What do home buyers really want?
The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed day-to-day living, which has caused most people to rethink what they value and how they want to live.
The shift in our collective culture caused by the pandemic means that people are prioritizing different things, and this is especially true for home buyers as they shop the post-pandemic housing market.
Shelter in place orders mean that most people have spent a lot of extra time at home over the past few months, giving them plenty of time to think about what’s important to them in a home.
Here are some things that post-pandemic home buyers will be prioritizing as they look for a new home:
Light and Scenery
Having a lot of light and a good view may seem a little luxurious, especially for people living in big cities. However, once stay at home orders were put in place, the financial benefits of living in a studio apartment with nothing but back alley views were quickly overshadowed by spending days on end in a dimly lit space with nothing to look at but the building next door.
As people look for a new place, they’re considering what it will be like to spend long stretches of time in it. Having a home that gets a lot of natural light and has a decent view will be more important than ever.
Besides wanting more light and better scenery, staying in place for long stretches of time means that people are a lot more concerned about space. Especially for those who have families, significant others, or even roommates they’ll be sharing their living spaces with, having a little extra room can be a godsend.
An extra room of any kind can be invaluable if you need a break from the people you live with, and privacy becomes especially important when it’s hard to get. For those who may now work at home, having a home office space where they can work in peace will become a priority, and parents will likely prioritize making sure their children have their own rooms.
Spaces like a home gym and a yard will also be high on homebuyers’ lists of priorities as they think about staying fit and getting outside while remaining at home.
If one thing is trending during sheltering in place, it’s cooking. While a lot of people were used to eating out and ordering takeout during the busy work week, that style of eating hasn’t been readily available for a long time.
So, more people than ever are spending time in their kitchens doing things like baking bread and making yogurt from scratch. They’re also more aware than ever of what they like and don’t like about their kitchen space.
As homeowners look to buy, they’ll likely envision themselves spending a lot of time in the kitchen. They’ll be looking for big open kitchen plans, updated appliances, and plenty of pantry and cabinet space.
Before the pandemic, a good majority of people spent a lot of time out of the house, whether they worked outside of their home during the week or spent time out with friends and doing hobbies.
Having to spend a lot of time in the house during the pandemic means spending a lot more on utilities as people cook their own meals and work from home. Seeing an uptick in their utility bills will make them more aware of energy efficiency as they look for a new place.