The top 20 features that Notts house buyers are looking for when they buy a home

Published : 16th May 2017


We all want to know the secret to making our house more desirable and therefore more sellable, but what are homebuyers really looking for?

Well, it seems energy efficiency, security and good broadband are the top must-have features, with decent central heating systems, double glazing, and secure doors and windows coming in the top five for home-buyers.

House-hunters rate a good broadband connection over friendly neighbours; gardens rather than garages, and a good reliable mobile phone signal as opposed to a landline phone connection.

Surprisingly, good schools, open-plan kitchens and living areas and period features all fail to make the property 'must-have' top 20 in the research, which comes from

Rank      Top 20 'must-have' property features      %

1             Central heating                                       69

2             Double glazing                                        68

3             A garden                                                 65

4             Secure doors and windows                     61

5             Driveway or dedicated parking space     54

6             Plenty of electrical sockets                      54

7             Local shops and amenities                      50

8             A good, reliable broadband connection strong
                   enough to stream TV and films            49

9             Friendly neighbours                                 47

10           At least 2 toilets                                       46

11           A bath                                                      46

12           A good energy efficiency rating               46

13           A new boiler/central heating system        45

14           A reliable, clear mobile phone signal       44

15           A shower cubicle                                      40

16           A garage                                                   39

17           Cavity wall insulation                                38

18           A land line telephone                                38

19           A living room big enough for a large, flat
                                              screen television        37

20           A dining room                                            35


Matt Sanders from home insurance, said: "Buying a home is a major investment and while most of us will only buy a house if it 'feels right', our survey should hopefully give those looking to sell their home a steer on what buyers are after.

"We found that many potential buyers are prioritising efficiency, security and connectivity over aesthetic features.

"This suggests that modern buyers are buying with their heads rather than their hearts and that investing in things like a new boiler, additional electrical sockets or modernising your home's insulation could be a smarter investment than traditional selling points such as period features or conservatories.

"If you're not looking to invest further in the property in order to sell, then it's worth making small changes to the décor when it comes time to sell.

"Making your home seem warmer, fresher and more secure could have a positive effect on potential buyers. So, even if it's not to your personal taste consider opting for earthy warm colours over greys, blacks and metallic colours.

"It is surprising to see previous must-haves such as good schools and conservatories fail to make the top 20. However, our research shows that buyers are becoming more financially savvy and are willing to make compromises on the finer details of a property to keep costs down and avoid expensive work in the future."