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The top 20 things that buyers look for in a home

The top 20 things that buyers look for in a home

By Tony Ryan

According to a new survey from Mortgages, house-hunters opt for a good, reliable broadband signal over highly-rated schools; off-road parking over a garage and a living room big enough for a large flat screen telly over period features.

Warmth and energy efficiency are key priorities for house-hunters – perhaps thanks to the British climate and energy prices. Central heating and double glazing top the list of the nation’s 20 property ‘must-haves’. A good energy efficiency rating and cavity wall insulation are also highly-rated features.

Homebuyers also rank a good, reliable broadband connection and mobile phone signal over highly-rated local schools and properties with period features – which both failed to make the top 20 in a survey of ‘must-have’ property features commissioned by Mortgages:

Top 20 property ‘must-have’ features

1              Central heating             79%

2              Double glazing        74%

3              A garden              71%

4              Secure doors and windows         70%

5              Off road parking               58%

6              A bath tub           57%

7              Local shops and amenities           55%

8              Friendly neighbours        54%

9              A good, reliable broadband connection strong enough to stream films and TV      53%

10           A good energy efficiency rating           50%

11           A land line telephone     50%

12           A good TV signal               49%

13           A separate shower cubicle           47%

14           Cavity wall insulation      47%

15           At least two toilets          45%

16           A dining room    44%

17           A reliable and clear mobile phone signal           44%

18           A garage            43%

19           A living room big enough for a large, flat screen TV           39%

20           An en-suite bathroom   34%