Home-buying preferences have dramatically changed now due to COVID. What once was on every buyers checklist has shifted as 2020 has had a profound impact on the way people live and work. Home design trends are now taking into consideration today's “new normal” way of life with buyers more interested in single-family homes with more square footage and larger backyard areas.
The following are the top amenities we have found buyers have on their checklist as they search for their dream home.
Home offices are likely to become a more consistent feature in homes as the pandemic has driven more telecommuting, and much of that is likely to stay. Now as many people are spending all day at home, they’re wanting their home to have multi-functionality: a place to work, a place to relax and a quiet dedicated place for their children to do schoolwork.
Having a desirable outdoor space is more important than ever with many people forgoing trips to local parks and instead spending time in their own backyard. Backyards, front porches and balconies, will all get more attention, as people confined to their homes crave sunlight, fresh air, a change of scenery and the opportunity to have a socially distant BBQ with neighbours and friends. Home vegetable gardens will also gain ground, as people try to become more self-reliant.
Many homeowners are getting much more use out of their kitchens now as the virus has curbed the ability to go out to eat. A well-appointed kitchen is probably one of the most important amenities on a new buyers checklist with the trend toward large open kitchens where families can gather to cook together. Efficient appliances, a large pantry and an abundance of cabinet space for storing large quantities of food will be a must.
While large open floor plans and great rooms have been very popular when considering a home, many buyers are now reconsidering the importance of doors, whether to get some work done, or just to get some space. Privacy is trending with even a den, bonus room or finished basement being vital when family members need their own space from non-stop family time.
People are choosing the suburbs to live versus densely populated cities. Larger homes with more land and homes with suites or extra rooms to accommodate extended family members are now very important. Buyers want their family close and it is much easier to social distance than in a city center.
With more and more shopping taking place online, buyers are requesting a space to receive and disinfect packages. A designated space to accept deliveries, to keep delivered items secure, and also streamline the sanitation process.
There’s no doubt that real estate needs have seen a significant shift this year!
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