Why Are People Moving?

At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say we speak with many people engaging the housing market. We like to help people, and it is easier to help people when we know what they are looking for.

This is why we are always keen to speak with people and find out why they are moving. This information is invaluable, and it provides us with a great deal of help in assisting buyers and vendors.

We also pay attention to the latest studies in the industry. A lot of people have moved home recently, and there have been many influencing factors. If you want to be informed as to why people are moving home, contact Williams of Petersfield and we will be happy to help.

The pandemic has changed life for many people

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.

We are here to help you

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.”

At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.


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