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2 Bed Houses for Sale

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2 bed houses can be the perfect starter home for first time buyers, or those looking to downsize. They are easy to maintain and can be great little money-makers.

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2 bed houses can be the perfect starter home for first time buyers, or those looking to downsize. They are easy to maintain and can be great little money-makers.

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2 beds come with lots of exciting opportunities: you might be looking to buy with a pal, with a partner (and enjoy the luxury of a spare room!), you may have a baby on the way, or maybe your baby is all grown up and has flown the nest. Whatever has led you to hunt for the perfect 2 bed, we’re here to help at every stage.

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If you add a 3rd bedroom to your house (like if you convert the loft, for example) you can add around 15% to its value. So if your 2 bed was £150,000, you could add £22,500 to its value by adding a 3rd bedroom. Remember to factor in the cost of the conversion when you’re doing your sums though!

If you add a 3rd bedroom to your house (like if you convert the loft, for example) you can add around 15% to its value. So if your 2 bed was £150,000, you could add £22,500 to its value by adding a 3rd bedroom. Remember to factor in the cost of the conversion when you’re doing your sums though!

If you’re interested in the market difference, according to stats from 2019, there is on average a 29% difference between a 2 bedroom and a 3 bedroom house. It does vary a lot across the UK though, with the smallest jump being in central London, where there’s only a 10% average price hike. The largest percentage difference is in the South West of the UK, where the percentage uplift is a whopping 36%.

The average price for a 2 bedroom house in the UK is £255,747 (Zoopla, 2022). The average cost of a bungalow is roughly £314,000. The average price for an apartment (1 or 2 bedrooms) hovers around the £200k mark, with ground floors being about 20% cheaper than those on higher levels. Of course it varies wildly across the nation, with Winchester currently sitting at the top of leaderboard as the most expensive city in the UK. Bristol, Oxford and London (durh) are also expensive for 2 bedroom houses. Interestingly though, in inner London a 2 bedroom property isn’t much less than a 3 bedroom house, so you might want to think about whether your budget could stretch a tiny bit and upgrade to a 3 bed house. This is particularly useful now as people are continuing to work from home.
Two bedroom houses are great for people who…well…want two bedrooms? This could be a couple with a child (or 2 young children who are willing to share - on average this tends to be up to around the age of 9), two sharers, or a group of sharers (two couples could be a bit of a squeeze, but bills etc. split between 4 is an increasingly appealing option). Very often a couple will opt for a 2 bed rather than a 1 bed because the extra bedroom gives them a little bit of extra room to spread. Following the start of the pandemic in 2020, we have all spent more time at home. This means we value spare bedrooms more than ever, particularly for use as an at-home office or gym. It’s also worth thinking ahead when you’re buying; buying a house is an expensive process (though we try to keep the prices down with our free services at Strike) and you probably don’t want to do it too often. If you’re single or in a couple, though a one bedroom may be fine for you right now, where will you be in a few years time? Should you be looking for 2 beds now in order to save in the long run?
There are lots of great two beds to be found all over the UK. If you’re looking to live in a city in a 2 bed, you could try Bradford which is one of the most affordable urban areas in the UK. Sheffield is a vibrant city, and the average two bed spot is £169,669.
Lots of types of houses are 2 beds. Flats and apartments are frequently two beds, whether they’re all on one floor or split across several levels. Maisonettes are also great options for two beds - this is a house split into two different properties, who each have their own front door. Compact houses, whether they’re terraced, semi detached or detached, are good 2 bed options too, though they will be more expensive than a flat.
Two bed houses are a great investment - there is always high demand for them if you want to resell. The demand is not quite as high as for 3 beds, but they’re still popular. Because people are working from home lots too now, we expect to see a continuing rise in the popularity of two beds over 1 beds, as everyone seems to be valuing that little bit of extra space. Also, 2 bedroom houses are the best houses to rent out, as they have (on average) the highest rental yield.

The advantage of a two bedroom house over a one bed is that you tend to get more floor space. This is not only because of the extra bedroom, but also because you tend to get a little more wiggle room in either the kitchen, living room, corridors or all of the above. One beds and studios can be very cosy, whereas two beds can have more add-ons, like another bathroom, or access to a garden (in a maisonette, for example).

The advantage of buying a two bed over a three bed property is, of course, the money you’ll save. If you’re deciding between the two options, it’s worth having a browse through the properties available and seeing what jumps out: don’t rule out either 2 or 3 beds. If you can find a 2 bed with potential for extension, this could be a great opportunity to make some money on resale, because adding an extra bedroom adds on average around 15% to the value of the house.

Another advantage of buying a two bed rather than a one bed as an individual or couple who plan to share a room is the extra room you’ll have to play with. Since the pandemic, spare rooms across the country are doing some real heavy lifting, doubling up as offices, gyms, a dance studio, a meditation centre, a place to go to if you need to have a big shout into the abyss. The flexibility of having a spare room isn’t to be underestimated.

One obvious disadvantage of buying a 2 bed house over a 3 bed is that the demand is lower for the former. Whilst 3 beds are almost always in vogue (for various reasons, mainly because they make great family homes), 2 beds aren’t as likely to fly off the shelf (or property website).
Yes, 2 beds continue to be the best houses to buy and let, as they offer the highest yield. This means that if you compare the buying price, versus how much you can get on the rental market, the sums will almost always add up to a very nice profit. A city like Liverpool particularly highlights this fruitful yield, because they famously have low sales prices and high rental prices - meaning your two bed property will be a great little money maker.

Only you can tell us that, love. If your bank statements say “pub, pub, pub, Pret, pub”, then possibly not. If you’ve got enough for a deposit and can afford a mortgage, then yes! There were less affordable mortgages available following the mini budget in 2022, making it harder for first time buyers to get onto the property market. The hope is that mortgages will become more affordable.

Though two beds might be more expensive than one beds, the extra bedroom gives you the opportunity to rent out the second bedroom to contribute to your mortgage repayments. You can find good calculators online to help you start to understand whether it’s a real possibility for you right now. Take a look through the two bed property options on Strike, and get in touch if you want any mortgage advice.

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