Tweets and twitters add value to your home!
No, I don’t mean the electronic type with all the celebrities and trending hash tags, I mean actual tweets and twitters from birds singing!
A new study by the department of agricultural and applied economics has revealed that houses in areas humming with birds sell for an average of £21,000 more than those with fewer birds! That’s a lot more value thanks to a few extra birds making pretty noises!
The research was undertaken trying to compensate for factors such as the houses age, size and levels of urbanisation and found that the presence of an uncommon species of bird increases house prices. The suggested reason to why house prices are higher in neighbourhoods that contain more birds is because house hunters can gauge the quality of the area dependent on the sound of the birds. The research also revealed that having parkland nearby didn’t really influence the number of birds in an area meaning that their presence was actually due to the gardens in the vicinity.
It has been stated that birds tweeting has a positive effect on people and one study in Liverpool found that it helped young patients relax and keep calm as they received injections in hospital. A housing analyst from Rightmove backed up the research by suggesting that people in the UK highly value wildlife therefore, areas with more birds are more desirable and coincidently more valuable.
I don’t know about you, but I wish the birds in my garden wouldn’t start their tweeting at 4am in the morning however, I wouldn’t mind an extra £21,000 on top of the value of my house thanks to some Swifts and Swallows in the trees!
Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd
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