A new finder. com.au survey of 1,043 people found that air conditioning, garages, back yards, solar panels and outdoor entertaining areas are more important to home buyers than swimming pools.


Of those surveyed, 65% of home buyers wanted air conditioning; 60% a carport or garage; 52% a backyard; 33% solar panels and 24% an outdoor entertaining area.


Bessie Hassan, consumer advocate at finder .com.au, said the more demand there is for a particular feature, the more value it will add to a property.


“A home needs to have air conditioning, a backyard and off-street parking to command big bucks these days,” she said.


With temperatures reaching the 30s in many parts of Australia, 75% of home owners have air conditioning, says the ABS.