The key to homeowner happiness? Natural light

Why we're willing to pay so much more for a brighter home

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A new survey carried out by Express Bi-folding Doors has revealed that natural light is extremely important to both homebuyers and homeowners across the UK, with 70 per cent claiming that it boosts their mood. 

Not surprising, perhaps. But what you might not have realised is that a huge 84 per cent of the 2,000 homeowners asked said they considered natural light a vital factor when choosing a new home.  

Not only this, but we would even pay more, on average £4,786 more, for a home where natural light floods the space. Seven per cent of us would pay a whopping £15,000 to £20,000 above the asking price, showing quite how important this is to us.

Interestingly, 25 to 34 year olds value natural light less than 55+ year olds, but would still be willing to pay more (£6,031 more) than the older generation, who would only stump up an extra £3,313.

And the city that would spend the most on a home with good natural light? Plymouth. Followed by Glasgow, Birmingham and Edinburgh.  

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Skyline roof lantern, £3,840, Express Bi-folding Doors

Behaviour expert Richard Daniel Curtis says, ‘Exposure to increased sunlight has been shown to have a huge impact on well-being and particularly some mental health problems. During the winter, when daylight hours are reduced, the ability to feel the daylight indoors will brighten the mood and help to avoid the negative feelings associated with being inside with artificial lighting all of the time.'

This is supported by interior designer Linda Barker who says, 'A large window that opens up on to a garden space serves to enhance our sense of well-being and can quite literally connect us to the natural world. To cheat extra daylight into a room, position a mirror opposite a window as it will have the benefit of doubling the light effect.’

So if you’re considering new doors, windows, or an extension, a design that allows the most natural light to enter your space could not only boost you well-being, but could increase the value of your property, too.

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Bi-fold doors, £1,150 per panel, Express Bi-folding Doors

Amelia Smith
Content Editor

After joining Real Homes as content producer in 2016, Amelia has taken on several different roles and is now content editor. She specializes in style and decorating features and loves nothing more than finding the most beautiful new furniture, fabrics and accessories and sharing them with our readers. As a newbie London renter, Amelia’s loving exploring the big city and mooching around vintage markets to kit out her new home.