27 Jul

Settling into new home takes time

Settling into new home takes time

It takes the average property mover nearly a year to settle into their new home, according to the latest research.

A survey by London removals and storage firm Kiwi Movers, found 51 per cent of movers still have unpacking to complete despite relocating 304 days earlier.

Many admitted the lack of unpacking had caused them stress, with the majority revealing they are unlikely to unpack little-used kitchen gadgets such as sandwich toasters and cocktail shakers.

This is in contrast to those items that are quickly unboxed and regarded as essential - such as phone chargers and kettles.
 
Many people blamed the need to decorate as the main reason why they had failed to unpack completely.

Overall, 18 per cent of movers said it took them between 12 and 18 months to get everything organised how they wanted and seven per cent revealed they still had items in boxes despite moving two years ago.

However, some people were very efficient, with three per cent claiming to be fully unpacked within 24 hours and seven per cent saying it took around a week.

Regan McMillan, director of Kiwi Movers, said: "If a quarter of people are saying they've got boxes they never unpacked since their last move, you’ve got to wonder if they really need what's inside.

"We recommend having a thorough de-clutter prior to moving house so you don’t end up paying to move, then storing or living among items they don’t actually need. In most cases, if you haven't used it in the last six months, you can most likely do without it."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801795472-ADNFCR

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