5 Things Buyers Search For When Looking At New Homes

As a vendor, you need to know what buyers search for when looking at new homes. While you know your property and there will be features you appreciate, at this stage, it doesn’t matter what you like or admire about your home. You must present your house in a way that appeals to buyers, and if you can align critical features of your home to the items buyers want in a home, you improve your chances of achieving success.

In the past year, Rightmove has offered a search facility on site, allowing users to narrow their search and focus on the most suitable homes. This has been a great boon for buyers, but it has also helped vendors learn about buyers intentions and what they desire in a house. Rightmove has issued the leading terms used by buyers, and if your home has some of these features, you have a fantastic opportunity to engage buyers.

Do you know what buyers search for when looking at homes?

The Top 5 search terms used by buyers on the Rightmove site are:

  1. Garage
  2. Annexe
  3. Acre
  4. Garden
  5. Detached

Of course, there is also the fact that everyone searching property on sites like Rightmove aren’t necessarily buying a home. A lot of people like to idle away the hours looking at houses and imagining their dream home. Therefore, it is more likely that people are going to use terms like garden, acre and detached because they are looking for something grander and apart from the standard range of houses on the market.

buyer listing

However, there is a realisation that space is essential for buyers, and if you can offer space to buyers at home, you should make this clear. The importance of keywords in your property listing cannot be overstated. Unless you make sure your property is seen by people who are likely to have an interest in the house, they won’t see it.

The way that property portals are used

Miles Shipside is the Property Expert for Rightmove, and he said; “Conventional wisdom points to the fact that garages are still valued by buyers and that’s because they have so much potential. They’re great for storage and can also be converted into living space. Regarding annexes, some families are seeing the opportunity of running one larger property rather than two. An annexe for a teenager has its benefits as it offers space, responsibility and independence as they have their quarters and keeps their noise at a distance from their parents. Of course, there is also the option of gaining a rental income by letting the annexe out, but I’d advise seeking all the appropriate guidance regarding tax and tenancies first.”

Any homeowner looking to make home improvements, and who can afford to do so, may wish to consider the factors buyers search on, and see if they can incorporate these elements into their home.

If you want to ensure your property is promoted most effectively, contact Williams of Petersfield. We’re delighted to say we’ve helped many local homeowners sell their home, and we look forward to assisting you as best we can.

What Makes A Forever Home?

When it comes to the property market, there is a lot of focus on first-time buyers. In recent times, there has also been a growing level of interest in last-time buyers, which is natural given the ageing population in the United Kingdom.

The movers in the middle of these groups receive less attention than other buyers, but they are still relevant concerning the housing market. Many households in this area are on the lookout for their forever home. As the name suggests, a forever home is the property where people are supposed to settle down and stay for many years. First-time buyers aren’t looking for their forever home, they want to get on to the property ladder, and it is essential to know that there are differences between properties and your outlook.

A forever home has a dependable design

It should go without saying that a forever home has a design and style that you can rely on for many years. A lot of this is down to functionality, as you want to be confident about the structure of the property. Be sure to look out for cracks, dampness and foundation issues, or at least enlist the services of someone who will spot these problems on your behalf. This information is crucial in property transactions.

A forever home offers the flexibility of space

Your needs for today and the near future may be very different from your needs for decades to come. Therefore, a forever home is one that has the potential to be flexible. A child’s playroom in your current house could become a gym or home office in the future. If you welcome guests, will you have enough space to meet different needs?

Your forever home is about more than just the house

For you to feel truly settled, you will need to feel comfortable in your surroundings. The impact neighbours have on how you feel at home is enormous, and you want to settle in an area where you feel a sense of community.

Transport, educational facilities and shops matter when you are looking for your ideal house, but you also need a community where you belong and can have an influence. The perfect location for you may be entirely unsuitable for another person, and of course, you need to have an eye on the future.

If you have a young family, or you don’t yet have a family, but you intend to, look for a house in an area that provides you with a wide range of attractions and activities for kids of all ages.

Buyers need to think about what they need from a forever home before they purchase property, but vendors should also consider what people need from a forever home. If you have a house that can meet the needs of buyers, you are likely to attract attention and interest.

Anyone looking to sell their home will find that Williams of Petersfield is on hand to offer support and guidance, so please get in touch.