Do you own a detached home, a bungalow, or perhaps a property with a garage? The property portal Zoopla has recently revealed the specific features house-hunters are looking for when they search for a new home, and you may find that your property has exactly what they’re looking for!
Zoopla’s research even looked at the search terms used in different regions and discovered that those searching for a new home in Wales were hoping to snap up properties with the below key features.
1 – Detached
Unsurprisingly, ‘detached’ was the most popular term searched for on Zoopla. Although you may love your neighbours, many of us dream of owning a detached property in a friendly community but set within our own private space.
2 – Garage
Many of our buyers are requesting properties with a garage; this isn’t just so they can park their car away at night, often it’s for extra storage, as we all seem to have more ‘stuff’ than ever before! Garages are also sometimes used as an extra room, perhaps as a gym or an office.
3 – Bungalow
Downsizing has become increasingly popular, particularly in some of our areas, such as Caerleon, where we see many people looking to downsize to a bungalow without leaving their preferred location. You may think of a bungalow as a smaller property, usually ideal for the older generation, but you will also find many detached luxury bungalows set in the countryside with impressive facilities and views.
4 – Parking
A little less exciting but equally important is parking. Buyers have shown how important where they park is, as ‘parking’ has reached number four in the most-searched words in Wales on Zoopla. Parking has become essential, as most homeowners have at least two cars per property. It’s seen as a luxury to have a driveway to park your car on, not to mention the lower car insurance costs.
5 – Acres
A property with a certain amount of land is number five on the search list in Wales; however, throughout the rest of the UK this search term features much lower. We are proud to bring to the market many properties situated in their own grounds, often with countryside views.
6 – Annex
A property with an annex is sixth on the list, due to the increased number of people searching for a property to house their grown-up children before they step onto the property ladder themselves, or for grandparents as an alternative to expensive care homes. An annex can also be a great addition for lodgers, or those of you who work from home and need a separate space to work in.
The rest of the top ten most-searched words were cottage, land, rural, and sea view. Which words would make your top three?
If you have a criteria that you are basing your search for your next home on, we are here to help. Hathways is a local company run by local people; you can contact our team via email, phone or pop into your local branch to tell us exactly what you’re looking for. When a property comes to the market that matches your requirements, we’ll call you straight away to book a viewing.