Good schools and period features are often considered to be the sought-after characteristics that can draw in buyers.
But a new survey suggests that the items that buyers crave are much simpler.
Go Compare Home Insurance asked more than 2,000 Britons what their top property must-haves would be and their priorities are perhaps surprising with central heating and double-glazing topping the list.
Buyers also rank secure doors and windows, plenty of electrical sockets and reliable broadband above good schools and period features.
They are also more concerned about having a living room big enough for large, flat screen TV than a garage and at least two toilets above a bath tub.
Only 9 per cent of buyers considered period features as a property must-have, while 13 per cent said good schools is an essential factor.
Ben Wilson, a spokesman for GoCompare Home Insurance, said: ‘Buying a home is the biggest financial commitment most people will make. So, before viewing properties it is helpful to have an idea of the type of area and property you’d like to live in and think about your real must-have priorities.
‘Connectivity and energy efficiency are two massive factors for anyone thinking about a move at the moment, while the number of electrical sockets is now more important than access to local amenities. Likewise, a broadband signal fast enough for streaming, and a reliable and a clear mobile phone signal are deemed home essentials today and sellers need to be wise to these new priorities.’