Pandemic Movers Face Surprise Costs and Unexpected Home Projects
This survey of 1,000
When and Where People Moved
Over one-third of respondents (35%) said COVID-19 made them move sooner than planned and 14% were not planning to move at all before the pandemic hit. As far as where they moved, the highest percentage moved into a large single-family home (4+ bedrooms), increasing the percentage in large homes by 25%. Townhomes also saw a boost in popularity, accounting for a 46% increase in residency.
How They Moved
65% of respondents hired movers to help with their move, with two-thirds hiring full-service and the other one-third hiring for part of the move. Of those who did not hire movers, the rational was primarily to save money (46%) and having friends and family available to help (40%).
"Regardless of whether people hired movers or did the work themselves, the majority found the pandemic exacerbated issues like availability of movers, delayed timelines and higher costs," said
Nearly 1 out of 4 skipped a formal inspection before moving in, citing a faster move, confidence they could fix any issues themselves, and a desire to avoid being outbid. Of those who waived inspection, one out of five (20%) called it a terrible mistake.
What They Found
Four out of five respondents (81%) found issues with their new house after moving in, with over 40% finding major issues. The most common post-move issues were cosmetic (40%), followed closely by plumbing/leak issues (38%), electricity/wiring/outlets (36%), and water damage (34%). Plumbing and utilities were also the top two areas with the most surprises and fixes needed (15% and 11%, respectively).
Additionally, nearly everyone (89%) ran into unexpected costs after moving in, primarily due to necessary repairs (38%) or appliance repairs or replacements (37%). Unexpected costs also came up in other areas including cosmetic improvements (36%), utilities bills (35%), security systems (34%), insurance premiums (32%) or structural damage repairs (31%).
What They Learned
When asked if they could go back and tell themselves one thing to improve the moving process, they responded:
- Do a home inspection – 17%
- Hire movers – 16%
- Budget more - It will be more expensive than you think – 16%
- Ask more questions – 16%
"Moving is a major investment and it will save time, money and stress to plan ahead. Add a cushion to your budget, ask plenty of questions, and book pros in advance," Micetich added. "These steps will all make the moving process smoother and help minimize unexpected costs and projects."
Read the full survey results online at https://www.angi.com/articles/moving-statistics.
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