Some three million (6%) confess to snooping around inside their neighbour’s home when asked to check on it while the neighbour was away.
Another 1.5 million (3%) people also confessed to keeping up with the Joneses – renovating or extending their home purely because their neighbours had decided to do so.
The research also revealed some green-eyed property tendencies; 11% of the property owners surveyed said they would consider having their property re-valued if they discovered their neighbour’s property was worth more than theirs and 6% would look to extend or redecorate to help ensure their home was worth the same or more. A sneaky 3% even said they would attempt to secure a friendly invitation into their neighbour’s home in order to find out why it was worth more than their own.
Samantha Baden, property analyst at FindaProperty.com, said: "This research confirms that we are a nation of nosey neighbours, but this is actually a good thing. Regardless of whether you’re looking to buy, sell or just browse for your dream home, gathering as much information about your local property market and home values is crucial.
"There are so many opportunities for homeowners to add value to their property, both inside and out, so there’s nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from neighbouring homes.
"While there’s no doubt that people in the UK have a love affair with all things property, the market can still be unpredictable, so it’s vital that those looking to buy or sell do their homework first."
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