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Solar Panels Could Help Sell Your Home

A recent survey by ING Direct who provide mortgages has revealed that many house hunters favour properties that have already gone to the expense of having solar panels installed.

Over 1,000 people took part in the survey.

The three most popular things that people intending to move house were looking for in a potential new home were the collection of rubbish on a weekly basis, the installation of solar panels and satellite TV connection.

So, what has happened to people wanting white sanitary ware, wooden floors and double-glazing!

Other things that were important to people were a 3G mobile phone signal, walk in wardrobes and greenhouses. Although these things can be described as non essential they would encourage someone to sign that contract to buy your home.

Interestingly four out of ten people stated that solar panels were the most desirable extra to have on a property.

With more people looking for ways to save on their fuel bills an increasing number of homeowners are trying to find ways to provide electricity to their homes.

At the present time in excess of 360,000 properties in the UK have solar power so the UK has a long way to go yet in maximising this form of power generation.

A third of people taking part in the survey stated that to have their rubbish collected weekly could be the deciding factor if they were “sitting on the fence” as far as making a decision whether to buy a property or not. More than 50% of UK homes do not have a weekly rubbish collection. Nowadays most councils collect food waste every other week and other waste every other week.

A satellite TV connection was important to a third of people surveyed.

Richard Doe who is ING Direct’s Chief Executive stated: “In today’s housing market you often have to compete against your neighbours to make that sale.

“Price is obviously king, but knowing and promoting ‘deal-sealers’ can give you that vital competitive edge.”

As well as solar panels, rubbish collection and satellite TV installations, other items that appealed to people were a garden pond, large bathtub, a pantry and a power supply outside.

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