Size and safety remain top of the list for UK homeowners

Posted on Friday, March 26, 2021

Our homes are more than just a roof over our heads, they are an extension of our lifestyle and individual personalities, yet despite the ability to tailor every aspect of our property to our specific needs, you can't beat the basics.

The latest research by estate agent comparison site,, has highlighted how reflecting this personal touch within our homes is important to the majority of homeowners.

Whether we’re tech-savvy, environmentally conscious, hands-on, green-fingered, social butterflies or health freaks, our homes are the hub in which we put our own personal stamp on the world. Today, this stamp goes way beyond a lick of paint personalised to our own pallette and we have the ability to tailor every little detail to our own taste.

Getting on the property ladder is the main aspiration for many and GetAgent’s research shows that simply achieving this is enough for 38% of homeowners, with them finding it unimportant that their home reflects their wider lifestyle.

However, for 45% of homeowners, it is important and a further 17% went as far as to say that it’s very important that their home fits with how they live. It’s clear that lifestyle integration ranks high for many homeowners but when it comes to the most important features of a home, there’s no beating the basics.

The firm asked those surveyed to rank the most important things to them in a property and top of the pile was safety, with 24% stating it took priority. Size was the second most important at 20%, a priority that has been pushed to the top in recent months due to lockdown restrictions. Energy efficiency also ranked high, with 19% stating it was the most important aspect of a home.

8% placed garage and workspace and traditional property features as the most important feature of a house, with 6% prioritising a great garden.

Social spaces such as a home bar ranked top for 4%, while state of the art media system integration, smart home technology integration and exercise amenities were the most important for just 3% of homeowners.

Colby Short, Founder and CEO of, commented: “There’s no doubting we’re a house proud nation but the definition of being house proud has certainly evolved over the years. Gone are the days of presenting a pristine show home to impress friends and family and today, we love to put our own unique stamp on our properties in all manner of ways.

"For some, it’s energy-efficient improvements such as solar panels, for others a space to get their hands dirty working on their latest project is important. Others prefer to entertain, while the latest technology integration or entertainment system makes some of us tick.

"Whatever it is, we love to spend time at home doing the things we love and so it’s no surprise that they’ve become more of an extension of who we are rather than simply a roof over our heads.”


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