Are Your Neighbors Copycats?

January 15, 2020

Seventy percent of homeowners admit that they’ve copied their next-door neighbor’s decor. The most common similarity was to their neighbor’s indoor furniture, according to a new international survey from the U.K. of 2,275 homeowners from My Job Quote, a job network resource.

And while imitation can be the sincerest form of flattery, most homeowners say—65%--say that they’re uncomfortable when they learn a neighbor has copied them. Yet, when homeowners were asked whether they’ve ever imitated aspects of their neighbor’s house, 70% admit yes.

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When homeowners really ponder the idea of being imitated, their emotions are fairly mixed. The most common reactions among respondents: 44% feel somewhat flattered; 39% feel angry and annoyed; 27% feel pressured; 21% inspired; 19% anxious; and 17% happy or pleased.

Neighbors can feel competitive with one another. Indeed, for those who admit imitating their neighbor, 28% say they do so because they feel the need to compete with surrounding properties.