If you’re just starting out on the search for your perfect property, or if you are looking to sell or rent your home, here are the top five features that buyers look for in a home according to one survey conducted by a top British financial institution. Useful information, no doubt, to make the most of and make sure your own property ticks all the boxes for potential buyers.
Location, location, location
Unsurprisingly location was the number one factor in choosing a home, with more than 73 of people putting this at the top of their list of must-haves. Choosing where to live is extremely important and matters on many different levels. Before starting out on the property hunt ask yourself a few questions to decide on where you might like to live:
- Do I want ‘city centre buzz’ or ‘quieter country life’?
- How close do I want to be to friends and family?
- Do I need good transport links to work?
- Do I need to be close to good schools and parks?
Some 68 percent of people surveyed said that the size of the property was an important factor in buying a house. It might seem obvious but making sure you’ll have the space you need now (somewhere to eat, sleep and relax) as well as in the future should be a key part of selecting a property. What if a partner moves in or you decide to have children or pets? You should consider if the space will fit your lifestyle now and in years to come.
Garden and outside space
Outside space comes in a number of guises: gardens, yards, balconies; they all have their benefits. A total of 61 percent of people were looking for a property with some sort of outside space. If you’re looking to sell make sure you’re making the most of the outside space you have to offer.
A total of 56 percent of people surveyed said that the layout of a property was important to them. It’s easy to be tempted by a great layout, but remember there may be room for compromise on this if everything else ticks the boxes. Plus, there’s always the option to change the layout yourself. Whether it’s knocking down a wall to make a bright open plan kitchen/diner, or increasing the size of the living room because there’s no need for the study next to it, you’ll have the freedom to create a great space that works for you.
Whether you’re in the heart of the city or the serene suburbs, it’s always comforting to know that your car is safely tucked away when at home. A total of 53.1 percent of people labelled off-street parking a dream feature, so if you’re likely to have sleepless nights worrying that your car could be damaged, consider making this an essential part of your property search. Ensuring your driveway is in good condition and usable is also a key factor in making your property attractive to potential buyers.
What are your top five “wants” when choosing your perfect property? We’d love to know. Leave your comments with this story.