Our neighbours new bungalow has been with the current estate agents for around a month and has now sold subject to contract. There has been a lot of interest in it and we have spoken to some of the prospective buyers. They have not been put off by the ASHP and UFH and have liked it's position with good views and the outside appearance of the building.
We're trying to sell our house and the viewings have been about 1 and a half hours each. 2 couples have come back for a second hour and a half viewing, so that's 3 hours each so far. Of course that will be after hours and hours spent trawling through estate agents details trying to find something vaguely suitable.
For me it's location, location, location, distantly followed by floor size and amenability to be modified to suit us, be we aren't in the market for this sort of house.
Broadband does seem to be important; both potential buyers asked about it and I see one estate of crammed together rabbit hutches near here are making a feature of fibre connection being provided.
I think that's right. It's said that you know whether it's 'the one' almost immediately and once people get that feeling they are prepared to overlook several things to secure the house. Apparently people spend approximately 27 minutes viewing the biggest purchase of their life, less time than they take to buy a smartphone, a car, or choosing a holiday.
Re the home-working trend, I have always favoured a location overlooking the entrance, or perhaps an oriel window off a landing, big enough to take the basics of an office etc...Also part of the body of the kirk! I favour a bay off the kitchen/diner, much as Bailie Scott seemed to produce. If you can afford the operation, a bay or corner bay does add to the character. For interesting appeal I do feel glimpses (or at least opportunity of) to other activities are good for character...as are internal windows.
Getting a bit designery. but it is about character...nobody really wants just a cluster of rooms. Utility room is useful, but larders get a big plus these days...dedicated books on the theme.
I suppose being aware of fashion is important...I would buy a few issues of Elle Decoration for some of the latest trends. A friend who has furniture made abroad (cheap) tells me oak will soon be out, painted finishes are in...various greys of course! That's the furniture market mind, but may include kitchens and doors soon...who knows?
Reminds me of the house at the top of our road. Previously marketed as an "Eco House" (I think because it had the cheapest available triple glazing) that had an EPC rating of D. It is always the first house in the road that the snow melts off the roof, and the people that bought it keep complaining at the high heating bills.
A friend of SWMBO down south was looking for a new house. They looked at a detached house with a small paddock. It had solar PV on the original higher rate FIT. I advised them it was a good buy. But they then pulled out of the purchase because the survey raised doubts about the roof structure being able to support the extra weight of the PV panels. they also did not like the overhead power lines passing over the paddock. They ended up buying a semi detached house instead. There is no accounting for buyers behavior.