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How very modern! Househunters now prioritise decent broadband and at least two toilets over old fashioned period features and a room with a view

  • ‘Must have’ property features sought by househunters include good broadband
  • Other requirements include a bath, large living room and having shops nearby
  • Top features central heating, double glazing, garden, secure doors and windows

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Modern househunters now want at least two toilets and decent broadband before they move in to a new home.

Today’s ‘must have’ list of property features also includes good security and a living room big enough to accommodate a huge television.

That means room to install it and to be able to sit far enough away to appreciate the view, according to list compiled by comparison site Gocompare.com.

Modern househunters have given the list of requirements they want when searching for a home

Modern househunters have given the list of requirements they want when searching for a home

While open plan living fails to make the final top 20, having a dining room does feature at the bottom of the list.

And despite walk-in power showers seemingly all the rage, househunters still insist on having a bath in the property before they consider moving in.

Broadband is more important than friendly neighbours and a good mobile phone signal is also highly sought after.

Good local schools is not on the list but having good shops and amenities comes in at number seven.

And perhaps unsurprisingly, in times of sky high utility bills central heating and double glazing are the top two features to have.

Draconian parking restrictions by many local authorities means a driveway or allocated parking space is now high on the list, so too is having plenty of electrical sockets to cope with all the recharging of phones, laptops and other equipment.

A garden is also a must but a conservatory, a feature of previous Gocompare.com surveys, is no longer considered as important.

This also suggests for those selling that it may be better to invest in decent energy efficiency than a conservatory or new kitchen.

TOP 20 ‘MUST HAVE’ PROPERTY FEATURES HOMEBUYERS WANT

1 Central heating

2 Double glazing

3 Garden

4 Secure doors and windows

5 Driveway or dedicated parking space

6 Plenty of electrical sockets

7 Local shops and amenities

8 A good, reliable broadband connection strong enough to stream TV and films

9 Friendly neighbours

10 At least two toilets

11 A bath

12 A good energy efficiency rating

13 A new boiler/central heating system

14 A reliable, clear mobile phone signal

15 A shower cubicle

16 A garage

17 Cavity wall insulation

18 A land line telephone

19 A living room big enough for a large, flat screen television

20 A dining room

Househunters no longer prioritise period features or a room with a view when looking for a home

Househunters no longer prioritise period features or a room with a view when looking for a home

Today’s ‘must have’ list of property features also includes good security and a living room big enough to accommodate a huge television

Matt Sanders, of Gocompare.com, said: ‘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.

‘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.’

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