If you still think that gardens are the most desirable house feature to home buyers, think again. Recent research shows that, having spent so long in our homes over the past year and a half, we have come to value something much more practical – good storage.
It's no secret that successful storage solutions for small spaces (and even for larger spaces) can make an enormous difference to how we use our homes. We all have a lot of stuff these days, and it really matters that we have somewhere convenient and well-designed to put it.
UK homebuyers will pay more for storage
To find out just how valuable storage has become to us, fitted furniture specialists Hammonds Furniture surveyed 2,000 Brits on how much more they’d be willing to pay for a home with ample storage space – and what type of storage they considered the most important.
The results are impressive. The average person looking for a new home will happily pay over £12,500 for spacious storage, and the vast majority (84 per cent) classed home storage to be 'essential', or 'very important when looking for a house. In fact, for 28 per cent of house hunters, storage is more important than a home office. This makes sense – no matter how nice your home office is, if you haven't got anywhere to put your stuff, the experience of working from home is unlikely to be productive or enjoyable.
Shockingly, for one in six (15 per cent) good storage trumps even a garden. Many would rather have a clutter-free home than one with outdoor space. Storage was routinely prioritised by respondents over en suites and even refurbishments.
In terms of the storage types that are deemed the most desirable, a garage is the most sought-after storage option, with 42 per cent of respondents prepared to pay more for one. Spare bedrooms and utility rooms were also cited as very desirable, with 42 and 40 per cent respectively prepared to put in a higher offer for properties that offer this extra storage space.
Kirsty Oakes, Head of Product and Marketing at Hammonds Furniture, gave a top tip to home owners who don't currently have extra storage space to offer to buyers: 'you may consider altering lesser-used spaces, such as rooms with sloped roofs or adding under stairs storage. There are lots of different storage solutions out there, such as wardrobes for awkward spaces, and installing these can be a great way to offer more room for your things, and add value to your home without losing valuable ''living'' floor space.'
Get the Ideal Home Newsletter
Sign up to our newsletter for style and decor inspiration, house makeovers, project advice and more.
Anna Cottrell is Consumer Editor across Future's home brands. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening.
5 plants to prune in December to start the New Year with a healthy and happy garden
Give your plants some TLC this winter
By Lauren Bradbury
5 mistakes experts say to avoid when squeezing a Christmas tree into a small space
Say hello to the mistakes you’re making if your Christmas tree is in a small room
By Kayleigh Dray
Argos is having a huge sale on festive bedding – and prices start from just under £20!
Bundle up this Christmas for less
By Jullia Joson