20th April 2015
Warmth and security top the list of essentials house-hunters are looking for in a property these days, according to a new survey from Gocompare.com.
In contrast good schools, en-suite bathrooms and period features, are way down the priority list.
Some 78% of respondents cited central heating as the ‘must-have’ feature followed by secure windows and doors, at 73%, and double-glazing, at 72%.
Access to good broadband also ranked highly, with 70% of those surveyed saying that access to speed of above 2Mb was essential.
The research also revealed that 40% want space for a TV of at least 42 inches, while just 13% desired highly rated local schools. Elsewhere merely 14% wanted an open fireplace and 7% were looking for period features.
|Rank||Top 20 property ‘must-have’ features||%|
|2||Secure windows and doors||73|
|4||Good broadband speed (above 2Mb)||70|
|6||A land line telephone||62|
|9||Off road parking||56|
|10||Reliable, clear mobile phone signal||56|
|11||Local shops and amenities||55|
|13||A good energy efficiency rating||50|
|14||A shower cubicle||49|
|15||Cavity wall insulation||48|
|17||At least 2 toilets||43|
|19||A dining room||42|
|20||Living room big enough to house a 42 inch TV or bigger||40|
Features fewer buyers want included:
Ben Wilson, from Gocompare.com home insurance commented: “Given the cost of gas and electricity in the last few years and the rise in the cost of living generally, energy efficiency has become an increasingly important consideration with double glazing and cavity wall insulation making it into the top 20 ‘must-have’ home features.
“The increasing role that technology and in-home entertainment plays in our everyday lives is also apparent. In particular, access to a good broadband connection and mobile phone signal were both ranked highly – making them ‘modern home essentials’.”