Houses becoming hotels
Posted: 12 Apr 2006 11:01:54 GMT
A new report has found that houses in the UK are increasingly being treated like hotels, with many people returning only to sleep.
With 33 per cent of Brits now working longer than average hours and 14 per cent spending between 90 minutes and four hours commuting each day, it is perhaps unsurprising that growing numbers are finding it difficult to spend time relaxing indoors.
Research from More Than in fact shows that more than two thirds now don't have time to cook a meal each evening, with many ordering food or picking up a takeaway.
It is a trend, however, that many are looking to resist and it seems unlikely that the famous British pride over the home will diminish in the near future.
Throughout Europe and across the world, Brits and the English in particular are known for a love of well-kept homes, while the old saying that an Englishman's home is his castle remains relevant in most cases.
A measure of this passion for homeownership is perhaps the fact that there is an almost unparalleled concern over the plight of first-time buyers in the UK.
With house prices rising, however, many are desperate to make savings, not least be cutting out the middleman in the form of the estate agent.
Buying a house privately online has become a popular way of achieving this and while those caught in the rat race may only pop in and out of their homes, millions more remain desperate to find the perfect home at the perfect price.