It’s not all about the smell of fresh cof­fee

Do you have a hot property? Here are the 20 fea­tures that will help to sell your home

Kent Messenger Maidstone - West Kent Property - - FRONT PAGE -

The property mar­ket can be tricky to read, so if you’re think­ing of putting your home up for sale, ei­ther now or in the fu­ture, how do you know how “saleable” it’s likely to be? WHAT’S HOT A re­cent sur­vey quizzed more than 2,000 peo­ple to find out what they want from a property.

It found a home that’s go­ing to stay warm and cosy and be en­ergy ef­fi­cient, is a big pri­or­ity - with both cen­tral heat­ing and dou­ble glaz­ing com­ing out top in terms of de­sir­abil­ity. Many peo­ple also cited a new boiler as be­ing a high pri­or­ity.

Se­cu­rity is also high on peo­ple’s minds, with se­cure doors and win­dows ap­pear­ing in fourth place on the top 20.

Many home buy­ers will want to make sure their home will ac­com­mo­date their tech­nol­ogy and keep them con­nected to the wider world.

Plenty of elec­tri­cal sock­ets was found to be im­por­tant, as was a good broad­band con­nec­tion for stream­ing films, and a liv­ing room big enough for a su­per­sized TV. ...AND WHAT’S NOT? There are also quite a few sur­prises when it comes to what didn’t make the top 20.

De­spite adding char­ac­ter, pe­riod fea­tures failed to make the list, sug­gest­ing some buy­ers may be willing to forego charm in favour of prac­ti­cal­ity.

While nearly two-thirds (65%) of peo­ple were con­cerned with hav­ing a gar­den, a con­ser­va­tory also failed to make the top 20.

Open plan liv­ing ar­eas, and homes near highly-rated schools, also didn’t make the cut.

Matt San­ders from Go­com­pare. com Home In­sur­ance, which car­ried out the sur­vey, said: “It is sur­pris­ing to see pre­vi­ous musthaves, such as good schools and conservatories, fail to make the top 20.

“How­ever, buy­ers are more willing to make com­pro­mises on the finer de­tails of a property to keep costs down and avoid ex­pen­sive work in the fu­ture.” MAKE YOUR HOME A ‘MUSTHAVE’ PROPERTY The find­ings sug­gest that a new boiler, ex­tra plug sock­ets and mod­ernising in­su­la­tion could be a smarter in­vest­ment than more tra­di­tional sell­ing points.

Matt sug­gests: “It’s worth mak­ing small changes to the decor when it comes time to sell.

“Mak­ing your home seem warmer, fresher and more se­cure could have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on po­ten­tial buy­ers.”

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