Do Smaller Homes Spark More Arguments?
April 30, 2020
The smaller the home, the bigger the arguments, according to a new survey of American and British households.
QS Supplies, a bathroom retailer based in the U.K., surveyed 791 Americans and 507 Britons to determine living arrangement satisfaction with a romantic partner. Among their findings: Certain home sizes may make some relationships more difficult.
Households sharing less than 538 square feet fought an average of 4.8 times every month—more than once a week. Arguments tended to center around the home, too, according to the survey. Consumers complained about chores not being done, cleaning habits, and paying the bills.
Surprisingly, those with less than 538 square feet of shared space (converted to 50 square meters in the study) also were more likely to fight about not spending enough time together, the study finds.
As more homeowners are hunkered down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some housing experts have predicted that larger homes could grow in demand. Small-space fatigue may be setting in. A recent survey from realtor.com® and Toluna Insights shows that consumers say their “must have” features in their next home after sheltering in place would be to find a home with greater space and an outdoor area.
Updated: July 10, 2020