Homebuyers are more likely to turn to their friends and family for help and support during their move than their estate agent or solicitor, according to research conducted by Halifax.
Other findings from the survey revealed a garden is the most important feature when buyers are searching for a property. Nearly a third ‘ 30% ‘ of homeowners put a garden at the top of their ‘must have’ list. This figure rose to 40% among 35 to 44-year-olds.
Almost a fifth of buyers demand a minimum of three bedrooms when looking for a property. Other valued features included a garage, good location, a large kitchen and off-street parking.
Jane Pidgeon, managing director of Halifax Estate Agents, said the research highlighted the impact the media has had. ‘TV programmes such as Ground Force and Changing Rooms have had a major impact on how people view their ideal property,’ she said.