Solar panels are the ‘most desirable’ technology for house buyers

A house with solar panels installed is worth on average £2,000 more than a home without them, according to a report by Barclays.

The Barclays Digital Homes Report found that more than a quarter (28%) of homeowners would find a property more appealing if it is equipped with the latest in home technology.

Solar panels ranked the highest in desirable technology, with homeowners saying they would pay on average £2,000 more for a property equipped with them.

The second most desirable piece of technology was fibre optic broadband cable.

And almost a third (30 per cent) of homeowners surveyed online believe installing technology in their home will increase its value.

“It’s really fascinating to see from the Barclays Mortgages Digital Homes Report, how peoples’ attitudes to connected technology are changing and adapting in the modern world,” said TV property expert, Amanda Lamb.  

“In my years of dealing with the UK property market, I’ve seen plenty of trends come and go however, digital homes are really here to stay and this space is something I see really growing over the next three to five years. 

“Whilst it will take time for it to be widely adopted by the general public, I see technology integrated in the home being a real incentive for homebuyers, so would encourage homeowners to start thinking about what they can do to future-proof their home.” 

The report also found Southampton is currently the most tech savvy city in the country, with well over half (58 per cent) of homeowners having one or more forms of connected technology already present in their home. 

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues