19th January 2016

Gym equipment, road signage and scatter cushions among the possessions sharers ‘grin and bear’ when moving in together

Almost half (43 per cent) of Brits say a partner or friend has brought a possession into a shared home they did not like, according to a survey of 2,000 people by insurance provider Endsleigh.

Women are more frustrated than men, with 45 per cent of females unhappy with an item brought into a shared home, compared to just 37 per cent of men, implying that women are perhaps the harder sex to share with.

The most common complaint from men was women bringing furniture items into the shared home, whereas for women it was pictures and photos or artwork for the walls that caused the most domestics.

According to the survey the possessions our nations sharers get most frustrated by include:

  • Football or rugby memorabilia
  • Forever friends teddies
  • Beer or shot glass collections
  • Scatter cushions
  • Tasteless posters
  • Road signage or traffic beacons
  • Tacky ornaments
  • Extensive shoe and clothing collections
  • Fridge magnet collection
  • Weights or large gym equipment
  • Boxes of redundant cabling and wires
  • Lighter collections
  • Dart board
  • Comics/magazines
  • Action figures
  • Model toys
  • Paisley pattered objects or furnishings
  • Car/bicycle parts
  • Multiple games consoles – (no more than one)
  • Anything in relation to ex partners
  • Hello Kitty collectables
  • Replica swords
  • Lots of furniture


David Hadden, Manager – Landlords and Lettings at Endsleigh commented: “Moving in with a partner or friend is an exciting time but before your do it’s worth thinking about having a clear-out beforehand. Consider whether your new flat or housemate has the same taste as you before erecting a poster of your favourite pin-up or bringing a useless hoarding collection with you!”

For cost-effective, yet stylish decorating tips and tricks that won’t break the bank from bloggers and interior designers, visit the ‘Home Fakeovers’ hub from Endsleigh.

Notes to Editors
Endsleigh surveyed 1,000 UK home owners and 1,000 UK renters via One Poll in October 2015.

About Endsleigh

Originally founded in 1965 to serve the student market, Endsleigh is an independent intermediary specialising in the provision of insurance and financial products for career people and is recognised as the leading insurance provider for students and their landlords.

The company has been working in the private rental sector for over 25 years and offers landlords a comprehensive range of products including building and contents, legal expenses, loss of rent, home emergency and blocks of flats. Endsleigh also offers a market leading tenant referencing service through its partnership with Experian, the global leader in consumer data.

The company offers a wide range of services including motor, home and travel insurance, along with business insurance through Endsleigh’s Business team and financial advice through the Endsleigh Financial Advice team.

For further information, please contact:

Eshé Brown on +44(0)1273 760959 / eshe@propellernet.co.uk

Sarah Wadmore on +44(0)1273 760975 / sarah@propellernet.co.uk
or Rachel Veevers on +44(0)1242 866196 / rachel.veevers@endsleigh.co.uk