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Security 'top' of homebuyer agenda

15 February 2006
Security is the most important factor when buying a new home, according to new research.

Around 80 per cent of homebuyers think that good security is key to whether or not they put an offer in for a house.

A secure home is even more important to them than the number of rooms in the house or even how much it costs.

"The results of this survey confirm that safety in the home has become a major issue for the British public," said Nick Clark, managing director of the Homebuyer Show, which undertook the research.

He advised that the homeowners should install state-of-the-art security systems in their property, as well as ensure that doors have an approved mortice deadlock, double-glazed windows are fitted and motion sensitive lights outside the house.

"If you want to sell your home quickly, upgrading your security systems will be a major help," he added.

At the bottom of homebuyers' checklists are interior décor and provision for modern gadgets.

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