A home buyers wishlist has been revealed. If you’re planning on selling your Torbay home this year, then this list will give you a good idea as to what buyers are looking for in 2017.
Though be honest I think that most people looking to rent a property are looking for most of these t00! A friend of mine recently contacted me about rental properties and interestingly their requirements contained many of the same features as those on the buyer’s list!
The latest study, first reported by Mirror.co.uk, certainly throws up a few surprises for example it shows that building a conservatory could actually hurt your chances – and good broadband is now more than three times as important as good schools, while period features no longer have Brits clamouring to buy.
“We found that many potential buyers are prioritising efficiency, security and connectivity over aesthetic features,” said Matt Sanders from, Gocompare.com home insurance, who carried out the research.
“This suggests that modern buyers are buying with their heads rather than their hearts and that investing in things like a new boiler, additional electrical sockets or modernising your home’s insulation could be a smarter investment than traditional selling points such as period features or conservatories.”
The research also found that past trends – including open-plan kitchens and living areas and period features – are no longer in our top 20 ‘must-have’ features.
“It is surprising to see previous must-haves such as good schools and conservatories fail to make the top 20,” Saunders said.
“However, our research shows that buyers are becoming more financially savvy and are willing to make compromises on the finer details of a property to keep costs down and avoid expensive work in the future.”
The top 20 property must-haves for 2017
- Central heating – 69% of buyers
- Double glazing – 68% of buyers
- A garden – 65% of buyers
- Secure doors and windows – 61% of buyers
- Driveway or dedicated parking space – 54% of buyers
- Plenty of electrical sockets – 54% of buyers
- Local shops and amenities – 50% of buyers
- A good, reliable broadband connection strong enough to stream TV and films – 49% of buyers
- Friendly neighbours – 47% of buyers
- At least 2 toilets- 46% of buyers
- A bath – 46% of buyers
- A good energy efficiency rating – 46% of buyers
- A new boiler/central heating system – 45% of buyers
- A reliable, clear mobile phone signal – 44% of buyers
- A shower cubicle – 40% of buyers
- A garage – 39% of buyers
- Cavity wall insulation – 38% of buyers
- A land line telephone – 38% of buyers
- A living room big enough for a large, flat screen television – 37% of buyers
- A dining room – 35% of buyers