Home buyers want warmth, security and fast broadband

4 May 2018

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
1Central heating82%
2Double glazing80%
3Secure doors and windows74%
5Good, reliable broadband connection sufficiently strong to stream films and TV59%
6Plenty of electrical sockets59%
7Local shops and amenities58%
8Driveway or dedicated parking space53%
9Reliable, clear mobile phone signal53%
10Good energy efficiency rating52%
11At least two toilets52%
12Friendly neighbours51%
13Bath tub50%
14Shower cubicle49%
15Cavity wall insulation46%
16Living room big enough for a large, flat screen TV 42%
18Dining room40%
19Landline telephone39%
20New boiler or central heating system37%
Source: GoCompare



In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Life still does exist without a mobile phone signal. A mobile signal didn't feature on our must haves when we moved 18 months. Just as well, as there isn't one, not even in the vicinity. We can send a text by holding the phone above the toilet cistern in the bathroom, though ! Life goes on. A plus point is that it quells the enthusiasm of the smart meter pushers, as having tested the meter location and finding no signal, the electricity company now know it's a non-starter..

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