1.5 million 'big babies' still have a bedroom at their parents' home

Article date: 2 July 2004

It’s official – Brits are a nation of hoarders whocan’t quite cut their ties with their parents’ homes.New research from Norwich Union equity release conducted by MORIshows:

  • About 1.5 million (16%) 21-55 year olds whose parents live inthe family home say they still have a bedroom there that is thesame as when they grew up - despite having moved out.
  • 8 million (37%) 21-55 year olds who have moved away from theirfamily home say they still have childhood belongings at theirparents’ house.

And this is not just a phenomenon that affects those20-somethings who have recently left home:

  • About 2 million (27%) homeowners aged 35-55 still store theirbelongings (eg: books, toys, school books, records) at theirparents’ home.

However, the extent of our hoarding may be worse than we care toadmit. The research also reveals that over half (54%) of parentsover 55 say that their children still store some of theirbelongings at their house.

Mark Kelly, director of Norwich Union equity release, said: "Theresearch shows that we still place great importance in childhoodmemories and the family home. Even long after we have left thefamily nest, it’s clear that we still have strong connectionsto our parents’ home; having our own bedroom or storingpersonal possessions there is almost our way of saying ‘I canstill call this home’.

"While we are nostalgic about our childhood possessions, wedon’t love them enough to keep them in our own homes, and arehappy to let our parents clutter up their houses with them instead.It’s proof that we never really stop relying on our parentsfor something."

With house prices in the UK at record levels, older people whoare living longer and wanting to enjoy a more fulfilling retirementmay be looking to their houses as a potential source of income.

Mark Kelly added: "There is much talk about the advantages ofdownsizing to a smaller house as a way of releasing this capital,but our research shows that parents and children attach greatimportance to the family home, so moving on may not be the solutionfor everyone. An equity release plan could help homeowners toaccess the capital locked in their property while allowing them toremain in their own home."

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Notes to Editors

Research conducted by MORI, 11 – 25 March 2004. 300 peopleaged 21-55 with parents and 300 people aged over 55 with childrensurveyed in face-to-face interviews. The population figures usedare based on a GB 16+ population of 45.2million people:

*21 to 55 year olds with parents – c.24 millionpeople
35 to 55 year olds with parents: c.12million people

  • Number of 21 to 55 year olds who have moved out of parentshome = 21 million
  • 41% of 21 million say they still have a bedroom at theirparents = 8.6 million
  • 37% of 21 million say they still have belongings at theirparents = 7.8 million
  • 41% say their parents still live in the same family home =c.8.5 million
  • 99% of 35-55 year olds have moved out of parents = c.11.5million
  • 39% of 35-55s who no longer live at home (c.11.5 million)still have a bedroom at their parents house = c.4.5 million
  • 29% of 35-55s who no longer live at home (c.11.5 million)still have belongings at their parents house = c.3.3 million
  • 27% of over 35-55 year olds that are homeowners havebelongings at home = c.2.5 million
  • 16% of 9.9 million of people who still have a bedroom at theirparents say that is exactly the same as when they left home = 1.6million

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