A couple of stories caught our eye in the news last week as experts predict that the property market will soon be experiencing renewed interest in property with gardens – and 43% of homeowners don’t know how to turn off their gas supply.

Spending six months indoors on furlough or working from home has given us Brits plenty of time to think about where we really want to live. We have already seen renewed interest in homes in the country or near to the sea and now surveyors are anticipating that there will also be a surge in demand for homes with gardens over the next few years.

This is according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with some 83% of RICS agents reporting a change in demand for property with gardens during August, when enquiries, sales and new instructions increased.

Speaking to Property Wire, Marc von Grundherr, director of Benham and Reeves estate agents, said:

“The UK housing market continues to gather pace with the momentum of a runaway freight train, and the fuel of a stamp duty reprieve is not only enticing buyers to act, but it’s causing homes below the £500,000 threshold to sell for a very good price.

“This is a stark contrast to the large discounts sellers were forced to offer during the protracted period of political uncertainty caused by Brexit, suggesting that the current upward trend of positive price growth will remain for the remainder of the year.

“Although London may take a while longer to build the momentum seen in other areas of the UK, house price growth in the capital tends to accelerate at a far quicker pace once the pendulum starts to swing into positive territory.”

Can you turn off the gas?

Also in the news last week, a rather shocking discovery from the find-a-tradesperson website MyBuilder.com, who found that 43% of homeowners that they surveyed do not know how to turn off the gas at home, in the event of an emergency.

A third of these said they would probably turn to Google to find out where to locate the shut-off valve. Speaking about the survey, Carl Goulding from MyBuilder.com, said:

“It’s vital that all homeowners and tenants know how to turn off their live services.

“You never know when you might have to – and not being able to act quickly in the event of an emergency can have devastating consequences.

“We want to make sure that every homeowner or tenant has the basic knowledge so that if something does go wrong, they know what to do fast.

“Being too slow to turn off the water supply when there’s a leak could end up costing thousands of pounds worth of damage, so spending just a little bit time learning the basics will be time well spent.”

Do you know how to turn off your gas or water? Perhaps it’s worth taking some time to find out what to do now, before an emergency arises – or if you need to shut anything off when you are moving house.