What do potential buyers look for in a new home?

February 28th 2017
By: Melanie
What do potential buyers look for in a new home?

This is an illusive question as it depends on what category of buyer we are looking at. If it’s a family buyer then we would naturally presume that good schools would be a high priority for a home buyer, however according to a survey by GoCompare buyers favour good broadband and phone signals above highly-rated schools. Closely followed by energy efficient homes with modern amenities rather than homes that are full of character. They stated that for many home owners the on going running costs of a home are a real concern, so paying less for energy seems to be a high priority for many households.

Location is also a top priority for most buyers, being close to good local amenities - a local supermarket, post office and a good pub. However once you have location buyers tend to look at other aspects of buying a house.

TV's Kirstie Allsopp told the MailOnline: 'It is a given that it is about location. Location is everything. But once you have got the location, what often makes people choose one property other another is perhaps something else.’

Kirstie says that deciding between two properties can be as simple as 'Potential buyers look around a house and it could be a holiday picture or a book, something they want to do or be, and that often seals the deal - especially when choosing between two houses.' 

The Daily Mail has compiled a list of 20 must haves for buyers, in the top ten in order of popularity is central heating, double glazing, a garden, secure windows and doors, off road parking, a bath tub, local shops and amenities, friendly neighbours, a good reliable broadband reception and a good energy efficiency rating, if you would like to check out the rest of the list please follow this link.

Source: Daily Mail