So, how many Brits have overcome these hurdles and actually moved or extended in the past decade?
With 21% of the country considering moving to a new house, and 13% pondering the pros and cons of extending, that means nearly 5 million homeowners2 have moving or extending on the mind.
Those in a relationship are much more likely to move than extend, with 34% considering packing up for pastures new, and with fewer than 10% considering extending instead.
Younger people seem to be moving more often, with over a quarter of those aged 18 to 24 moving in the last year, and 22% of those aged 25 to 34 in the last two years. The older generations are staying put in larger numbers – as well as nearly 70% of over 55s not having moved in the last decade, 6% have never moved house at all!
East Anglians seem to be the most settled by some margin, with three in five not having moved in the last decade. The Welsh are also sticking with their properties, with nearly half having stayed put over the last 10 years.
But that doesn’t mean the Welsh are opting to extend instead, as they are the most extend-averse in the country with less than a quarter having ever extended their house.
In fact, the majority of Brits have never extended their property – 57% have never added to their property, despite the potential for extra space and value. However, Londoners seem more inclined to extend, with near 70% of London home-owners having extended their house at some point.