Homeowners Reveal the Top 50 Priorities when Moving House
Home security is 43rd on the list of things we think about when moving house – with Brits more concerned about whether there are regular buses and the proximity to good friends.
A new study of 2,000 adults who have moved house reveals the top 50 things people tend to think about when changing address.
It shows the number one priority for all is whether parking outside the house will be easy, while the second biggest concern is what the council tax banding is.
But the issue of home security comes extremely low on the list, below considerations such as what types of supermarkets are nearby and how much decorating is required.
Family minded Brits are also far more concerned about how close they’ll be to mum and dad than how safe they’ll be in the new property.
Nigel Fisher, MD of Yale, which conducted the study said: “We weren’t expecting home security to be the first thing on people’s minds when moving house, but it has come much lower in the top 50 list than we’d have predicted.
“On the one hand it is reassuring that ‘what the local crime rates are like’ has appeared in the top 10, as this would suggest some level of concern about safety.
“But we would always advise checking out the local neighbourhood for signs of well-maintained buildings. In addition, check door locks are up to insurance standards, and check windows and front doors for signs of break-ins.”
The report shows that when looking to buy a house, broadband speed is a key consideration for a third of those polled.
A further 48 per cent factor in how noisy the neighbours are likely to be, while the ‘class’ of neighbours is important to 22 per cent.
While 23 per cent don’t want to move into a property which has young children who are likely to scream living next door.
The distance to the nearest supermarket and also what chain of supermarkets are available matter to many, as does the proximity to the local doctors’ surgery.
Whether or not a king sized bed will fit in the master bedroom and if the neighbours can see me sunbathing in the garden are also considerations.
How long or short the commute will be, what colour to paint the lounge and whether the sofa will fit through the patio doors also feature in the top 50 list.
Of the 2,000 people polled, 36 per cent admit the last time they moved house they were more preoccupied about where things would go in the new property than home security.
And although now settled in their current property, 16 per cent don’t bother to lock the windows and doors every time they leave the house, while 70 per cent don’t have a burglar alarm.
A further 64 per cent admit they don’t have much outside lighting, 57 per cent don’t have any trusted neighbours to keep an eye on the property and 73 per cent don’t think to put lights and radios on timers when they go away.
Nigel Fisher continues: “According to the Home Office, figures have highlighted that you are almost twice as likely to be burgled in the first 12 months of being in a new home, so security should be at the forefront of people’s minds when moving.
“People often don’t consider who has keys to their home. If moving into a new property then it’s important to consider that the previous owner may have shared keys with neighbours, friends, family....so we recommend replacing your locks’ cylinder as one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods of protecting your home from intruders.”
TOP 50 MOVING PRIORITIES
1. If parking outside is going to be easy
2. The council tax banding
3. How much it would cost you in total
4. How noisy the neighbours are
5. How recently the boiler was fitted
6. What the local crime rates are like
7. Where the nearest supermarket is
8. What the neighbours are like
9. Do the radiators work properly?
10. Whether there are local regular buses
11. Broadband speed
12. Proximity to the nearest doctors’ surgery
13. Is the home energy efficient?
14. How far away my friends I'd live
15. What types of supermarkets are nearby
16. How long / short the new commute will be
17. How much decorating I'd have to do before the house felt like your own
18. What the removal costs would be
19. How far away from mum and dad I'd live
20. Changing my address on everything
21. Whether I could fit all of my belongings in the new house
22. Will there be enough plug sockets (and where you need them)
23. Whether the property is close enough for existing friends to still visit
24. Whether the immediate neighbours have young children who are likely to scream
25. Whether the carpets will need replacing straight away
26. Is there enough space for a dishwasher?
27. The 'class' of the neighbours
28. Whether the sofa will fit through the patio doors / front door
29. How good the phone reception is
30. Whether there are large imposing trees overlooking the property
31. If my current furniture will look good in the new house
32. Switching all the utility suppliers
33. If the garden is a suitable size for the dog to run around in
34. How much the building insurance would be
35. Proximity to the nearest primary / secondary schools
36. How much I'd have to clean before moving in
37. Whether there is a utility room or somewhere to put the laundry
38. Whether we can get a king sized bed
39. How easy it'll be to get the bins out
40. Whether the neighbours can see me if I sunbathe in the garden
41. Whether there is an en-suite bathroom
42. Whether street lights are going to shine in my bedroom window
43. Whether the home security is up to scratch
44. Who should have which bedroom
45. Whether there are children in the local area
46. Whether there is a room large enough to host a house party
47. What colour to paint the lounge
48. Whether your existing curtains would fit the new windows
49. Whether I can easily wash the car near the house
50. What colour to paint the kitchen