There may well come a time, no matter how much you love your current house, when you want to up sticks and move somewhere else. Perhaps you want to start a family, perhaps you’ve got a new job and need to move away, or perhaps you just feel like a fresh new start somewhere else. Whatever the reason, doing all you can to maximise the potential of your home is certainly advisable if you want to clinch that sale and get the top asking price for the property.

New research from has just revealed the top 20 must-have features that buyers look for when thinking about purchasing a new home, with the top five revealed as being central heating, double glazing, a garden, secure doors and windows, and a driveway or dedicated parking space.

“We found that many potential buyers are prioritising efficiency, security and connectivity over aesthetic features. This suggests that modern buyers are buying with their heads rather than their hearts and that investing in things like a new boiler, additional electrical sockets or modernising your home’s insulation could be a smarter investment than traditional selling points such as period features or conservatories,” the price comparison site’s Matt Sanders said.

Central heating is certainly a big plus and not one that buyers are likely to be happy to live without. You could also up the ante somewhat by having low energy underfloor heating installed as well, which would certainly make your house more appealing. One of the major pros about having this kind of heating is that it’s more efficient because the heat is distributed more evenly – certainly something to bear in mind!

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