Broadband a new property must as homeowners’ needs change

Access to the Internet has become a high priority for househunters as leisure activities shift, according to a survey just out. A good, reliable broadband connection – one strong enough for streaming films and TV – ranks above a TV signal and having enough space for a flatscreen TV, says the survey of househunter must-haves by

And although central heating, double glazing and a garden topped the list, the fact that 53% of respondents wanted a decent broadband connection speaks volumes about homeowners’ changing needs, according to Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry.

Elaine Kerr, Head of Property Services at Miller Hendry, commented:

 “It’s more important for househunters to have reliable broadband than it is for them to have a mobile phone signal, according to the findings of‘s survey. A good TV signal ranks lower than a broadband connection too. Clearly, homeowners’ needs are changing in parallel with the way people spend their leisure time. Rather than watching traditional TV programmes on a traditional screen, people are streaming films and television on different gadgets.”

Highly rated local schools and properties with period features failed to make the top 20, while home security (70%), offroad parking (58%) and rooms with a bath (57%) feature highly. Only 15% of those surveyed said access to good local schools was an essential factor in buying a new home.

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