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