A survey released today by the South West British Heart Foundation (BHF) Furniture & Electrical Stores reveals that the average person from the South West will move house six times during their lifetime, with many paying to get rid of unwanted household possessions and sofas (23%), beds (18%) and wardrobes (16%), being amongst the top three items to dispose of.
The survey also reveals that despite the recession, more than a quarter of people from the South West (28%) are moving house to upsize to a bigger property. The economic climate isn’t holding people back from kitting out their new home either, with 91% of people from the South West buying new items including sofas (51%), beds (38%) and chests of drawers (38%), which are the top three purchases.
Worryingly, the survey also revealed that there seems to be a lack of awareness when it comes to recycling unwanted household items, with over a third (34%) of people from the South West confessing to being unaware that charity shops accept furniture and electrical items.
These findings, alongside a recent report by waste prevention firm WRAP UK, highlight that nearly half (40%) of all bulky household waste items could be re-used, illustrating a lack of awareness when it comes to recycling.
Regional Manager for the South West, Anita Riddle, said: “It is worrying to see that people from the South West are paying on average nearly £90 to get rid of unwanted household items, when so many are perfectly re-usable.”
“In light of this, I’d like to encourage the people of the South West to use the South West’s BHF Furniture & Electrical Stores’ free collection service for unwanted household goods, which can even be booked online! We are constantly in need of stock and are calling on you to donate anything from wardrobes to washing machines and sofas to stereos. Not only do our services promote reuse, it also helps us continue our life saving work into the fight against heart disease with every donation making a real difference.”
6% revealed that they were moving back into the family home
Three quarters of people questioned (75%) said that moving house was a stressful time for them.
Many house movers are money conscious and 25% admit that they’ve put off the moving process to avoid spending money
The BHF Furniture & Electrical Stores are the UK’s largest charity home retailer, offering a huge range of goods such as sofas, beds, fridges, TV’s, microwaves and kettles. To arrange a free collection, call 0844 412 5000 or book online at bhf.org.uk/collection