Forgetful Britons are leaving behind a small fortune in possessions when moving home.
Almost £500 million-worth of items are left behind – from supposedly treasured photographs to mugs and glasses – adding up to about £138 each.
One in four people admit leaving stuff behind during the last-minute rush to move – and 12% say they only realise something of sentimental value has been forgotten or broken as they unpack at the other end.
The study, commissioned by eBay to mark their ‘Home Move’ online hub, also revealed that just one in four homeowners use a ‘Caretaker’ approach when packing up their home, filling boxes and planning meticulously to make sure the move goes smoothly.
One in eight (12%) admitted to falling into the role of ‘Packing Procrastinator’, putting off the process for as long as possible.
A fifth start planning their house move at least six months in advance, and a similar proportion pack their first box a full month ahead of moving day.
“Moving home is a hassle, and squeezing your life into a stack of cardboard boxes can feel like a monumental task at times,” said a spokesperson for eBay.
An impulsive one in eight courts disaster and delays until the week of the move before knocking the process into gear.
When it comes to enlisting help with the move. 49% ask their partner to assist, and 27% choose Mum first, just ahead of the quarter of homeowners who favour Dad.
Men are most likely to kick off ‘The Big Pack’ by boxing up the bedroom, while women pack up the spare room first.
Most people believe the kitchen is most difficult to pack from a practical perspective, which explains why 41% choose to leave it until the last minute.