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A third of Londoners leave home lacking basic skills

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19 Aug 2016

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The average age that Londoners are leaving home is now 23 years-old, new figures reveal.


With average rents in the capital reaching an eye-watering £1,130 per month for a one-bedroom flat, it’s understandable why young Londoners are flying the nest later.  


However, a new survey has revealed that almost one in three Londoners left home unable to prepare a roast dinner, while one in 10 couldn’t even boil an egg.


A further third didn’t know how to operate a bolier, according to the survey of 1,000 people by flatsharing website Weroom.


The washing machine was also a struggle for a fifth of people, who also admitted to not being able to change a fuse or use a dishwasher.


17% per cent said they were left scratching their head when it comes to changing a vacuum cleaner bag or cleaning the oven too. 


Turning on and off radiators was a mystery for 15%, as was registering for a TV licence (22%) and registering to vote (14%). 


Once they did leave home, three quarters of renters said they learned skills such as using household appliances from their flatmates.


15% said that they turned to Google, with 10% watching YouTube videos to tell them about the basics. We have more tips for when you're moving home in this great article!


“Living with housemates is a great way to enhance your skill set. Flatsharing provides an opportunity to live with like-minded people and gives an opportunity to share ideas, insights and skills,” Thomas Villeneuve, CEO of Weroom.com. 


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