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How COVID-19 Has Changed What HomeBuyers Are Looking For

Posted by Greg Flory on November 22, 2020
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Great location to bars, community spaces and fun neighborhood events used to be at the top of the list for most homebuyers. And while location is still an important factor, a lot of the “must-haves” for homes have changed drastically in the last few months. The pandemic has turned everyone’s lives upside down, keeping people at home and transitioning many to a remote working environment that they never expected to be in.

Because of these changes, many renters and homeowners are looking to move into a home that better suits their needs. While small homes with little to no outdoor space may have been perfect for city dwellers before, now many are looking for larger homes and plenty of greenery to help them ride out the rest of this pandemic in peace. Individual living spaces are even being prioritized over community areas as social distancing guidelines continue to be a reality.

From Open Floor Plans to Catered Rooms

One of the biggest changes home buyers can expect to see in new builds (and even recently remodeled homes) is in the layout of the home. While open floor plans were all the rage at one point, the pandemic has pushed for a need to have more individual spaces, where family members can get some much-needed alone time without risking their health.

Kids rooms, home offices and entertainment spaces will likely be high on the list of needs for home buyers to make their new home work for them. There will also be an emphasis on making homes more fun for everyone, with installations of pools, game rooms and home theatres becoming commonplace. There will also be spaces catered to fostering creativity in newer homes, to allow for quiet places to work, read and create.

Outdoor spaces are another big shift expected for most homes. While many homes have a backyard lounge space, these areas will likely be turned up a notch to host movie nights or socially-distanced hangouts. Front porches are also becoming a big deal as well, to give homeowners a sense of normalcy without risking getting sick.

Smart Devices That Make Things Safer (And Easier)

Those shopping for homes are also interested in homes that will make their lives easier and safer. Smart homes have been popular for many years, but they’ve become more important than ever given our current climate. In recent months, many devices have hit the market that are catered specifically to homeowners concerns about the pandemic. From extra security to increase cleanliness, here’s a breakdown of what smart home tech is most likely to be seen in the homes of the future.

To help make sure families never run out of food, you can expect to see total home automation that combines things like smart appliances, smart pantries and smart speakers. This is attractive to future homeowners because they will be able to know what they currently have (or are out of) via their devices.

Other tech like contactless light switches and humidity sensors can help slow the spread of viruses, especially if someone at home is in quarantine. While other devices that help everyone work at home such as windows that reduce noise and smart cameras to monitor the kids remotely will skyrocket in use as well.

To learn more about how COVID-19 has impacted homes, take a look at Hippo’s infographic down below.

Graphic From https://www.hippo.com/

How COVID-19 is changing future homes infographic

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