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A brief guide to naming your house

According to analysis from Mouse Price, the most popular names for houses in the UK are The Cottage, The Old Rectory, The Coach House, The Barn, The Stables, The Granary and The Old Vicarage. Choosing a name for your house is a wonderful way to make your home unique, add character and really stand out in the property market – but where do you begin when searching for inspiration and what are some of the do’s and don’ts you should consider?

As you can probably tell from the names mentioned above, many people will choose to name their home after its former usage. For example, if it was once a vicarage, a barn or a stable. So if your home had a former use before it was a living space then it could be worth tying that into your chosen name. When it comes to selling your property, this will provide your house with a special back story which will be attractive to potential buyers.

But does naming your property have an impact on the price? Well, according to figures from Globrix as many as 1 in 14 people surveyed admitted that they would be willing to pay more for a property that had a name rather than a number, and another survey suggested that a name could add as much as 5% to the value of property.

So, what are some of the guidelines for choosing a name for your property? Well, first of all it’s important to bear in mind the nature of your property. A name that is normally used for cottages and barns might be unsuitable for a new build property, and naming a smaller property something ending in ‘manor’ would also be deemed as unsuitable given the size.  

Choosing a name that draws from the history of your property is a good place to start but there are other options. Many people will choose to incorporate geographical features nearby, such as ‘Hillside Cottage’, ‘Riverside House’ or ‘Meadow View’. They might also take inspiration from the scenery by naming their home after the surrounding trees – think ‘Orchard House’, ‘Yew Tree Cottage’ or ‘The Beeches’ or plants, i.e. ‘Rose Cottage’.  Animals can provide inspiration, such as ‘Fox Cottage’ or you could choose something entirely unrelated to your property. Remember though that choosing an unusual or deeply personal name is fine but it might not be to the taste of other people when it comes to putting your house on the market.

Once you’ve settled on the perfect name you will need to officially apply to have it changed. To do this you have to contact your local council who will then consult with the Royal Mail to avoid giving the postman a headache. If all goes well then you will be provided with a certificate of renaming and finally inform all the relevant people and organisations who need your address of the change.

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