Home Renter and Buyer Requirements

Post Lockdown Buyer and Renter Requirements

Want to add value to your buy-to-let home for the post-lockdown boom? According to our study, make sure to highlight gardens, natural light and large bedrooms!

With Brits across the country continuing to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, spending all that time indoors has encouraged millions to take up DIY projects in a bid to improve the overall surroundings of their new offices.

In order to uncover shifts in the UK’s most valuable and desired home features, CIA Landlord asked 1000 Brits what they’re looking for in their next home post-lockdown. 

Ranked: The UK’s Most Desired Post-Lockdown Home Features
Garden

Gardens have been revealed as the most popular feature Brits are looking for in their next home, followed by lots of natural light and large bedrooms. The importance of having an outdoor space to enjoy during lockdown has made its mark with over 44% of Brits wanting their own piece of nature in their next home. 

The survey revealed that for a home with these 10 most desired features, Brits would pay on average a whopping £89,942 more on top of their current budget!

Rank

Home Feature

% of Brits Who Want this Feature

1

A garden

44%

2

Lots of natural light

36%

3

Large bedroom

34%

4

Storage space

33%

5

Fast internet available

31%

6

Large living room

31%

7

Cleanliness

30%

8

En-suite bathroom

27%

9

Garage

26%

10

Several bedrooms

26%

Fast internet makes the top 5 features as thousands of Brits are spending lots of time at home for work making internet speed a very important factor.

Of the most popular features, a third of Brits also selected cleanliness as an important feature that will attract buyers.

More Than a Quarter of Brits Say New Carpets, Lights and Home Offices Will Add the Most Value to Homes This Year!Home Plants

New carpets, lights and a home office adds the most value to a home according to Brits who ranked popular DIY projects that have taken up during lockdown.

When asked what DIY improvements or amenities would add value to a home, newly painted ceilings & front doors and even plants made the top 10 most valuable to implement on a budget too.

Rank

Home Feature

Percentage of Brits

1

New carpet

37%

2

Lights

28%

3

Home office

27%

4

New curtains

21%

5

Painted front door

20%

6

Garden furniture

20%

7

Laminate worktops

19%

8

Painted ceiling

18%

9

Sink renovation

18%

10

Plants

16%

Brits Looking to Spend on Average £324,701 on a Post-Lockdown Home in the Next Year

According to our findings, the average home price for the UK post-lockdown will be £324,701 in the next year.

The gap between different genders owning homes is also apparent with British men looking to buy a home worth on average £362,404 versus females at £284,025.

Average Home Price Budget By Age

The above table identifies the average house prices by age group in the next year, with Gen Z’s looking to spend £232,813 vs. boomers at over £292,722. The highest age bracket will be 45 to 54 year olds looking to spend an average of £340,278!

Countryside, Quiet Roads and Beaches Revealed as the Most Desired Post-Lockdown Areas for UK Buyers and Renters

Over the next year, the housing market will notice an increase in areas that are away from the hustle and bustle of highly populated areas.

There will be a shift in those living from the suburbs to further in the countryside with commuter towns noticing a further decrease as well.

Rank

Home Area

Brits Current Living Situation

Desired Area Post-Lockdown

Percentage Difference

1

The countryside

16%

26%↑

10%

2

On a quiet road

26%

35%↑

9%

3

Near a beach

11%

18%↑

7%

4

Near friends

16%

20%↑

4%

5

Near your or another resident’s place of work

12%

15%↑

3%

6

Near family

20%

22%↑

2%

7

City centre

17%

18%↑

1%

8

Near shops

29%

29%

0%

9

Near a park

27%

25%↓

-2%

10

Commuter town

13%

10%↓

-3%

11

The suburbs or just outside a city

22%

18%↓

-4%

12

Near a pub/ restaurant

24%

19%↓

-5%

13

My family home

19%

14.%↓

-5%

14

Town/ village

31%

25%↓

-6%

15

On a busy road

14%

7%↓

-7%

Half of Brits Want to Move to Quiet Neighbourhoods, Low Crime-Rate Areas and Be Close to Amenities Post-LockdownQuite Neighbourhood

When it comes to what type of neighbourhood Brits are looking to move to, the most important features go hand in hand with the type of areas Brits are looking for. A large percentage of brits want to move to areas that are quiet with almost a quarter wanting to be close to a hospital as well.

Rank

Neighbourhood

Percentage of Brits Who Want To Live Here

1

Quiet neighbourhood

50%

2

Low crime-rate area

48%

3

Close to amenities

44%

4

Good parking or off road parking

43%

5

Close to hospital, GP or pharmacy

21%

6

Close to specific school

17%

7

Lively neighbourhood

16%

8

Close to swimming pool, gym or sports facilities

16%

9

Not far from current home

16%

10

Private neighbourhood or gated estate

15%        

Cottage, Urban Modern, Neutral and Coastal Revealed as the Most Popular Interior Design Styles for Homes Post-LockdownCottage Home

Analysing the most popular design styles that Brits want post lockdown, more than a quarter of Brits are looking for homes that are either cottage, urban modern, neutral or coastal styles as the top 4 interior styles.

Interior Style Preference

Percentage of Brits

Cottage

27%

Urban Modern

27%

Neutral

26%

Coastal

26%

Farmhouse

21%

Scandinavian

17%

Mid-Century Modern

14%

None of these

13%

Industrial

11%

Bohemian

11%

Shabby Chic

11%

When analysing regional preferences, Londoners opt for a more urban modern style while residents in Nottingham are looking for a coastal getaway style. Cottage style homes are the most popular in East Anglia, the South West, Wales and Yorkshire while neutral homes take the top spot in the North West, Scotland and the West Midlands.

Region

Interior Style Preference

Percentage of Brits

East Anglia

Cottage

34%

East Midlands

Coastal

35%

London

Urban Modern

36%

North East

Coastal

37%

North West

Neutral

31%

Scotland

Neutral

26%

South East

Mid-Century Modern

24%

South West

Cottage

30%

Wales

Cottage

28%

West Midlands

Neutral

31%

Yorkshire and the Humber

Cottage

31%

These Are the Worst Colours to Use in Your Post Lockdown Home, According to BritsPink House

Our survey revealed the colours that were least popular to Brits that should be avoided when looking at upscaling your buy-to-let home. Pink, Turquoise and Indigo revealed as the least popular colours with less that 3% of Brits wanting these colours. 

Home Colour

Percentage of Brits Who DON’T Want This Colour

Pink

98%

Turquoise

97%

Indigo

97%

Aquamarine

96%

Maroon

96%

Cyan

96%

Violet

96%

Purple

96%

Lime

96%

Methodology

In order to uncover the most important home features for Brits post lockdown we partnered with One Poll to survey over 1000 Brits who are looking to rent or buy a home in the next year in July 2020.

Data

Full data available upon request.

Notes to Editors:

If you’re interested in covering our study, we only ask to please refer back to this study with a link to this post.

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