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Hi there, I read the house front /tunnel should face east. This makes sense as wind and rain comes mainly from the west. North would be too cold, south too hot. As for taking up residence, as Nic pointed out a while ago, the hogs like it to become part of the garden and so take up can take a while. I got my lovely house with tunnel last year just before hibernation, but no take up. My husband put some straw in the tunnel and only recently has the straw been moved. I am not going to disturb the house in case one is in there with hog let’s and, no, once it’s in the correct position, don’t move things. They like things to stay the same before they try it. Food, feeding station, house, all likely to be used if not moved. They need to trust you before they take up anything really. Thinking about it, who could blame them, there is danger all around them. Plenty of rain water dotted around your garden as well. My hog house is on gravel and I have seen them walking up and down on the gravel so it doesn’t seem to put them off as most of the back garden is gravel except for a wild hedge at the bottom of Hawthorn, firethorn cotoniaster and blackberries. Hope this helps you. In other words…. Just think of you coming home once a week to find someone has turned your house round with your door facing a different way! Best wishes.