Homeowners trying to sell their property should check that their home is warm and secure and, ideally, should have a garden and a reliable broadband connection.
Research by comparison site GoCompare reveals the top 20 features buyers are looking for in a home – and they might not be what you expect.
Central heating, double glazing and secure doors and windows topped buyers’ must-have list, with 82%, 80%, and 74% respectively saying these are features they look for when viewing a property.
Some 69% of prospective buyers would like a garden, while a good internet connection made it into the top five property must-haves for the first time, with 59% of people saying it’s important.
A driveway or parking space and easy access to local shops and amenities also feature in the top 10 items on buyers’ priority lists.
Meanwhile, several home improvements failed to make it into the top 20 property must-haves. Just one in 20 buyers is bothered about period features, while only 9% are looking for open-plan living spaces. Other features that are not so important to buyers include adding a conservatory (19%) or wood floors (13%) and being close to good local schools (13%).
GoCompare spokesperson Ben Wilson says: “Before viewing properties it is helpful to think about your real ‘must-have’ priorities and connectivity and energy efficiency are two massive factors.
“Likewise, a broadband signal fast enough for streaming and a reliable mobile phone signal are deemed home essentials today, and sellers need to be wise to these new priorities.”
|Top 20 property must-haves|
|3||Secure doors and windows||74%|
|5||Good, reliable broadband connection sufficiently strong to stream films and TV||59%|
|6||Plenty of electrical sockets||59%|
|7||Local shops and amenities||58%|
|8||Driveway or dedicated parking space||53%|
|9||Reliable, clear mobile phone signal||53%|
|10||Good energy efficiency rating||52%|
|11||At least two toilets||52%|
|15||Cavity wall insulation||46%|
|16||Living room big enough for a large, flat screen TV||42%|
|20||New boiler or central heating system||37%|