Feeling at home during the lockdown
How do you feel about your home after spending an extended period of time here during lockdown?
New research suggests that nearly a third of us feel an increased sense of pride in our homes, when compared to before the start of lockdown.
A further third feel a greater sense of community with their neighbours; no doubt prompted by the weekly Thursday evening clap for carers, keeping an eye on vulnerable and elderly neighbours, and the VE Street Parties.
People living in detached houses feel the greater increase in community ties, with 43% saying the lockdown has brought them closer to their neighbours.
This increased sense of community connectivity was followed by people living in semi-detached houses, bungalows, terraced houses, and flats or apartments.
People aged 55 and over are mostly likely to notice an improved sense of community.
Despite two-thirds of people living through the lockdown without a dedicated space to work or study, there’s a positive trend towards feeling greater pride in our homes.
Lots of people also live with minimal or no private outdoor space, with 8% getting through lockdown without an outside space or garden.
A further 14% either share a garden or outdoor space or have a balcony or terrace.
Almost a fifth of Brits surveyed for Halifax, in partnership with YouGov, are seeing out lockdown in a flat, and a further fifth in a terraced house.
In addition, while many are waiting out lockdown in a property with 3 bedrooms, almost a tenth only has one bedroom.
A further 6% are living in a property with a spacious five bedrooms or more.
Despite the challenges presented by staying home during the lockdown, 71% of those surveyed said they have no plans to move home in the immediate future.
Of the small number of homeowners who are thinking about moving home after the lockdown, but have since reconsidered, the most common reason is a change in financial circumstances.
More than a fifth of people who have reconsidered a house move say they have fallen back in love with their homes during the lockdown.
For those who are proceeding with a house move as soon as possible, the main motivation is needing more space.
Other reasons for wanting to move house include seeing faults in their current property after spending so much time at home.
The biggest factors when looking for a new property are indoor and outdoor space, and moving to a less populated part of the country.
Russell Galley, Managing Director, Halifax, said:
Lockdown will have been a difficult time for many, particularly for the 1 in 10 who don’t have access to outdoor space.
However, it’s cheering to see that almost a third of people feel more positive about their home following lockdown, and a greater sense of community with their neighbours, a testament to our ability to keep optimistic, and come together, in the face of challenging circumstances.