When it comes to searching for a new place to call home, there are certain non-negotiables for many people.
Maybe it’s the right location, room for improvement or just the raw feel of a place – whatever it is, we all want to find a home that ticks as many boxes as possible.
To find out what’s most likely to seal the deal for prospective house buyers, fitted storage experts Hammonds Furniture questioned 2,000 Brits to reveal some answers.
A spare room
Of all the features of a property, 42% of respondents said they would be willing to pay more for a property with a spare room. This was the most common answer and perhaps for good reason. With more of us working from home these days, a spare room gives the option of a dedicated office and the attractive prospect of more storage space.
Plenty of storage
Storage in general is a massive factor for house hunters, with a whopping 84% of Brits saying it’s a key consideration when looking at new properties. An accessible and boarded loft space is highly valued because of the additional storage it provides. 33% of Brits would pay more for a house with a usable loft.
Of course, nearby amenities are important for our quality of life and the location of a property plays massively into this. Spots with naturally green spaces, local shops, transport links, schools and leisure facilities will always be more popular with people looking to improve their lifestyle and boost happiness with a move into a neighbourhood they can proudly call home.
The kitchen is the heart of many homes and a major draw for prospective buyers when looking for their ideal property. Storage has a vital role to play here as well, with 45% of people saying they would be put off a house if it had a kitchen with limited cupboard and drawer space. It’s one of the main rooms where space is a big plus because of its multi-functionality and importance to daily life. But an ugly or poorly designed kitchen can be just as off-putting.
Having usable outdoor space is certainly a big tick in the box for many house hunters. Research suggests a well-kept green garden can add value to a property, largely because of the number of people who are now looking for one as they climb the property ladder. Outdoor space adds another attractive dimension to a home, helping homeowners achieve a better quality of life and providing more space for hobbies and activities.
So, there you have it. Some of the most important features Brits look for in a new property. What’s on your checklist?