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Period features and en-suite bathrooms relegated from homebuyer wish-lists

20 April 2015

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%).

Rank

Top 20 property ‘must-have’ features

%

1

Central heating

78

2

Secure windows and doors

73

3

Double glazing

72

4

Good broadband speed (above 2Mb)

70

5

A garden

69

6

A land line telephone

62

7

A bath

59

8

A cooker

57

9

Off road parking

56

10

Reliable, clear mobile phone signal

56

11

Local shops and amenities

55

12

Friendly neighbours

52

13

A good energy efficiency rating

50

14

A shower cubicle

49

15

Cavity wall insulation

48

16

Satellite TV

43

17

At least 2 toilets

43

18

A garage

42

19

A dining room

42

20

Living room big enough to house a 42 inch TV or bigger

40

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’.”      

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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.