- 21% of Californians admit they are bored of their hometown following lockdowns.
- Over one third of city dwellers in California want to move out to the suburbs for more space.
- Interactive map included.
What has become clear to many Americans since the start of the pandemic is that a lack of space, such as access to a garden, has been hard to live with, and many of us have been reassessing our priorities going forward. The survey also revealed that 36% of city dwellers in the Golden State now want to move out to the suburbs, or the country. Indeed, further out from the city, you’re more likely to get more for your money, in terms of house size, as well as outdoor space, and with more of us now able to work remotely, it makes more sense. In fact, it has been widely reported that home searches in suburban zip codes have already increased.
View the results across America with this interactive map
And it’s not just about wanting that extra outside room to breathe or relax for ourselves or our family; more than three-quarters of pet owners say the experience of lockdown would definitely encourage them to look for a more pet-friendly home, where their furry friends could run around without having to be taken for a walk so often...
However, there is also a saying: ‘Don’t move, improve’, and for those who are content to stay where they are, almost 1 in 5 homeowners have realized that lockdown has made them want to extend their home in some way. And nearly half (46%) said they attempted other DIY projects around the house during lockdown.
In general, 39% of respondents say if they decide to move homes now, the biggest priority would be more outdoor space. This was followed by nearly a third (30%) saying their biggest need would be for high speed broadband - essential when you consider how many people are working from home due to the pandemic. 20% of people would want a larger kitchen, and 11% say their priority would be a study to work in during the day. And it seems some of us are keen to get the ball rolling; nearly 1 in 5 (16%) said they did some virtual house hunting during lockdown.
‘The pandemic has made a lot of us look at things differently,’ says Alexander Brown from Unclutterer.com. ‘Moving home is a big undertaking but worth it for the benefits you get if you choose more space and a more relaxed pace of life. Packing up a household can be hard, but it’s a good opportunity to get rid of all the things you don’t need any more, and organizing your new space.’