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Top 20 features that could sell your home

City AM logo City AM 01/05/2018 Oscar Lopez

a sign in front of a house © Provided by CityAM Spring seems to have finally arrived in London, and with the weather warming up, so too is selling season.

As Londoners consider the best way to sell their homes, insurance comparison website Gocompare Home Insurance has complied a list that shows the top twenty features for UK home-buyers, including things like good broadband and more than two bathrooms.

According to the company's latest home buyer survey, efficient central heating systems, double glazing, and secure doors and windows top UK home-buyers’ lists of ‘must-have’ home features.

Top 20 property must-haves

1.

Central heating

82%

2.

Double glazing

80%

3.

Secure doors and windows

74%

4.

A garden

69%

5.

A good, reliable broadband connection sufficiently strong to stream films and TV

59%

6.

Plenty of electrical sockets

59%

7.

Local shops and amenities

58%

8.

A driveway or dedicated parking space

53%

9.

A reliable, clear mobile phone signal

53%

10.

A good energy efficiency rating

52%

11.

At least 2 toilets

52%

12.

Friendly neighbours

51%

13.

A bath tub

50%

14.

A shower cubicle

49%

15.

Cavity wall insulation

46%

16.

A living room big enough for a large, flat screen TV 

42%

17.

A garage

41%

18.

A dining room

40%

19.

A landline telephone

39%

20.

A new boiler or central heating system

37%

However, good broadband and mobile signal strength have climbed the most on the list, along with a good energy efficiency rating

Meanwhile, friendly neighbours and having a parking place have slipped down on the importance list for home buyers.

Ben Wilson, spokesperson for Gocompare Home Insurance said: “Connectivity and energy efficiency are two massive factors for anyone thinking about a move at the moment, while the number of electrical sockets is now more important than access to local amenities.  

“Likewise, a broadband signal fast enough for streaming, and a reliable and a clear mobile phone signal are deemed home essentials today and sellers need to be wise to these new priorities."

Among the least important features considered by house buyers were a conservatory (19 per cent), wood floors (13 per cent), good local schools (13 per cent) and period features (5 per cent), all of which failed to make the top 20.

The survey was conducted online in March among 2,046 randomly selected British adults who are Maximiles UK panellists.

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