fact, 2/3 people consider ‘moving home’ more stressful than a divorce, relationship breakdown, or starting a new job. But with so many Brits - 370,000 in fact - moving house right now, there must be some positives, right?
To highlight the positives of moving house, Protection Supplies have uncovered the unexpected benefits of relocating:
1. You're More Likely to Stick to New Year's Resolutions
Researchers at the University of Bath have uncovered that moving to a new house can help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. They discovered that bad habits can be amended when you change the factors around the habit - which includes moving to a new location. Labelled as the ‘discontinuity effect’, the researchers also took into account the participant's habit strength, intentions and perceived norms. Regardless, the outcome revealed that those who had recently moved were more likely to stick to their personal goals, making January the perfect time to make the big move.
2. Moving Gives You a Better Memory
Researchers from the University of New Hampshire have uncovered the positive impact that moving house has on the brain. The study asked those over 65-year old to recall five memorable experiences they had when they were between 40 and 60 years old and a house move during that period. Amazingly, 65% of participants could deliver all this information. And a huge 26% of those memorable events fell around the time of their house moves. The researchers discovered that due to moving house being such a significant reference point, it seems to provide a setting for other memories. Revealing that relocating and the events around it could be the most memorable times of our lives – dubbed the ‘relocation bump’.
3. Makes You Less Materialistic
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Want to be a minimalist? Just relocate. Studies have uncovered that the more you move house, the fewer possessions you’re likely to have. They noted that if you move around a lot you “develop attitudes of disposability toward objects, furniture, books, devices -- basically whatever merchandise you have at home, your car even." Thinking about all those clothes you never wear but you’re still holding onto? It turns out you might just need a house move.
Parenting blogger, Mama Nosh, has switched to a more minimalistic lifestyle after downsizing. “We downsized our home recently from 120 sqm to 60 sqm and sold a lot of furniture, clothes and toys. The move was triggered by our landlords serving notice, but the stressful event actually turned out to be positive. Due to downsizing, the children really appreciate the few toys they have, and for me, it feels like I actually have something to wear (after reducing my clothes to about a quarter of what they used to be”
4. Helps You Pick up Greener Habits
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According to Cardiff University, you’re more likely to use a greener mode of transport after a house move. The study analysed data from over 18,000 UK residents and found they were substantially less likely to commute by a car, once they had moved home. Researchers have linked this change in attitude to increased research of travel and the environment, with 87% of UK households reporting travel issues as a consideration when moving home.
5. You Make New Friends
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Every year, roughly 4-5% of the population moves to a different city or county in the UK. A new area is a perfect time to make new friends for you or even your children, especially considering it’s hard to make friends as we grow older. As soon as you turn 25 to be precise. An analysis of a massive 177,000 people found that once you reach this milestone, you’re likely to lose a friend in each decade of your life. The stats might be somewhat depressing, but don’t despair. Relocating to new surroundings can help to overcome this hurdle. A new job or even a new gym can open many opportunities for meeting new people when you move. Carly Thompsett, owner of Anaphase Media moved from south central UK to Cardiff “in search of a better lifestyle and change of scenery.” She has no regrets on the matter because “moving around helps build your character and confidence as you have to meet people to make friends.”
6. Double Your Profit
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If you’re moving to an entirely new city you could have the benefit of receiving a better salary from a new job. But, if you’re keeping your job and moving to a new house you also have the chance to make a profit from your house sale. According to data from last year, homeowners on average made a whopping £92,000 profit. Astoundingly, 20% also doubled their money. With the number of people moving home in the UK at its highest rate since 2007, it’s not hard to see why.
Ruth Walker, a Senior PR and Outreach Manager from Newcastle, believes moving across the country for a better job or lifestyle “may seem extreme but it's one of the best things I've ever done. You don't know unless you try.”