Us Brits, in case you hadn’t noticed, are absolutely barmy about buying and selling houses.
Honestly, we can’t get enough of it.
If we’re not spending lingering moments looking at house prices in our local area in estate agents’ windows or passing hours in rapt awe at telly programmes like Homes Under The Hammer, we’re fantasising about feature walls and exotic tiling-grout combos.
And let’s not even broach the topic of the working hours lost to Rightmove every year.
So, if you’re in the mood to flog your abode, the ever-curious stats jockeys at GoCompare have conducted a spot of research* into the home features that are bound to get potential buyers in a lather, positively gagging to hand loads of money over for your house, flat or duplex.
Some of the results might surprise you.
It turns out that your modern-day househunters rate a good broadband connection over friendly neighbours; gardens rather than garages, and a good reliable mobile phone signal as opposed to a landline phone connection.
Let’s have a look at the full list, shall we? It's ranked accordingly to what percentage of the people we quizzed said it was something they wanted in a house….
- Central heating (69%)
- Double glazing (68%)
- A garden (65%)
- Secure doors and windows (61%)
- Driveway or dedicated parking space (54%)
- Plenty of electrical sockets (54%)
- Local shops and amenities (50%)
- A good, reliable broadband connection strong enough to stream TV and films (49%)
- Friendly neighbours (47%)
- At least two toilets (46%)
- A bath (46%)
- A good energy efficiency rating (46%)
- A new boiler/central heating system (45%)
- A reliable, clear mobile phone signal (44%)
- A shower cubicle (40%)
- A garage (39%)
- Cavity wall insulation (38%)
- A landline telephone (38%)
- A living room big enough for a large, flat screen television (37%)
- A dining room (35%)
You might have noticed that good schools, open-plan kitchens and living areas and period features all don’t make the ‘must-have’ top 20.
Conservatories don’t make the list either, because it’s not 1996.
Matt Sanders, GoCompare’s resident home insurance sage, opined: “Buying a home is a major investment and while most of us will only buy a house if it ‘feels right’, our survey should hopefully give those looking to sell their home a steer on what buyers are after.
“If you’re not looking to invest further in the property in order to sell, then it’s worth making small changes to the décor. Making your home seem warmer, fresher and more secure could have a positive effect on potential buyers. So, even if it’s not to your personal taste consider opting for earthy warm colours over greys, blacks and metallics.”
So there you are.