The most desirable property 'extras' revealed

When it comes to a little something extra to seal the sale of a property, solar panels are apparently top of the list.

Solar panels have surprisingly been named as the most desirable property ‘extra’ in a new survey.

The research, by ING Direct, asked people what smaller things – excluding basics such as price, location and condition – would tip them towards a particular property.

And it seems many people are attracted by the idea of having an energy-generating installation at home, with 38% of those surveyed saying it would be their number one extra.

Over 360,000 homes now use solar power, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Energy, which is a fourfold increase on last year.

Weekly bin collections and a satellite TV connection came in joint second place.  Many councils have moved to fortnightly bin collections to save money and encourage more recycling.

Here are the top ten most desirable property extras:

  1. Solar panels
  2. Weekly bin collections
  3. Satellite TV connection
  4. Greenhouse
  5. Walk-in wardrobe
  6. Good 3G signal
  7. Giant bathtub
  8. Outdoor power supply
  9. Pantry or larder
  10. Garden pond

With so many mobile phones in use, it’s a surprise to see a good phone signal only in sixth place, particularly as it would mean you’d need to switch provider if it was poor.

Apparently dining room hatches were the most popular extra in the 1960s, while double glazing was the most desirable mod-con in the 80s.

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