Mature trees, a good energy efficiency rating and electric car chargers: What home buyers want in 2023

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Everything changes in the rear. So what’s in store for the new year for the real estate world? Here are forecasts of the main trends of 2023.

forest wonders

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Forget pony pens and swimming pools, in these days of the fuel crisis, mature trees are a must-have for 2023.

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In addition to loading a biomass boiler and wood burning stove, chopping and stacking makes for a good workout.

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Indoor splendor: Covid stokes urban longing for country life that shows little sign of abating

However, you need to do some research: “Learn about tax credits and landing subsidies,” says Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Search.

“Speak to a land agent who can advise on how to use, maintain, manage and hire reliable contractors for hazardous work.”

Rural hotspots

Covid has fueled the townspeople’s longing for country life, which is almost unabated.

Estate agents Strutt & Parker say Herefordshire, Shropshire and Somerset will be in high demand in 2023, while Northerners will be famously buying in Pickering, Kirkbeamurside and Helmsley (all ten minutes from North York) and Malton, the harbour. for gourmets.

Meanwhile, Carol Pitt of a West Wales real estate agency says: “The area will continue to be popular as long as we sell large houses with several acres of land for the price of a small London flat.”

Energy efficiency matters

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) used to be seen as another tick by sellers, but 2023 will be a buyer’s market and a home with a good EPC rating will likely sell well.

Modernization (installation of eco-equipment in old houses) is the buzzword of the year. Searches for homes with solar panels and Rightmove heat pumps have increased significantly in recent years.

However, 2023 will be the year of Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation (MVHR), a system that filters air and distributes it throughout the home. This means that you do not lose heat by opening windows.

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Application happily

Smartphone apps that will control heating and lighting, as well as security and home entertainment, will become more widespread this year.

Staged lighting that turns on when someone enters a room and turns off when someone leaves can help cut bills.

Electric vehicle charging points are here to stay. Developers must now install electric vehicle (EV) charging points in all new builds, and older homes are likely to follow suit.

While each toll point costs around £976, according to the Department for Transport, a recent survey by estate agents Jackson-Stops found that 20% of people want one in their next home.

>> Electric vehicle charging prices jump 58% in eight months

Garden home offices

With most people working from home during Covid, garden home office sales have skyrocketed.

They will still come in handy for office workers and kids who need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the family.

Inexpensive to operate, with good sound insulation, they will also be used as music studios, reading rooms, gyms and garden rooms.

Self Assembly Project

Dreams of Grand Designs can become a reality for thousands thanks to the government’s new Building Aid program.

Announced in June, it offers a 5 to 20 percent equity loan based on the estimated cost of buying a piece of land and building a house.

Wooden frames are most popular with independent builders. Prefabricated modular homes come already insulated, but they cost a little more.

To learn more about DIY building, the National DIY Build and Renovation Center (NSBRC) in Swindon runs free courses.

Decor trends

The kitchen and family room, with double doors opening onto a garden with sundeck, pizza oven and BBQ, will be in demand next summer.

In terms of interiors, the Art Deco style is gaining momentum with elegant faucets, arches and luxurious furnishings.

Some developers, such as St Modwen and Octagon, make their ceilings a feature.

As for the interior color schemes, there are shocking shades of pink and purple. On fabrics and wallpapers, wide stripes or a large cage are suitable.

On the market… and on the money

Kent: This new four-bedroom building is located on farmland but is just off Wingham High Street outside of Canterbury.  The house has many environmentally friendly features.  Strutt & Parker, 01227 473 742. £850,000.

Kent: This new four-bedroom building is located on farmland but is just off Wingham High Street outside of Canterbury. The house has many environmentally friendly features. Strutt & Parker, 01227 473 742. £850,000.

Dumfries and Galloway: The estate at Gabhill is located in the Scottish countryside.  There are 60 acres of land and three holiday homes with kitchens.  Finest Properties, 01434 622 234. £1.5m.

Dumfries and Galloway: The estate at Gabhill is located in the Scottish countryside. There are 60 acres of land and three holiday homes with kitchens. Finest Properties, 01434 622 234. £1.5m.

Cambridge: Knights Park is a new development of contemporary homes in Eddington.  The development was developed by the University of Cambridge and the focus is on sustainability.  Knights Park Eddington, 01223 607200. From £339,950.

Cambridge: Knights Park is a new development of contemporary homes in Eddington. The development was developed by the University of Cambridge and the focus is on sustainability. Knights Park Eddington, 01223 607200. From £339,950.

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