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 Gocompare.com.
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 Gocompare.com 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."