The UK’s top 20 home essentials include fast broadband, clear mobile signal and space for a big TV
Warmth and security top the list of essentials house-hunters look for in a property, according to a new survey, while good schools, en-suite bathrooms and period features all fail to make the top 20.
Central heating (78%) headed the list of ‘must-have’ features, followed by secure windows and doors (73%) and double glazing (72%). Access to good broadband also ranked highly, with 70% of those surveyed saying that access to broadband speed of above 2Mb was essential.
The research, commissioned by Gocompare.com home insurance, also revealed that more people want space for a TV of at least 42 inches (40%) than highly rated local schools (13%), an open fire place (14%) or period features (7%).
Top 20 property ‘must-have’ features
Secure windows and doors
Good broadband speed (above 2Mb)
A land line telephone
Off road parking
Reliable, clear mobile phone signal
Local shops and amenities
A good energy efficiency rating
A shower cubicle
Cavity wall insulation
At least 2 toilets
A dining room
Living room big enough to house a 42 inch TV or bigger
Features fewer buyers want included:
- En-suite bathroom (30%)
- Working home security system/burglar alarm (25%)
- Conservatory (19%)
- Solar panels (14%)
- An open fireplace (14%)
- A home office (14%)
- Highly rated local schools (13%)
- A wood burner (10%)
- Period features (7%)
Ben Wilson, from Gocompare.com home insurance commented: “When it comes to looking for a new home, our survey suggests that modern house-hunters prioritise warmth, security and technology over traditional fireplaces and other period features. 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’.”
Notes to editors:
From February 20 2015 to February 21 2015 an online survey was conducted among 2007 randomly selected British adults age 18+ who are also Springboard United Kingdom Community members. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 1.8%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current data on age, gender, region, and education from the most recent census data, to ensure the sample is representative of the entire adult population of the UK. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.