Spending so much more time at home, this year has had everyone taking a close look at their homes and the improvements that they wish they had. Many homeowners are making drastic improvements to make more space and others are deciding that they need a new home altogether. I thought I’d share a few features moving up on lists of wants and needs in the age of COVID-19. If you are selling a home, you can leverage these features. If you are looking to buy, these features should be in front of your mind when making a decision, not only for the benefits you will enjoy while living there, but also for the value they will have when you eventually sell in the future.
The Home Office. Many people have now worked from home in some capacity, which makes a quiet place to work remotely a much higher priority on many buyers? lists. Having a space to carve out a little nook for a desk or converting a spare bedroom to office space will go a long way in making the “New Normal” not only more comfortable, but also more productive. Being able to shut a door and focus on work can remove the stress of other family members, who may not have the same demanding schedule as you, interrupting your workflow, or possibly embarrassing you in the middle of a zoom call.
Kitchen. Kitchens are always a highlight for home buyers. That’s even more true right now. While staying at home, many people have donned their chef hats and found that cooking is fun. Instead of going out for lunch or dinner, more people are cooking three meals a day at home. Large open kitchens where families can cook meals together remain popular. Try adding small modern upgrades to help your kitchen become more attractive to buyers. Anything that adds efficiency to the cooking process will be greatly valued, such as cupboard organizers, a coffee station or a large island with a breakfast bar.
Home Gyms. Since access to gyms and fitness clubs have been unreliable this year, homeowners have been creative in finding ways to work out, making space for a home gym high on many lists of wants and needs. You could add floor mats and hand weights to a corner of your garage or to create a gym space. Or possible a seldom used space, bedroom or storage room in the basement.
Outdoor Space. When it was no longer safe to go out in public, we all realized how important outdoor space is. Families need space for kids and pets to play when playgrounds and parks aren’t available. Backyards are becoming more and more desirable and adding value to homes. A home with a nice backyard will always sell quicker and for more money than a home with no, or a less than functional outdoor space. Even if your space is small, find ways to spruce it up, like plants and outdoor seating, but don’t make it busy. Open space where children and pets can run around is essential.
And lastly, of course, More space. We all love our families, but when it comes to being together 24/7, parents are looking for quiet places or separate rooms for kids to hang out, or simply a break from the office and kitchen where 99% of our time seems to be spent lately. Finished basements, bonus rooms, and dens are making a move up on the priority list. If a new room isn’t possible, remove clutter and furniture to make your rooms feel more spacious. This is true at any time, but now more than ever. Buyers want functional, efficient space. The layout of a home can be even more important that square footage.
While this list is far from exhaustive, you get the idea. It’s a new world and with that comes a new approach to buying a selling a home. Contact me anytime. I am happy to be your guide, whether it is to realize every penny possible from the sale of your home, or making sure you buy the best possible home for your specific needs at the best price. Because remember It’s all about you!