Fast broadband, at least two toilets and off-road parking are among the features that have become essentials for many property buyers. A new survey commissioned by, has revealed the top 20 things people look for in a new home, with central heating, double glazing and a garden unsurprisingly leading the way. But more modern factors – such as a strong internet connection, clear mobile phone signal and enough living space for a large flat-screen television – are also priorities for buyers.

Kevin Shaw, national sales director at property specialist Leaders, says: “New technology and modern design standards have changed the way people think about the place they live and what they expect when buying a new home.

“Many people are looking for a property that boasts fast broadband and a good mobile phone signal, meaning sellers who can offer these should realise these factors have become a major selling point.

“It is also interesting to note that a strong performance when it comes to energy efficiency is another must for buyers. This shows the importance of investing in eco-friendly solutions such as solar panels, cavity wall insulation and a high-specification boiler.”

Respondents to the survey also said they wanted ample electric sockets, friendly neighbours, a driveway or dedicated parking space, secure doors and windows, a dining room and a bath. Surprisingly, in these days of mobile technology, buyers still insisted that a land line telephone is also a must. To find out more, visit property experts leaders at