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What People Love and Hate About Their Home

From the paint colors to the layout and location, a person’s home can significantly impact his or her mental health, according to a new survey from Sears Home Services of more than 1,000 consumers. The survey found that the following property attributes contribute most to a person’s satisfaction with his or her home:

  • Security and safety: 54.4%

  • Location: 52.7%

  • A section of the home dedicated to relaxation: 51.4%

  • Privacy: 49.3%

  • Size: 46.4%

  • Living situation (housemates): 45%

  • Outdoor space (garden, balcony, etc.): 43%

© Sears Home Services On the other hand, respondents indicated the following features contribute most to dissatisfaction with a home, according to the Sears Home Services survey:

  • Noise level: 26.7%

  • Size: 24.9%

  • Proximity to neighbors/other homes: 22.8%

  • Pests: 21.6%

  • Design choices: 21.6%

  • Lack of privacy: 20%

  • Lack of outdoor space: 20%

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Source: Realtor Magazine and “A Happy Home: Identifying the Factors That Influence Home Satisfaction,” Sears Home Services (2021)

"Copyright NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Reprinted with permission."

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