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Three out of four UK residents are happy with their homes 

Out of 10 European countries, the UK ranked fourth for home satisfaction, according to a recent study.

The GoodHome Report, undertaken by The Happiness Research Institute and Kingfisher, looked at the impact of homes on people’s overall happiness. The report included a survey of 13,489 residents across 10 European countries, in addition to 78 interviews. From September 2018 to February 2019, more than 2,000 UK residents were surveyed and 15 were interviewed in-depth.

The survey results revealed people’s homes are one of the main factors in overall happiness, beating out income and employment. Additionally, the report showed size, location, and home ownership have less of an impact on happiness than expected.

Access to green space is universally important

Location is often harped on as the most important aspect of a home. However, regardless of living in the city or countryside, having access to some kind of green space is universally important. Whether it’s a private garden or communal space, there are many psychological benefits that come from living with access to green space.

Despite urban expansion in UK cities, there are still numerous green pockets even in some of the nation’s most densely populated cities. With a variety of parks, gardens, and play areas, Nottingham, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Manchester are the leafiest cities outside of London. Leafy neighbourhoods in these regional cities offer psychological benefits to their residents that city dwellers can’t always get.

Renters can be just as happy as homeowners

According to The GoodHome Report, homeowning isn’t one of the most important conditions to feel happy in a home. Renters can be just as happy. However, it’s important tenants feel they have some control over their rental, especially when it comes to home improvements and tenure. As the UK is set to become a nation of renters, it will be ever important for landlords and investors to keep in mind what amenities and qualities tenants prioritise in rental properties and tenures.

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