When it comes to how to find your perfect home, that’s something only you can answer. But we asked 1,500 home buyers what they looked for.
Different regions had different priorities (unsurprisingly, commuting Londoners value good transport links, while buyers in Leeds hanker after a bigger garden) but the results of this survey will hopefully give you a better idea of some of the main factors to look into when looking for a home.
Top key features and amenities Brits value in a home:
- 58% of respondents would prefer a house with a private south facing garden, and an office space
- 46% value storage space in a property
- A driveway was an important feature to 45%
- 32% appreciate the room layout and value an en suite
- A large eat-in kitchen, walk-in wardrobe and loft conversion were valued by 30% of respondents
- 28% look out for original features
Handy tips for sellers
Create a friendly and warm vibe – 36% of people said they value a good friendly feeling and 42% are seeking a house that has been well looked after. Proving that by just taking care and creating a welcoming vibe in your home (get the baked goods in and the candles or good lighting on) can drastically improve the value of your home.
Focus on the storage – Ample storage space is a huge selling point with 46% of UK home buyers saying they would require it in a new home. It’s often a key feature that people miss off when listing their home either for someone to buy or rent, so make sure to highlight this.
Utility Rooms are game changers – Consider building or transforming a space into a utility room if you’re looking to add value to your home as 33% of people value this highly on their list.
Feng Shui – While the size of a room is still important, layout is no less, with 32% citing this as significant. Rethinking the flow of the room and the spacing of furniture to create optimal space can really help a buyer imagine the possibilities.