More than two-thirds of people say it takes over a week for a property they have just moved into to feel like home, a survey has found.
Some 68% of people feel this way, while 39% take longer than a month to feel at home, according to Zoopla, which questioned more than 2,000 people across Britain.
More than a third (37%) of people deep clean their property on the first day of moving in, while a fifth (20%) celebrate with a takeaway, the poll revealed.
One in 14 (7%) get stuck into making home improvements.
Richard Houston, consumer spokesman at Zoopla, which has guides to help first-time buyers, said: “We think the home is a deeply meaningful place.”
Here are the factors that make a property feel like home, according to the Zoopla survey, with the percentages of people surveyed who chose them:
1. Decorating your new home, 26%
2. Returning to your home after a day at work, 22%
3. Unpacking everything, 14%
4. Waking up after the first night, 13%
5. Having friends and family visit, 8%
=6. Making your first meal from scratch, 3%
=6. Having a beer or a glass of wine, 3%
=8. Getting a pet, 2%
=8. The first cup of tea, 2%
10. Buying plants, 1%