Have Your Priorities Changed?
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, research has shown that our priorities for what we want out of our living spaces has changed.
Indoor space, home offices, gardens and balconies have overtaken the most common things on people’s property wish list including the number of bedrooms.
The new survey was carried out by estate agent Dexters last month and asked home buyers to rank in order what their non-negotiable demands were when looking for a new property.
At the top of the list was an extra bedroom that could be turned into a study. Second was a garden, roof terrace or balcony and third, proximity to a local park or cycle routes.
This has indicated a major shift from previous surveys when ‘vanity factors’ such as external appearance, kitchen size and number of bedrooms had ranked high on buyer’s wish lists.
The pandemic has meant that we have all been confided to our homes and this has shown people the importance of their living space space, making us realise that life going forward could involve spending more time at home either working or socialising. In addition, people want to be prepared should we face a similar situation.
Life in 2020 has become more home-based with people working, eating, exercising and socialising from the comfort of their own home. With a new emphasis on cycling to work and avoiding crowded public transport routes, access to cycle lanes is also now more important to many buyers.
In addition, research from Deloitte found that 60% of people who don’t normally work from home will be doing so more often once the lockdown has been lifted.
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