A nw study has revealed that 21% of tenants have revealed that they would like to rent a home that has a garage, making it a top priority for renters this year. According to research by letting agent Benham and Reeves, this is the thing that tenants desire the most in 2021. Possibly prompted by the need for more space during lockdown and people pursuing hobbies, setting up home gyms or working out at home.

It seems that people are also after more outdoor space after lockdown. The second-highest ranking item on the list after a garage was a garden, with 18% of tenants saying this was top of their wish list. Closely followed by the desire for a balcony, coming in at 16%.

Speaking about the research, Benham and Reeves director, Marc von Grundherr said:

“The Covid inspired trend of more space hasn’t been confined to the homebuying sector and rental demand for gardens and balconies has soared since the first lockdown back in the spring of last year.

“However, with winter well and truly here and the third period of lockdown restrictions in full swing, some additional inside space in the form of a garage is top of the tenant wish list in the current market.

“This additional space enables tenants to carry on with their home workouts, or other hobbies acquired during the pandemic without the need to brave the cold temperatures and longer nights.

“Of course, an outdoor space also remains in high demand with many keeping an eye on the approaching spring and summer seasons. Although fingers crossed, we may have seen some form of normality return by this point.”

In Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton, Leicester, Swansea, Oxford and Bournemouth. Pet-friendly properties were high on the list of priorities, whilst in Belfast people most desired a furnished property. In London people wanted  a concierge, a balcony, a garage and a garden the most while furnished homes ranked top or joint top in Bexley, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Westminster.

Of course if you need a garage for storage, other solutions are available, like our secure stone-built storage warehouse, situated right in the centre of Bridport.

Or if you’ve already found your dream home, with or without a garage. We can help you move.  Give us a call on 01308 423939 for a free no-obligation quote, or use one of our online tools for a quick quote – or a more in-depth guide. We can help with every aspect of your home move, from packing to hauling, shipping or storing. Get in touch to find out more.