What do people do first after moving into a new home?

What do people do first after moving into a new home?

By Nicu Calcea

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We asked over 2,000 people, both existing homeowners and first-time buyers, to find out.

Moving into your first property can be a long, complex and emotional process. For some, it can take a while to finally settle into their new home.

According to a recent Zoopla survey, the majority of people need from one week to a month after they’ve moved in to feel like they’re in a place they can call home:

How long does it take for you to feel like home in a new place?

What makes a house a home?

For one in five people (22%), it’s returning from work and for another one in four (26%) it's decorating that makes it feel like they belong in their new pad.

Given the importance of decorating, it comes as a surprise that artwork and decorations are some of the last things people buy after they move in.

Only one in 50 people in our survey (2%) bought decorations on the same day they moved in. Instead, most people spent their first day shopping for beds, mattresses and kitchen utensils:

When did you buy these items if you didn't already have them?

First things first

When it comes to settling into their new homes, people divide their time between the practical and the fun.

More than a third of respondents (37%) gave their property a deep clean on the day they moved in, while a fifth (19%) decided to set up council tax and utilities. Impressive organisational skills.

However, it’s not all work and no play. One in five respondents (20%) skipped cooking and ordered takeaway on their first day and another one in four (25%) got intimate with their partners:

What do people do on move-in day?

Interested in getting on the property ladder?

Buying a home is more than buying bricks and mortar. No matter why you're buying, we've got you covered.

To help people get on the ladder we have introduced the Zooploma; a series of guides and information designed to help first-time buyers navigate the complexities of getting on the property ladder.

Top 3 takeaways

  • Most people start feeling at home within a month of moving in
  • Mattresses, beds and kitchen utensils are among the first things people buy after moving in
  • Cleaning, getting intimate with their partner and ordering a takeaway are among the first things people do in their new homes

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