From working from home to the need for social distancing, the pandemic has changed the way we look at our homes now and what we want in the near future. Prognosticators believe large homes, flexible workspaces and workout rooms may be the trends of the future. Here is what we think buyers are looking for:
More Kitchen – But Less Open
We are spending more time eating in than eating out these days, so it makes sense that homebuyers are looking for kitchens that give them more — more counter space, more storage space and more room to prepare meals. However, more meals at home also mean more dirty dishes to hide. And that means kitchens open to family rooms may be replaced with more closed off kitchens.
You Need a Home Office (Maybe Two)
Employers are embracing long-term, work-from-home strategies, and if you will be telecommuting you need dedicated office space — and not just one. Dual-income couples will need additional workspace. Technology is also crucial, so homes pre-wired for high-speed internet, charging stations and home automation equipment will ensure sales.
More Privacy, Please
People don’t like living on top of each other. They need private spaces beyond their bedrooms. Many buyers will look for homes with more square footage that offer flexible rooms, game rooms, dens and lofts to ensure that family members can have alone time.
The Great Outdoors
“Home-cations” are becoming a thing. People are installing fire pits, summer kitchens and upgraded patios to create private outdoor retreats mimicking those they find at resorts. Families want bigger backyards and balconies, as well.
Stay Fit at Home
Gyms are open but people may be hesitant to use them. Enter the home gym. Today’s buyers need a space where they can set up a TV, floor mats, weights, treadmills and other equipment.
Living with clutter during the pandemic isn’t fun and many families used the time to Marie Kondo everything. When it comes to buying a new home, buyers may prefer bigger closets, built-in shelves and extra storage in the garage.
Working from home, cooking and keeping the air conditioning on will bump energy bills. Future homebuyers will appreciate homes with a low HERS rating.
Master-planned communities are already popular, but they are set to attract even more buyers. Communities like Vanbrooke offer the hike-and-bike trails, parks, green spaces and other outdoor amenities so people can get outside safely.