Homeowners reveal the top 50 priorities when moving home

Ease of parking tops a list of 50 wants when it comes to looking for a new home, according to a study by home security specialist Yale. The second biggest concern is what the council tax banding is while broadband speed is a key consideration for a third of those polled. But the issue of home security comes extremely low on the list, below considerations such as what types of supermarkets are nearby and how much decorating is required.


A further 48 per cent factor in how noisy the neighbours are likely to be, while the ‘class’ of neighbours is important to 22 per cent. While 23 per cent don’t want to move into a property which has young children who are likely to scream living next door.


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.

Whether or not a king sized bed will fit in the master bedroom and if the neighbours can see me sunbathing in the garden are also considerations.

How long or short the commute will be, what colour to paint the lounge and whether the sofa will fit through the patio doors also feature in the top 50 list.


Of the 2,000 people polled, 36 per cent admit the last time they moved house they were more preoccupied about where things would go in the new property than home security.

A further 64 per cent admit they don’t have much outside lighting, 57 per cent don’t have any trusted neighbours to keep an eye on the property and 73 per cent don’t think to put lights and radios on timers when they go away.

Nigel Fisher for Yale said: “According to the Home Office, figures have highlighted that you are almost twice as likely to be burgled in the first 12 months of being in a new home, so security should be at the forefront of people’s minds when moving."

 Top 50 moving priorities

  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