The bulk of the change is related to remote work.
What happened? According to the latest poll by the insurance company Línea Directa Aseguradora, 7.3% of respondents, or 1.3 million Spanish households, admit to having moved from their home after being forced to “incarcerate” in March and April. Among the reasons – the desire for more space (27%), a garden or terrace (22%) and nature nearby (18%), according to the real estate portal Idealista. Therefore, it is not surprising that, for example, Madrid residents are moving en masse to the hinterland.
Meanwhile, 42% of Spaniards recently said they plan to move to another home in the next five years.
Who moved? Among the autonomous communities: the residents of the Balearic Islands (11%) most often wanted to change their homes, followed by residents of Andalusia (10.8%) and Extremadura (10.4%). The least migrants were residents of Madrid (3.4%), Castile-Leon (3.8%) and the Basque Country (4%).
- 3.9 million Spanish households (21%) decided to stay in place but change their existing home. Namely, to expand a balcony or terrace (23%), equip a workplace (20%), remodel the bathroom, kitchen and living rooms (59%), and improve thermal insulation (25%). 17.3% have already changed their home, but not globally: rearranged furniture (65.1%), purchased tables for remote work (31.4%) or other interior items (26.5%).
- The largest group of nonconformists who decided to change their home is the youth. When gender is considered, men prefer to move and women prefer to change décor.
- The analysis shows that teleworking has become one of the most significant factors influencing the Spanish perception of home in 2020. 42% of respondents said they returned to offline work, 18% either switched to online or use a mixed version. But ideally only 30% of Spaniards would like to work in a team, 24% prefer a mixed model, and 21% want to work remotely.
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