How COVID-19 Will Change Home Preferences
The manner in which we use our living spaces is just one more way our lives have changed as a result of COVID-19. There is already ample evidence that habits put in place during the pandemic are reshaping buyer preferences. Here are five trends currently impacting home design preferences today.
- Defined Office Spaces: The work-from-home trend is expected to continue post-COVID-19, making functional, private office spaces a must-have. For homes without formal offices, underutilized spaces can easily be transitioned. Keep in mind that some households may have more than one remote worker, so two offices or one space that’s large enough to accommodate multiple remote employees may be worth considering.
- More Usable Outdoor Places: During the lockdown, a chance to get outside provided a break from confinement as well as a chance to get some natural light and fresh air. And the importance of a space where family members can enjoy nature – play, gather or dine – will persist post-pandemic. Simple DIY efforts like a patio, fire pit or outdoor furniture can quickly transform a space.
- More Bathrooms or Sinks: Hygiene is now paramount and newly acquired habits like frequent hand washing, cleaning and wiping down purchases have become ingrained. With these new practices, homeowners desire more spaces allocated to personal hygiene, preferably ideally placed so sick individuals can avoid sharing towels and touching common surfaces like faucets.
- Dedicated Mudrooms: For the time being, it’s key to have a convenient place near your entry – ideally with seating – where people can remove masks, shoes, and even gloves before entering the house. While the requirements may change, going forward, families may still want a place to leave outside contaminants at the door so they can enter the home safely.
- Creation of Private Spaces: During the pandemic, when multiple family members were confined inside for weeks on end, a private spot – even a small one – became invaluable for providing an escape. In open-concept homes or those where everyone doesn’t have their own individual space like a bedroom, a private area can serve as a refuge and be essential to one’s mental health even after COVID-19.
- Greater Storage: Since buying in bulk ramped up during COVID-19, people now want discreet places to store excess nonperishable food and household supplies. While some homes may not have large pantries, additional storage can be created simply by adding shelving and cabinets in areas like a garage or laundry room.
Whether you’re buying or selling, use this list to focus on future trends that will boost your home’s livability and value going forward. Ready to get started?