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Article by Editorial | 5th January 2019

Buying a House Beats Starting a Family

New research reveals British adults put getting onto the housing ladder ahead of having children.

Bucket list favourites including buying a house, travelling and getting married are now more of a priority to British couples than starting a family, a new study has found.

In a survey of 1,003 British adults, carried out by e-tailer Furniture123.co.uk, 67% said that getting onto the property ladder was their number one priority for adult life and that they wanted a place to call their own before planning to start a family, while 63% of respondents said they wanted to see more of the world before committing to children.

Meanwhile, 53% of those asked said that landing their dream job was more of a priority than starting a family, as one in three believe it would be difficult to juggle career progression with the responsibilities of parenthood.

Owning a pet also made the top five list of priorities – 29% claimed they wanted to buy a pet before having children and 95% of these said that caring for a pet was great practise for looking after a child.

Mark Kelly, Marketing Manager at Furniture123.co.uk, says: “Times are changing and the age at which couples choose to have their first child appears to be on the rise. We know that finances are generally much tighter for the younger generation so it’s no surprise that many young couples may want to wait until they’re in a more stable position before having children of their own.”

Top five things Brits want to do before having children:

1. Buy a house – 67%

2. Travel more – 63%

3. Land the dream job – 53%

4. Get married – 41%

5. Get a pet – 29%

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