Americans under high stress when it comes to moving, survey says

Published: Jul. 8, 2014 at 2:14 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 9, 2014 at 10:35 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's not news that the summer is the most popular time to move, according to a survey by Our Town America.

But here are some things that may surprise you:

When asked what are the most stressful moments of a move, people worry about how they're going to get the couch through the door and find that they are constantly needing more tape.

More than 70 percent of respondents say the top payment for a friend to help them move is pizza and 54 percent say a six-pack-of-beer. According to the survey, pizza and beer reigns over cash when it comes to moving.

Almost half of respondents say moving is one of the worst favors a friend can ask them. Moving ranks third under lending a friend money and babysitting their child as the worst favors a friend can ask of them.

According to the survey, over half of the respondents say they will make up an excuse to get out of having to help a friend move.

And 43 percent of people say the most aggravating thing about moving is finding boxes.

Three-fourths of respondents say they have "accidentally lost" their significant other's belongings in a move.

Nearly 90 percent of survey participants say a housewarming gift would make them feel more comfortable in their new home but 49 percent have never given a new neighbor a housewarming gift.

The survey was commissioned by Our Town America which has been providing new movers with traditional hospitality by mailing housewarming gifts from local neighborhood businesses in a premium welcoming package for more than 40 years.

Survey respondents were over the age of 30, have moved in the past five years, half of them have moved out of state before, and 69 percent are married.

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