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Vanessa Warwick Landlord and Co-Founder of PropertyTribes.com **If you have got value from Property Tribes, find out how you can support it in remaining a free to use community resource**
Comparison website GoCompare surveyed 1,000 tenants in June about their priorities when renting a property and then compared their ‘wants’ to 1,546 rental listings on Rightmove.Here are the results:
New research reveals:Five years of survey results showed that a desire for a more relaxed, accessible lifestyle lies behind the most popular reasons for moving home. Along with privacy, mentioned by 66% of respondents, access to local shops and amenities, digital connectivity and public transport are among the top reasons for moving.
Access to public transport was mentioned by significantly more respondents at 48% compared to 37% in 2013. Even in the digital age, more people wanted to be close to family and friends, up from 37% to 48%.
Walking to work was also seen an increasingly attractive option, up from 25% to 36%. This year’s survey also showed marked changes when it comes to the size and type of home respondents expected to move into in the future.‘Connectivity seems to be the key for British home movers in 2018. We want to be connected in all areas of our lives, digitally through our mobiles and laptops and physically to good transport links and local shops and leisure facilities. There is a growing requirement for connection, community and convenience,’ said Vanessa Hale, director of research at Strutt & Parker.
‘Since 2013, good broadband has jumped from 48% to 57% as a key motivation for moving. It is now seen as a necessity for many as it impacts on every area of our life, whether that be work or leisure, if we don’t have it at our fingertips,’ she pointed out.
‘This move towards connection also goes some way to explain why our survey shows that big city life has become more appealing to people. By their very nature, cities tend to offer a greater level of accessibility than smaller towns or villages. City dwellers don’t have long commutes to work and can enjoy walking to a local cafe or the gym. In today’s hectic times, this is the lifestyle many people want,’ she added.Full/source article
Fascinating read again. Many thanks. As far as connectivity, I'm glad that we are beyond the days of dial-up and 56k download speeds. The rollout of 5G in the new few years, and more importantly the strength of signal (so you can ditch the broadband and line rental) will be a key factor.
When I was renting I used to fix small repairs myself.I found that after the initial moving in LL or their agents just didn't want to know. Emails un-replied, phone to voice mail, any response of not acted on.It was simply less fuss for a few quid and a job I could do quickly myself.Being a busy guy I couldn't afford to waste the time keep trying to follow up with the agent/LL not least to say of the disruption & privacy invasion of someone coming around to fix the problem on the odd time I did get them to come out.When a big awkward job came up I just moved out of the studio flat as it was a bit of a dive anyway so no great loss, that was when I was a student.