As we know, moving home is a long and sometimes complicated process. You might think that once 'moving day' is over the process is complete, but that's not the case, according to a recent study.
Interiors firm Hillarys says it takes the average home mover a whopping two years and three months to completely unpack all their belongings after moving.
Of the 2,000 adults surveyed, one in ten said they 'never' unpack all of their possessions after moving between homes.
It may come as no surprise that the majority of movers (76%) kept their unpacked boxes in a spare room before finally dealing with them.
The items which spend the most time packed away are vases and ornaments, followed by clothing, crockery, keepsakes and artwork.
Playing to the stereotype that moving is a stressful experience, almost two thirds of those surveyed said they had fallen out with their partner at one point during the relocation process.
Meanwhile, 51% admitted to having heated exchanges with family members and 35% said they considered pulling out of the move altogether.
It may seem like a small consideration but unpacking everything can actually help you to relax into your new property and feel at home sooner.
If the majority of your possessions are packed away in boxes, you're more likely to forget what you do have and start buying replacements of things you don't need.
After the costly process of moving home, you'll want to keep unnecessary spending to a minimum.
It's well-documented that moving gives people the chance to de-clutter and get rid of things they don't need. Well, this process is continued when you unpack.
You may realise that some items – which only just made the cut when packing up – are not needed in your new abode and so you can either chuck them, sell them or donate them to charity.
“After a move, you might feel too exhausted to properly unpack and it can be tempting to hide the boxes away so they’re out of sight and out of mind,” says Tara Hall of Hillarys.
“Living out of boxes is never a good idea,” she says. “You’ll be surrounded by stressful reminders you still have work to do.”
Hall advises movers to take a short break after moving in before aiming to have everything unpacked in the not too distant future.
Two years is an awfully long time to leave your belongings packed away and the sooner your new property feels like the home you envisaged when buying, the better.
To help buyers and sellers prepare for the big day, we recently explored a removal firm's top alternative moving tips – which you can read here.