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Garden is the top priority for two-thirds of buyers

Over two-thirds of homebuyers say a nice garden is the most important

thing they look for when searching for a house, according to Alliance &

Leicester.

The bank&#39s movingimproving index has found that a well-kept garden is

likely to sway the decision of the majority of house-hunters, with many

people looking to move from cities to more rural surroundings.

Dispelling the myth that only the elderly are interested in weeding and

pruning, A&L found that 64 per cent of people in their 20s and 68 per cent

of people in their 30s cite a garden as the most important factor when

deciding where to live. Only 50 per cent of those aged over 50 put gardens

highest on their list of priorities.

However, gardens pushed out double glazing (61 per cent), a garage (49 per

cent) and off-street parking (39 per cent) as the most important factor for

homebuyers. Only the number of bedrooms (67 per cent) was more important

for those searching for a new home.

Head of mortgages Tim Hague says: “The popularity of TV programmes such as

the BBC&#39s Ground Force have shown people how to create relaxing and

enjoyable gardens and therefore homebuyers now consider a garden to be a

very important feature.”

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