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Friday 13 April 2018

When it comes to moving home, there are a number of reasons to relocate - a new job, a growing family perhaps, but what about nightmarish neighbours?

Research from the AA Financial Services, which surveyed more than 2,100 people across Britain, examined why Brits were choosing to move over the next 6 months.

The research reveled that whilst there are a wide range of lifestyle factors that determine when people decide to move house, the three biggest reasons driving people’s decisions to sell up were changing jobs (17 per cent), preparing for a family (12 per cent) and probably most surprisingly, disliking their neighbours (12 per cent).

And, who has the biggest problems with their nextdoor neighbours? Well according to the research it is women. Women were almost twice as likely than men to move because of their neighbours (15 per cent compared to nine per cent retrospectively) – in fact this issue came top, ahead of work reasons.

Older residents were also twice as likely to be bothered by their neighbours than their younger counterparts. 17 per cent of over 45's cited hellish neighbours as a factor, compared with just eight per cent of under 35's.

By region, twice as many movers in the North are doing so because of their neighbours (14 per cent) as those in the South (seven per cent).

The research found that one in eight Brits (13 per cent) are looking to move house in the next 12 months, with a quarter (24 per cent) within the next two years, with 46 per cent intending to buy and 42 per cent renting. For those looking to move right now (in the next 3 months), it was the number one issue. Nearly one in five (19 per cent) of these movers is looking for an area with new neighbours. By contrast, those with a longer timescale are less bothered by this – 11 per cent won’t miss their neighbours here. 

David Searle, Financial Services Director at the AA, commented:

“Our research suggests that one in eight of us (13 per cent) are looking to move in the next year, and almost one in five (23 per cent) in the next two. The cogs and wheels of the UK’s property market are continuing to turn, and there is every reason to think that it will continue to be an obsession for many Brits.

“While the focus is often on house prices, returns and investments, when we look at moving house through the eyes of people who are currently in the process of doing so we see that real life comes first. Jobs, family, happiness and even neighbours are at the forefront of peoples’ minds, with making a pretty penny a secondary issue.”