As the majority of businesses and schools have taken steps to ensure the safety of our friends and family members in this trying time to minimize the spread of COVID-19, people have been spending more time than ever at home. This experience has many homebuyers reconsidering the features they want in their next home.
We’ve definitely noticed that our homebuyers have made changes to their dream-home wish list since the quarantine. Having to work at home, study at home and play at home has been a challenge, but it’s also helped us find different, and innovative ways of doing things.
Here are four home features that have become increasingly more important to home buyers.
MORE SPACE FOR A HOME OFFICE
As we have all adapted to these uncertain circumstances and changed our living spaces to suit the challenges we collectively face, space for a home office has become more desirable than ever.
A designated room, preferably on the main floor, has been added as a necessity for many home buyers. Buyers are looking for a more spacious area where they can set up for work or study without distraction from the rest of the home.
A HOME WITH A SUITE
For many, staying home has meant staying apart, inspiring some to consider homes that could bring the family under one roof. That may mean a suite in the basement with a full kitchen, bedroom, bath and sitting area. It could also mean a home with 2 masters with ensuites to provide space for an extra family member to move in.
Either way, many home buyers are considering how they can make space in their home for extended family to live together under one roof.
UPGRADED ENTERTAINMENT AREAS
With the shutdown of parks, theatres, restaurants and gyms, people have found new ways to entertain themselves at home. Old hobbies have been resurrected, DIYers have been busier than ever and people have found ways to work out at home.
This has resulted in current home buyers putting more emphasis on a backyard they can work on and enjoy, a designated area in the house for yoga/fitness and a bigger space where they can set up a home theatre.
A MOVE AWAY FROM THE CITY
Homebuyers are putting more value in wide open spaces. Inner city communities where there’s a greater density of people, more condos and apartments, and less space have become less desirable. With a trend towards people working from home, there's less concern about commute time. People value space around them and are willing to pay a little more to find that space.
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