House moving priorities revealed

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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 home security specialist 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.