These statistics were gathered in 1996. I see little reason to doubt that the situation with regard to the success of relocation has changed much since then.
Please excuse the formatting in the tables below, which is affected by the wider margins of the blog.
|Total #||Effect unclear||Harmful||Didn’t help||Slight help||Major help||Enormous help|
|Relocation to avoid pollution||111||1||1||6||24||33||46|
|Relocation to avoid mold||74||1||0||3||15||35||20|
I was startled to see these results that seemed totally at variance with the dismal tales of failed relocation attempts I was reading on pages 9 and 10 of the survey. When I looked through the surveys, I discovered that most people who had moved several times responded positively on the survey if the last move had finally worked. One person, for example, said she had moved over a dozen times, but she checked “Enormous help” on question 23 and “Major help” on question 24. Another respondent answered “Major help” for both questions 23 and 24, but on page 9 stated that her relocation had been unsuccessful. Some, for example, apparently indicated that relocation to avoid mold was a major help even though the house they ended up in was so full of outgassing chemicals that they had to leave.
Because mistakes in relocation can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, I decided to print out a table of the first 150 survey respondents showing the answers to two questions that appeared on page 9 of my survey. These questions asked the respondents to rate the success of their relocations and to state the number of times they had relocated. Blank lines of course indicate that the person has not tried relocation. This table tells quite a different story than do the above raw statistics.
(Most people apparently answered with respect to their last move)
|Number of moves|