Thursday, October 5, 2023 According to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, one in ten people in Switzerland moves every year. And 45 percent of the Swiss population is currently considering a move, shows the representative study "A home for life? Findings on the relocation behavior of the Swiss population". For the study, a total of 1094 people in German-speaking and French-speaking Switzerland were asked about their relocation behavior in spring 2023. "There are various reasons for the high propensity to move," says co-project leader Selina Lehner of the ZHAW School of Management and Law. "One central motive is simple and conclusive: More living space."
Family planning is reason for increased search53 percent of those willing to move want to increase their living space. Frequently, starting or expanding a family is the most important trigger for a move. "Around half of 18- to 29-year-olds with a desire to have children or with children are moving because of this," explains the ZHAW researcher. The desire to own a home also plays a central role. Currently, 75 percent of those willing to move live in a rented property. After a move, only 48 percent would like to be tenants. The purchase of a single-family home is of particular importance here.
The departure of children and retirement are also cited as triggers for moving. Nevertheless, the willingness to move decreases with increasing age. It turns out that only 17 percent of the surveyed owners who are willing to move dare to take the step from home ownership to renting. One possible explanation offered by the project manager: "People who own their own home want to keep it. The majority of respondents find it difficult to part with what they already have, even though they recognize that their housing needs have changed," says Selina Lehner.