Brits are bored in their homes just 12 months after moving in, a study finds

More than four in 10 renters and homeowners are feeling bored in their area after just a year – and a quarter say the lockdown has made this worse

Almost one in ten adults feels the urge to redecorate their surroundings every four weeks
Almost one in ten adults feels the urge to redecorate their surroundings every four weeks

According to a study, it takes just over 12 months to feel bored in your home after you move in.

A study of 2,000 homeowners and renters found that 41% of those around them were tired, on average, just a year after handing over the keys.

Almost half (48%) of 18-24 year olds were fed up with their home after just two months – compared to one in ten (12%) of those aged 65 and over.

Decoration, furnishings and location were the main reasons for this boredom, but furniture and appliances also appeared on the list.

But surprisingly, one in five (21%) reported being sick from everything around their home.

Almost a third are fed up with problems like dampness or condensation on windows


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A quarter of those who felt bored blamed the lockdown for spending so long in one place all day.

One in three attributed this to a lack of space, while 31% were fed up with issues like damp, creaking floorboards and condensation on the windows.

And 21% of those who agreed they were bored said it was because they didn’t like their neighbors.

Almost every tenth adult would like to redecorate their surroundings every four weeks because of homesickness.

And the average adult typically spends £36 a month on home furnishings – with 2% claiming to spend over £500 a month.

Ryan Prince, CEO and founder of apartment rental brand UNCLE, which commissioned the survey, said: “It’s no surprise that it takes so long to get bored of the house you live in.

“If you stay in one place for so long, you quickly tire of the same thing.

“Triggers to this boredom can be so many, from the location of the property to the furnishings to the decoration – and even the neighbors’ dogs barking through the walls can cause anxiety.

“It’s so important to have a retreat within the space you live in, not only for your well-being but also to reduce the chances of getting bored where you live.”

More than a third prefer to rent because of the flexibility


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The study also found that 58% of those experiencing domestic boredom were trying to overcome it, with only three in 10 (29%) trying to find a new place to live.

Others repainted the walls (41%), bought new furniture (35%) or changed their garden (29%).

More than a fifth (22%) of those who rent their homes are afraid to commit to buying a home if they get bored.

But 37% simply enjoy the flexibility that renting gives them, according to the OnePoll study.

Mr Prince added: “I see flexibility as the key to a happy life. Being able to move and live in different places that suit your lifestyle is really important for millions of people.

“One benefit of living at UNCLE that we are proud of is our ‘Sleep Around’ offering.

“Should an apartment become vacant in another building or on another floor of the current building you live in, our residents can apply for a transfer.”

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