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North East home movers settle in quickest

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19/02/2015
New homeowners in the North East of England settle in faster than anywhere else in the country, according to research by the AA.

The insurance firm found those living in the North East take four months before they feel at home in a new property, the lowest in the country.

By comparison, movers in Wales take an average of seven months before they can call their new property ‘home’.

Across the country, one-in-seven said they knew before entering a property for a first viewing whether it was right for them.

A further 16% of those surveyed said they reserved judgement until they had seen a room inside the property with 60% waiting until they’d had a full viewing.

Helen Brooker, head of AA home membership said people who relied on their gut instinct often settled into a property quicker.

“A lot of people will rely on their gut instinct when looking for a new place to live, and do often go with that instead of weighing up the pros and cons of a particular property,” she said.

“If you have a hunch that you won’t like living in a particular place it can be a very difficult feeling to shift.”

Under 35s were noted as the group that took longest to settle into a new property, with 13% still describing their parents’ house as ‘home’. The survey found under 35s took an average of six-and-a-half months to get settled after a house move.

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