Grandparents are looking to move to live nearer their children – and vice versa – as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, according to one property search company.Before COVID, living near relatives was a concept many home buyers set little store by and travelling from one side of the UK to the other was routine.Three months of restrictions on travel and social mixing have put a stop to that, according to Stacks Property Search, with many Britons moving back towards a Continental-style extended family.“It’s hard to believe just how quickly that freedom was taken from us. And how valuable it became to have family living nearby,” said Stacks regional director for Dartmoor, Grace Jephson.“While it’s likely that we will return to something approaching the old normal one day, it’s become clear that lockdown gave many buyers time to reflect on what was really important to them.”Urge to move closerInquiries to Stacks Property Search’s country offices since the property market was unlocked have revealed a strong and widespread urge to buy property near other family members.“While this trend may be exaggerated in this immediate post-lockdown era, there’s a strong likelihood that the inclination to be based near one’s nearest and dearest will become much more important than it has in the recent past,” added Jephson.“The country is full of retired homeowners who felt perfectly happy in their old family homes and who are now looking to downsize, preferably to be nearer children and grandchildren. And equally many working parents who have been working from home whilst home-schooling young children who would have been overwhelmingly grateful to have parents nearby to help out.”Location is keyShe said location is the first hurdle agents are likely to encounter when trying to help generational movers.“Younger families may prefer a village or rural location, while the older generation who are downsizing might prefer to be closer to a wider range of facilities and transport.“’Popping’ distance is unscientific but ideal. Is it close enough to pop over for a drink, to pick up the kids from school, to help out with a minor chore. This is the ideal distance, something in the region of a 15-minute drive.”But she warned against a ‘granny annexe’ solution unless all parties are totally committed. “The reality of such an arrangement can fall short of the vision,” she said. “Living so close to each other may be just too close, and finding a property that suits everybody’s needs can be tricky.”Grandparents moving closer Families move closer thanks to Covid Escape to the country July 29, 2020Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Grandparents looking to move closer to their children post COVID-19 pandemic previous nextHousing MarketGrandparents looking to move closer to their children post COVID-19 pandemicFamilies plan to move closer as lockdown causes major transformation in society, with connections becoming more important.Richard Reed29th July 20200381 Views
By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaWhen the National 4-H Congress convenes in Atlanta Nov. 25-29, participants will represent 46 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. This year’s congress, the 83rd annual national meeting for the 103-year-old organization, will also welcome international visitors from Ghana and Liberia.”Having international participants is a first for National 4-H Congress,” said Susan Stewart, executive director of National 4-H Congress. “We routinely have participants from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories, but never from other countries. This year, we got a letter from these two countries, asking if they could come and observe. And we were delighted to have them.”National 4-H Congress brings together representatives from states across the nation to participate in leadership, service learning and educational programs. Each state sets different criteria for being selected to attend the event.”Georgia’s representatives are the winners from our State 4-H Congress project achievement process,” said Bo Ryles, state leader for Georgia 4-H, a unit of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “This year we will send 66 Georgia students to National Congress to represent our 198,000 Georgia 4-H’ers and to host the visiting 4-H’ers.”Living wellDuring their five days in Atlanta, the 1,100 delegates will hear from a variety of speakers, including Miss America Deidre Downs. They will attend educational workshops, too, on living healthy lifestyles.”The workshops will include leadership skills, facing eating disorders, teenage depression and how to avoid it, healthy foods with preventative properties, and sport nutrition,” Stewart said. “We will also have an Alpharetta, Ga., policeman on hand to teach a class on personal safety. And instructors will take the delegates through classes in Pilates and yoga.”Giving backService learning is a major part of what 4-H is all about. During this conference, the delegates will take a class in baking as a gift and learn how it can be used for community service. They will also get out and help Atlanta.”During the week, each teen participates in a community service activity,” Stewart said. “Some will assist at the Festival of Trees set up. Others will help record oral histories from senior citizens. Some will help clean up local parks and Zoo Atlanta as a part of the second-largest day of community service for Hands on Atlanta.”Since 4-H celebrated its centennial in 2003, the students began bringing a dime for each year 4-H has been in existence. “This year, each 4-H’er will bring 103 dimes,” Stewart explained. “The money goes to a savings account. And when we have enough, we will partner with Habitat for Humanity to build Clover House in Atlanta.”4-H is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s administered in every state by the land-grant university. The organization has more than 7 million members nationwide. It’s offered in every county in Georgia through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office. To find a 4-H program near you, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1, or visit on-line at ugaextension.com.