Surprisingly, the proximity to shops topped the list, with 46% of people saying it was the most important thing they looked for when buying a house. Family came a close second with 41% wanting to keep local to their family ties.
Commute was always going to be a biggie, with 41% saying it was the most important thing on their list. And being close to public transport was the priority for 31% of people, while distance to schools came in unpredictably low at just 24%.
There were clear priorities that influenced decisions, built-in storage was a must-have for 17%, with 13% saying they’d be swayed by modern décor and 20% not wanting to do any DIY at all.
When it came to signing on the dotted line, almost a quarter of buyers relied on gut instinct to drive their decision, while one in ten let their partner have the final say. However, the lowest score on the wish list was kerb appeal, with only 11% of people bothered about what a property looked like from the outside.
We’ve developed a scorecard to help focus your search. Consider what makes a location right for you, how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want, right through to how much DIY you’re prepared to take on, then add up your ticks and start your search.