Top 10 most sought-after property features by buyers and renters this year

Are you on the hunt for your dream home or looking to rent a space that perfectly suits your lifestyle? According to the experts at Rightmove, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most sought-after features that are currently capturing the attention of property seekers. Whether you’re a buyer with a vision for a renovation project or a renter in search of modern conveniences, these preferences are shaping the real estate landscape.

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So, here we’ll take a quick look at the top 10 most sought-after features for both buyers and renters according to Rightmove.

Buyers wish list


Renovation project (fixer-upper)
Many adventurous buyers are on the lookout for a project they can truly make their own. Properties in need of renovation, often referred to as “fixer-uppers” or those requiring refurbishment, are in high demand. These homes present an opportunity to create a unique living space that reflects personal style and come with a smaller price tag.

New boiler
Home comfort and efficiency are paramount, and a new boiler is a welcome sight for buyers. It not only ensures a warm and cosy home but straight away buyers know they will save on energy bills and the cost of replacing one any time soon.

Loft conversion
The potential for additional living space is an enticing feature for many buyers. A loft conversion can transform an underutilised area into a functional bedroom, office, playroom/entertainment space 

Storage space
Clutter-free living is a universal aspiration. Adequate storage space, whether in the form of walk-in wardrobes or well-designed cupboards, is highly sought after.

Properties with cellars provide extra storage options and can even be transformed into a wine cellar, a home cinema, or game room.

Double glazing
Energy efficiency is on everyone’s mind, and double glazing is a top choice for its insulation benefits. It keeps the home cosy during winter and helps reduce heating costs.

On the flipside to buying a “fixer-upper” buyers with little time to commit prefer new build properties or properties that have undergone recent renovations or refurbishments. A fresh, modern interior can be a significant selling point to buyers that want to move in and settle in straight away.

Chain free
The prospect of a smooth and uncomplicated purchase is appealing to many buyers. “Chain free” properties eliminate the complexities associated with long property chains.

Outdoor space, be it a cosy courtyard or a spacious garden, is a must have for those who love to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of their own home.

Near station
Proximity to public transport is a convenience that greatly enhances the appeal of a property. Easy access to trains and buses simplifies daily commuting.

Renters wish list


Double glazing
As mentioned earlier, double glazing is a popular choice for renters too. It not only improves insulation, reduces bills, but also reduces noise from outside, creating a more peaceful living environment.

Smart tech
In the age of smart technology, renters appreciate the convenience of controlling their home’s heating and other systems remotely. Smart heating systems can save energy and money while providing a comfortable atmosphere.

Near station
Convenience is key, and easy access to public transport makes daily commuting a breeze for renters.

Parking space
For those with vehicles, a dedicated parking space can be a game-changer. It eliminates the hassle of searching for parking and provides peace of mind.

Especially for flats and apartments additional living space or storage in the form of a basement is a valuable feature for renters.

New boiler
Renters, like buyers, appreciate the reliability and energy efficiency of a new boiler and knowing that their bills are likely to be lower.

A shed can serve as extra storage or a workspace, appealing to renters who enjoy gardening, DIY projects or have hobbies such as cycling.

Renters value extra space, and an attic can be transformed into a cosy hideaway, home office, playroom, or an extra place to keep items hidden away that they don’t need this time round.

Energy efficient
Properties designed with energy efficiency in mind can result in lower utility bills, making them an attractive option for renters. While the cost of renting is increasing, renters are looking at other ways to save money.

Open plan
An open plan layout creates a sense of spaciousness and allows for flexible use of living areas, catering to modern lifestyles.

The preferences of buyers and renters are evolving with the times, emphasising energy efficiency, convenience, and versatility. By considering these top 10 features, it may help you to make an informed choice and find a property that truly suits your needs and wants. If you’re a homeowner or landlord, knowing what’s in demand can help you tailor your property and features to include in your listing to attract the right buyers or tenants.


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