‘Worth every penny’: Home-hunters willing to pay £2,500 more to have ‘friendly neighbours’

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Good neighbours are an important factor to consider when buying a property. They don’t just impact the kerb appeal of a property, but they can also affect Britons’ experience of where they live. Homeowners often rely on them to keep an eye on their property whilst they are away or are in need of someone to take in their parcels.

New research has found the North East as the area where Britons are most likely to have grumpy neighbours.  

According to a poll, those living in the North East (33 percent), Northern Ireland (31 percent) and Wales (27 percent) are likely to have a grumpy and unwelcoming neighbour.  

However, for those looking for kind and friendly neighbours, they should head towards the West Midlands, where 71 percent say their neighbours are welcoming (national average of 66 percent).

Also above the average is Yorkshire (70 percent) and the East Midlands (69 percent).  

The capital also scored highly for friendly neighbours with 68 percent of Londoners saying their neighbours are friendly and welcoming, compared to just 24 percent who say theirs are grumpy.  

As a nation, Britons are happy to deliver a parcel to their neighbours if it had been delivered to them (38 percent), a third would send them a card for Christmas or another occasion and 28 percent would put their next-door neighbours’ bins out.  

However, those in the West Midlands are most likely to receive an invite for a BBQ or dinner.

For those living in East Anglia, they are most likely to have a neighbour who’d feed a pet whilst homeowners away and neighbours in London are most likely to remember a birthday and send a card.  

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David McGrail of First Mortgage who conducted the survey explained how buyers would be willing to spend thousands more to ensure they have “helpful” neighbours.

He said: “Having kind neighbours can be really helpful, they are the ones most likely to be able to keep an eye on your property whilst you have a winter holiday and be around to help you out by taking in parcels. 

“It really is those little things that can make a difference. 

“Whilst it’s hard to put a price on it, good neighbours are worth every penny.

“And it seems buyers agree, house hunters would be willing to pay almost £2,500 more to ensure they live next to friendly neighbours.”

David concluded by saying that neighbours are always the great unknown when buying a house.  

He said: “You can find the perfect property, in the perfect location, but after a few weeks you could be wishing you never moved. That’s the effect bad neighbours can have. 

“Whilst you never truly know what you are going to get, it is important that you try your best to get a feeling for what your neighbours are like.  

“I’d always advise that you view the property at different times of the day, to get a sense of what it is like to live there. 

“Whilst it might be peaceful during the day, it may be another story come evening time, and although this tip may seem obvious, it is underused.”

He explained how saying hello to potential new neighbours is a two-way street, they will most likely be just as anxious to know who they are going to be living next to.

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