23 Mar 2016
When it comes to buying a new home, it's the simple things which matter the most, according to a new study.
Central heating and double glazing top UK homebuyers’ list of ‘must-have’ property features, perhaps due to the British climate and energy prices.
A good energy efficiency rating and cavity wall insulation are also highly-rated features.
Homebuyers also rank a good, reliable broadband connection and mobile phone signal over highly-rated local schools and properties with period features – which both failed to make the top 20 in a survey of ‘must-have’ property features commissioned by Gocompare.
|4)||Secure doors and windows||70%|
|5)||Off road parking||58%|
|6)||A bath tub||57%|
|7)||Local shops and amenities||55%|
|9)||A good, reliable broadband connection strong enough to stream TV||53%|
|10)||A good energy efficiency rating||50%|
|11)||A land line telephone||50%|
|12)||A good TV signal||49%|
|13)||A separate shower cubicle||47%|
|14)||Cavity wall insulation||47%|
|15)||At least two toilets||45%|
Bob Fraser, Senior Property Partner at Aberdein Considine, said the survey reflects changing attitudes among buyers.
“This shows the pragmatic approach many people now take to finding a new home,” he said.
“As the cost of living continues to rise, more and more people are putting things like good insulation and heating at the top of their list.
“It is clear from this survey that homes with a good bathroom are attractive to buyers. Connectivity is also becoming increasingly important as smart phones and smart TVs change the way we access entertainment.
“What is surprising is that just 15% rated access to good local schools an essential factor in buying a new home. For many of the clients I deal with, this is still of paramount importance.”
Aberdein Considine is offers a complete property buying, selling, leasing and mortgage service across Scotland, including the cities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Stirling.
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