House movers spooked by Fri­day 13th

The Scotsman - - Features - By JANE BRADLEY

Scot­tish home movers ap­pear to be su­per­sti­tious about get­ting the keys to their new home on Fri­day 13th, Regis­ters of Scot­land have claimed.

Of­fi­cial fig­ures showed that on the last Fri­day the 13th in Jan­uary, 524 prop­er­ties changed hands, but on the equiv­a­lent Fri­day in 2016, which was the 15th of the month, more than twice as many res­i­den­tial prop­erty sales went through at 1,321.

Mean­while, ROS said data col­lected from 1 April, 2003 to 31 Au­gust, 2017, an av­er­age of 1,163 peo­ple moved house on Fri­days, with the ex­cep­tion of Fri­days which hap­pened to be the 13th day in the month – when only half as many house moves took place.

ROS op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor and ac­count­able of­fi­cer, Janet Egdell, said: “It looks as though Fri­day 13th is a less pop­u­lar Fri­day to move.”

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