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Buyers care little for period features

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Just 7% of house hunters believe period features are essential when choosing which property to buy.

Research by price comparison website Go Compare found that only one in every 15 people placed importance on period features.

Central heating topped the list of ‘must haves’ with 78% of buyers feeling a full heating system is vital. Secure windows and doors (73%) and double glazing (72%) rounded out the top three.

Fast and reliable broadband was also rated highly among buyers with 70% of would-be buyers demanding a quick internet connection.

Significantly more people surveyed wanted space for a 42” television (40%) than rated an open fireplace (14%).

Go Comapre’s Ben Wilson said technology was playing an increasingly important role among buyers.

“When it comes to looking for a new home, our survey suggests that modern house-hunters prioritise warmth, security and technology over traditional fireplaces and other period features,” he said.

“Given the cost of gas and electricity in the last few years and the rise in the cost of living generally, energy efficiency has become an increasingly important consideration with double glazing and cavity wall insulation making it into the top 20 ‘must-have’ home features.

“The increasing role that technology and in-home entertainment plays in our everyday lives is also apparent. In particular, access to a good broadband connection and mobile phone signal were both ranked highly – making them ‘modern home essentials’.”


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