Parking takes top spot of moving house concerns

Home owners have revealed the top 50 things that are most important
to them when moving house, with concern about regular buses and the
proximity to good friends coming near the top of the list.

The study from Yale found the number one concern was whether parking outside the house would be easy, while the second biggest was what the council tax banding is.

However, issues of security came below the types of supermarkets nearby and how much decorating is required.

Nigel Fisher, MD of Yale, 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.

“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 found another key concern was broadband speed for a third of those polled, while 48 per cent said how noisy the neighbours are would also be a factor.

Some 23 per cent don’t want to move into a property that has young children who are likely to scream living next door, while 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.


1. If parking outside is going to be easy

2. The council tax banding

3. How much it would cost you in total

4. How noisy the neighbours are

5. How recently the boiler was fitted

6. What the local crime rates are like

7. Where the nearest supermarket is

8. What the neighbours are like

9. Do the radiators work properly?

10. Whether there are local regular buses

11. Broadband speed

12. Proximity to the nearest doctors’ surgery

13. Is the home energy efficient?

14. How far away my friends I’d live

15. What types of supermarkets are nearby

16. How long / short the new commute will be

17. How much decorating I’d have to do before the house felt like your own

18. What the removal costs would be

19. How far away from mum and dad I’d live

20. Changing my address on everything

21. Whether I could fit all of my belongings in the new house

22. Will there be enough plug sockets (and where you need them)

23. Whether the property is close enough for existing friends to still visit

24. Whether the immediate neighbours have young children who are likely to scream

25. Whether the carpets will need replacing straight away

26. Is there enough space for a dishwasher?

27. The ‘class’ of the neighbours

28. Whether the sofa will fit through the patio doors / front door

29. How good the phone reception is

30. Whether there are large imposing trees overlooking the property

31. If my current furniture will look good in the new house

32. Switching all the utility suppliers

33. If the garden is a suitable size for the dog to run around in

34. How much the building insurance would be

35. Proximity to the nearest primary / secondary schools

36. How much I’d have to clean before moving in

37. Whether there is a utility room or somewhere to put the laundry

38. Whether we can get a king sized bed

39. How easy it’ll be to get the bins out

40. Whether the neighbours can see me if I sunbathe in the garden

41. Whether there is an en-suite bathroom

42. Whether street lights are going to shine in my bedroom window

43. Whether the home security is up to scratch

44. Who should have which bedroom

45. Whether there are children in the local area

46. Whether there is a room large enough to host a house party

47. What colour to paint the lounge

48. Whether your existing curtains would fit the new windows

49. Whether I can easily wash the car near the house

50. What colour to paint the kitchen