Whether we welcome the term ‘new normal’ or wish we had never heard it, it is obvious that coronavirus and much that goes along with it are here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. So, what have homebuyers become accustomed during the age of Covid-19 that they will likely want in their new house?
The pandemic has changed the way people eat, work, wash, attend classes and interact as families. This means that today’s homebuyer will want their new house to have features that accommodate newly learned habits and necessary daily functions.
Even when the virus has less of an impact on our lives, the homes we live in will probably mirror what we are now used to. They may even be more of what we consider the ideal shelter.
Long-lasting changes due to today’s survival mechanisms will probably mean that your future homebuyers will be searching for the ultimate safe havens and remote working environments.
Fixer uppers may not be as in demand as in years past if there is a shortage of contractors to do the work. Open floor plans, which inherently lack privacy, are not ideal for families with kids being homeschooled and parents taking online meetings.
Here are 5 features that homebuyers will likely want as we come out of the coronavirus pandemic.
Removing shoes, stripping off clothing, washing groceries and disinfecting packages before entering the main living space of a home has become a ritual in many households. With a dedicated mudroom or foyer entry, keeping germs out of our homes is easier.
It is reasonable to have a fear of bringing the virus into our private areas, so mudrooms and foyers are essential temporary storage places for items that need to be sanitized. If you cannot locate a home for your client that has a mudroom or foyer, look for a property with a large garage that offers entry into the house.
2. Light & Space
Many people found a new need for light and space during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. When forced to spend so much time at home, they realized their desire for the outdoors and all of the mobility it offers.
With routines in place that may still confine family members to the house, a homebuyer might want large windows to let in sunlight or more square footage. You may find that clients who were previously looking for studio apartments or flats in crowded downtown areas are now asking you to help them find a single-family home on a large lot.
3. Cook’s Kitchen
Covid-19 may have made cooking at home necessary, but many people have found a new love for homemade meals because of it. As you help your clients search for a new house, you will be smart to identify homes with cook’s kitchens that can hold up to elaborate breakfast, lunch and dinner preparations.
Expect a trend toward open kitchens with plenty of counter space, an island and room for professional-grade appliances. A large pantry for bulk items and a deep sink for an abundance of dishes will be a must.
4. Home Office
The home office was becoming popular even before coronavirus as the economy saw an increase in gig and freelance workers. Today, working from home is more prevalent than ever. Homebuyers, therefore, will probably want the perfect space to conduct meetings, answer calls and be productive.
As many companies and employees find that work can often be conducted better remotely, your job will be to find more homes with spare rooms with a door or at least a den that is away from a main living area. The ability to incorporate technology into the home office will also be essential.
5. Outdoor Spaces
Some of your clients might continue to be worried about social gathering indoors. A home with ample outdoor space, then, can ease their minds and bring a bit of joy back into their lives. Think about showing homes with big backyards or at least a large deck space. Areas that can accommodate patio furniture are great for whenever your client is ready to interact with company again.
Consider, however, that many states and cities still don’t consider gardeners and landscapers essential. So, your clients will want to think about whether or not they are up to taking care of a large yard themselves.
Covid-19 has taught homebuyers many things about how they can feel safe in their homes and what will make them happy as they appreciate their personal shelter. As always, a professional real estate agent should get to know their clients, and their wants and needs, in order to best recommend houses that make everyday living the best it can be.