Post-Covid buyers say having a garden is top priority

Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2020

Outdoor space is now Britain's top priority when it comes to buying a house, according to personal finance comparison website finder.com.

The study asked respondents to select their top 3 priorities when buying a new home and, perhaps influenced by the recent lockdown, 1 in 3 Brits (33%) said having a garden, and the size of their outdoor space, was one of their most sought-after features.

Size is the second most important factor, with 28% of Brits also listing it as one of their top 3 considerations when buying a home. A quarter (24%) said that parking was a top priority, making it the third most important quality for Brits on the property market.

Outdoor space proved to be the main attraction for most generations, with millennials (27%), Gen X (35%), Boomers (40%) and the silent generation (31%) all listing it as their most commonly sought-after feature when it comes to buying a new house. Bucking the trend were Gen Z, with 29% listing good transport in their top 3 priorities, making it the most popular feature for that generation.

The least important factors for Brits looking to buy a home were how the local housing market is performing, and the cost of insuring the property, with only 2% of respondents saying either of these options were one of their top 3 priorities. Interestingly, only 4% of respondents said that being close to childcare was important to them making this the third least popular consideration.

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