Nearly a third prefer quirky homes, like a church or refurbished stables – but almost a fifth are concerned about Wi-Fi connectivity in such a property
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According to research, one in five homebuyers are on the hunt for a property that is “unique” – with period features.
Gone are the days when property hunters craved modern homes, when research has uncovered quirky features that are increasingly desirable.
The study, which polled 2,000 adults aged 25-60 looking for a new home, found 12% are eyeing properties with renovated, non-traditional spaces in the home. – such as a stable, a church or even a windmill.
And concealed rooms or pre-built herb gardens are also on the 1/10 checklist.
More than 17% want an office in their garden, while more than 1 in 10 are looking for homes with basements.
Research commissioned by Internet provider TalkTalk also reveals why people look for something more unique, with 58% wanting their living space to reflect their personal style.
While nearly two in five want their assets to stand out above others.
It also appeared more than a third (37 per cent) preferred quirky homes, with 29 per cent claiming to have lived in a home they would describe as “unusual”.
Consumer champion and interior design presenter, Anna Richardson, who has partnered with TalkTalk, says: “When it comes to interior design, I’ve always loved the special – it’s the specials. Bold, unusual and unique make a home for me.
“While aesthetics are important, I often use multiple devices while my home flexes between being a work space, a gathering place for friends and family, and a cozy space to relax. watch my favorite shows”.
In one video, Anna Richardson tours two of the wackiest properties in the UK: The Cube and The Chapel.
She profiles the quaint features in each location and explores the proliferation of non-traditional features and unusual layouts, and shares her top tips for renovating smart spaces. often.
The study also found that the pandemic has changed what 20% of those surveyed are looking for in a new property.
But 65% are still looking for a home with more space, and nearly two in five look for homes close to where they work.
Another 45% said a fast, reliable internet connection in the local area is essential when looking for a new place to live.
And while homes with unusual designs are often attractive to potential buyers, they can also present challenges – as nearly one in five are concerned about Wi-Fi connectivity in a home with weird layout.
“Many of us are looking to expand our homes or take advantage of more unique living spaces,” said Jonathan Kini, executive director of TalkTalk Consumer and Live Business.
“Our total home Wi-Fi plans are strengthening UK Wi-Fi.”
QUIRKY FEATURES HOUSEHOLDERS LOOKING FOR OWNERSHIP:
- Period features
- Garden office
- Basement means basement
- Renovated, non-traditional indoor space
- Closed room
- Built-in herb garden
- Unusual layout i.e. unique floor plan, stairs in the middle of the room
ANNA RICHARDSON’S TIPS TO USE THE QUIRKY SPACE IN YOUR HOME:
- Raise ordinary power to make it extraordinary. Changing the location to your liking can be fun, economical, and good for the planet – and you’ll end up with a unique piece of furniture to boot. A suitcase can turn into a stylish table, a steel barrel can become a work of abstract art – the only limit is your imagination.
- The more daring the better. Whether it’s bright splashes, splashes of color or strong textures, transforming your home begins with boldness. Even repainting an old piece of furniture can add drama to a room and help bring lots of quirky spaces together with a cohesive theme.
- Don’t go bankrupt. If social media teaches us anything, it’s that Do It Yourself saves more than a dime. Some things are too complicated but with time and determination to learn new tricks you can work wonders. Reusing or repurposing materials can also save money and can add to the quirks if you find a hidden gem.
- Use your own experience. Having a quirky home is all about expressing your own personality. I love hunting down family mementos that have been passed down through the generations. I have on display my dad’s vintage crystal glasses, as well as my grandfather’s opera glasses – combining modern with vintage is my personal style of choice. Uniqueness comes from within, don’t let your home limit how you want to live. So while inspiration can be taken anywhere, don’t forget to sprinkle some of your own personality into it.
- Invest in a fast, reliable connection. There are many factors that can affect a good Wi-Fi connection, and unfortunately, living in a quirky home with an unusual layout or design could be one of them.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/household-bills/house-hunters-search-quirky-properties-26300472 One in five house hunters look for homes with 'uniqueness' - with must-have period features