Women take charge of packing more than men when moving house

Alex Johnson

New research from reveals that while moving home is a joint decision for 50% of couples (suggesting that it’s not for the other 50%?), more than half of women (54%) are in charge of the packing during a house move, compared with 39% of men (though the man of the house is more likely to organise the removal company to transport all the boxes…).

Where Australians live in London
Research from London rental website Rentonomy shows that the number of Australian Londoners is 131% higher than in 1991. Director of Research David Butler said: “According to the 2011 census there are over 54,000 Australian-born Londoners, equivalent to the entire population of Forest Gate, E7. The area with the largest Aussie population is Fulham, SW6. Further analysis shows that rents paid by Australians are generally 16% above the London average and only people born in the USA and France pay more. By way of international comparison, average rents in the 20 most expensive postcodes in London are approximately 24% higher than the 20 most expensive in Sydney, but this appears to be no deterrent for those seeking opportunities in the ‘old country’.”

Demand for housing in London will outstrip supply by 48% over the next decade
Despite a substantial increase in new residential development activity in many areas of London, Knight Frank predict that supply will still fail to keep up with demand between now and 2022. Gráinne Gilmore, Knight Frank head of UK Residential Research, said: “The overall trend for development in London shows that demand for housing in the capital will continue to outstrip supply by quite some margin. There is widespread recognition of the housing shortage in the capital, with the Mayor pushing hard to encourage higher levels of development. While it is impossible for us to second-guess developers about when they will bring schemes forward, our judgements on schemes within the planning pipeline show that overall delivery will not match demand.”

Drunken DIY
According to figures from Direct Line home insurance, 3.3 million people admit to have undertaken DIY or home improvements despite having consumed two or more alcoholic drinks, which would take many people over the legal driving limit. The highest percentage of drunken DIY-ers are in the 18-34 bracket, with 10 per cent confessing to ‘inebriated improvements’.

The Drunken DIY table

Position Region % of people who have undertaken DIY after consuming alcohol
1 London 14%
2 South West 9%
3 West Midlands 7%
4 East Midlands 7%
5 South East 6%
6 Yorkshire & Humberside 6%
7 Scotland 6%
8 North West 5%
9 East of England 4%
10 Wales 4%

Paul Braithwaite, home insurance claims manager at Direct Line, said: “Home improvements can often mean using heavy machinery, sharp tools or even hazardous liquids. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a few drinks at home, but DIY while over the limit is an unnecessary risk. Not only are people more likely to injure themselves, but the probability of making a costly mistake is also much higher. Home improvements can be tricky at the best of times, which is why a clear head, plenty of time and a big dose of patience are an absolute must.”

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  • Jennette Cronk

    Don’t drink and drill! Can’t say I haven’t been driven to drink by a project here and there. Painting is hard. Painting is harder when your spouse is involved. Beer makes it so much better…

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