Whilst styles and tastes naturally vary from one person to another, there are 20 features which buyers will favour when looking for a new home…

1) A great location

A great location just can’t be topped! If your property is in walking distance of reputable local schools, a fine public house, a leisure centre, beautiful countryside attractions or even the local Waitrose store, this is a genuine lure for potential buyers.

2) A good sized garden

The size of a garden will always vary depending on the location; in more urban locations, simply having some outdoor space with enough room for al fresco dining and a children’s play area is a real draw, whereas in rural areas, a substantial plot can be a key selling point.

3) South facing garden

A south facing garden is a real selling point. Perfect for summer tanning in the rear garden, plants will flourish in the sunshine while we benefit from sunlight as a mood enhancer, providing the best natural source of vitamin D. Additionally, south facing windows enjoy heat gain, saving energy and nurturing houseplants.

4) Outdoor recreation spaces and outbuildings

With Britain enjoying increasingly warm summers, making the most of outside space is a popular move. If you have the space in your garden, it is well worth investing in a summer house, or a trendy built-in barbecue area.

5) A garage and parking space.

A garage offers your car protection from the weather, as well as providing added security, but can also provide a convenient workspace. Many mature families have young adults who drive, so extra parking space is most desirable, especially when entertaining.

6) Easy access to transport links

The convenience of having a mainline station within easy reach is a brilliant feature, especially for many those who use our excellent rail links to commute to London with fast, direct services. A house within easy reach of A roads and motorways will also be a plus for those who work further afield.

7) Contemporary décor and fittings

Nothing helps to sell a property like good presentation! Many buyers will look for a home that is ready to move straight into without any fuss. Light neutral décor gives your home an attractive and spacious look. Quality flooring is also a real attraction, with genuine wooden flooring or tiling providing an attractive aesthetic as well as practical durability.

8)Kerb appeal

Make the external of your home more eye-catching to buyers. Everybody looks at the front of a house first, online, in brochures or in person. A freshly painted exterior, new front doors and windows or flowers in the front garden could really boost your home’s selling potential.

9) A large kitchen with integrated appliances

Many of us enjoy entertaining friends and family, whilst cooking our latest speciality. What better way to do this than with a large open plan kitchen/dining room, where you can cook and socialise at the same time? Integrated appliances and fashionably simplistic white or grey handleless units are currently very popular.

10) A luxury bathroom 

White bathroom suites offer a timeless quality and there are many styles which appeal to house buyers. A minimalist, Victorian or Georgian style bathroom with a roll-top bath could prove to be a real attraction. Showers are a superb convenience but a nice relaxing bath presents that something special.

11) A master bedroom with an en suite

An ever-popular attraction, the en suite is a luxury which appeals to every generation, especially as it provides that added sense of privacy and convenience in a busy family home.

12) The cosy fireplace

When the long winter nights draw in, the warmth of a fireplace is easy to appreciate. An open fireplace has a hearty appeal, whilst a feature fireplace is a perfect addition to a comfortable lounge or a snug family room.

13) Glazing

The benefits of double and triple glazing are multiple; it not only shields from the cold during winter nights but also protects from any surrounding noise pollution and presents more attractive windows and doors.

14) Patio doors

It is easy to appreciate how an attractive set of glazed doors can enhance a room, letting in plenty of natural light and a sense of added space. A sliding patio door, a set of french doors or even a modern bi-folding door is an alluring feature in any property.

15) A conservatory

What better way to present your garden than with a conservatory. An ideal spot to enjoy cooler sunny weather and the perfect place to entertain guests. Add double glazing and central heating to the conservatory and you have a comfortable room that is ideal for use whatever the weather.

16) Gas central heating

There is nothing like reliable gas central heating to keep our home warm and cosy! Some of us might take gas central heating for granted, but the more mature buyer definitely finds this a reassuring feature.

17) Good broadband connection

Having an internet connection is fairly common now, but it is speed and reliability that people are looking for. If your property is located in a rural area with a great internet connection, this presents a real added bonus for buyers.

18) Security features

There is nothing like the reassurance of an alarm system to safeguard your family and worldly possessions, so perhaps it is unsurprising that many buyers value this feature. Security lighting and CCTV are also a real draw, as well as a friendly neighbourhood watch scheme.

19) Storage space

With so many sentimental keepsakes and useful items, we want to keep for use at a later date, it is easy to understand why storage space is so high in demand. Convenient storage cupboards and shelving appeal to buyers, helping to keep homes clutter free.

20) Energy efficiency

In a world where climate change is an issue, energy prices and resources must be taken into consideration, so it makes sense that buyers desire high energy efficiency in the home. Wall and loft space insulation is an ideal way of saving home energy, as well as solar panels, which can generate a tax-free income.

So there you have it, my top 20 features for the home! Please keep in mind that not every change will increase the value of your property and if you are considering changes to your home, such as extending or converting your property, feel free to contact your local branch for advice. 

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