New homeowners prioritise energy features

Energy efficient central heating and double glazing are seen as the most essential features of a property. That’s according to a new survey from Gocompare.com, which asked the British public […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Energy efficient central heating and double glazing are seen as the most essential features of a property.

That’s according to a new survey from Gocompare.com, which asked the British public what they look for when buying a new house.

Central heating topped the list after 69% said it was a must-have and double glazing followed closely behind with 68%.

Having access to plenty of electrical sockets came lower down the list at 54%, as did having a good Energy Performance Certificate rating, at 46%.

Strong security and good broadband were the top non-energy related things wanted by house-buyers.

Open plan kitchens, living areas and period features all failed to make the top 20.

Only 13% of respondents said good local schools were an essential factor when buying a new home.