New Home Trends Post Lockdown

Buyers looking for homes are going to have a different set of priorities than before COVID-19 era.

KITCHENS: kitchens and bathrooms sell the house, we all know that. But while socially distancing and only doing take out if that we have all spent much more time in our kitchens than before. Cooking several meals a day, preparing snacks, using kitchen island as a makeshift study area for kids, etc. Buyers will be looking for a spacious open kitchen layout with lot sof natural light, energy-efficient appliances, easy to clean counters and cabinets. Pantry space is in high demand as some of us have turned linen closets or basements into corona-closets where we store extra food items and oh, all the toilet paper. One of the best things I did was take on the drawers, clean it out, insert dividers and will it all sorts of bars for kids for an easy snack. An extra fridge or freezer is always nice but especially now when we are all trying to limit trips to grocery stores.


HOME OFFICES: not everyone can skip going to office but for those who can having an home office is more important than ever. Many companies are looking into having employees work from home for foreseeable future and even predicting they will work from home 2-3 days a week in the future. Highspeed wifi is crucial. Perhaps there’s a guest room that doesn’t get much use which could serve as a home office (with a pull out couch for those visitors) or unused dining room that would add more functionality to your home as a dedicated work space.

GYMS: We are not going to public gyms or taking classes so having a home gym is really in high demand. Usually it’s in the basement but at a recent home I worked on we turned an unused guest room on 3rd floor into gym. Floor mats, wall mirrors, Peloton or treadmill, weight bench with free weights and yoga mat. Adding a smart TV would be great as lot of people are streaming their workouts. Whatever you do do not have a stationary bike in your bedroom. Noone is looking for a master bedroom/gym combo.

OUTDOOR AREAS: private outdoor space with play areas for kids are in high demand. Not only is everyone looking for trampolines and zip lines etc, many are taking up gardening and maybe even trying to grow some vegetables and herbs for the first time. When you are considering selling your home, take a critical look of your outside space – how can you make it more attractive? Adding a firepit area is a doable weekend project.

PLAYROOMS: designated space for kids to play in has always been a must for families but much more so now. Buyers are looking for an organized well lit space where kids can have separate craft and study areas. Many are adding TVs in those rooms so that kids can watch their shows while parents work or use family room themselves. Separate and well thought out zones are increasingly important.

MUDROOMS: the entry area from garage to the house has become more important than ever. Removing shoes before coming in, dropping off all packages, having a designated area for purses, backbags, chargers, and bug spray/sun screen and all that Lysol.

Mudroom
Mudroom by HDS Design

FUNCTIONALITY: now that people spend pretty much all their time at home, they need spaces that work for their family. If you need help figuring out how to best use your home, give us a call for a consultation! Contact us at info@haikudurden.com or at 203-434-3745.

 

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