Kerb appeal key when buying a house in Sheffield, says study

More than three in five people admit a property’s kerb appeal is an essential factor when considering buying a house, with 64% saying they care about an attractive exterior.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:30 pm

Chipped paint, single-glazed windows or damaged doors are off-putting for potential Sheffield buyers, with 46% saying an unattractive exterior would still put them off, even if the interior was appealing.

The study from, the consumer advice site from the Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF), also revealed 63% were deterred by damaged exterior windowsills or frames.

Furthermore, 72% would avoid booking a viewing for a house on a busy road, and more than one-third admit liking the colour and style of the front door is essential when buying or viewing.

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Wellbeing was also a key factor with over three-quarters of residents admitting that natural light is important when looking for a new home as it helps with their overall happiness.

While eco-friendly features are also priority, with 40% saying they wouldn’t view or buy a house that didn’t have double or triple glazing, energy-efficient doors, insulation or low carbon heat.

James Lee, communications director at, said: “The pandemic has not only seen a spike in home improvements, but also in people looking to buy new properties, which is inevitable as the time spent at home has significantly increased.

“While it’s reassuring to see the home improvement sector and property market surge, it’s crucial to still follow the appropriate health and safety practices. To help, we have created a safe guide for homeowners to ensure those looking to buy and upgrade or simply renovate their existing home stay safe during the entire process.”

On other influential factors when booking a viewing/buying a new home, the survey found that:

· Three-quarters said that outdoor space was imperative for booking a viewing/buying

· Having the ability to maximise the use of space and the opportunity to create a multi-functional space is a key factor for 61% of those surveyed

· More than half of people surveyed said that single-glazed windows would put them off from viewing/buying a home

On general consumer thoughts on home improvements, the research revealed:

· With many spending more time at home due to lockdown, two-in-three people surveyed said having a comfortable home space is more important now than it was before the pandemic

· 63% are making a conscious effort to make their home energy efficient when renovating

· Having better ventilation in the home is imperative for 45%

On renovations in the current climate, the research uncovered:

· 71% confirmed it's important they like and enjoy all of their home's features now they’re spending more time at home

· 61% agreed that they would rather use a local builder recommended by a friend or neighbour

· 31% admit they are investing in their home this year, rather than going on holiday

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