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.
Many homeowners have now worked from home in some capacity, which makes a quiet place to work remotely a much higher priority on many buyers’ lists. To make your house more attractive to buyers, carve out a little nook for a desk or convert a spare bedroom to office space.
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. 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.
Since gyms closed for a while 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 floormats and hand weights to a corner of your garage or basement to create a gym space.
When it wasn’t 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 aren’t available. Backyards are becoming more and more desirable. Even if your space is small, find ways to spruce it up, like plants and outdoor seating.
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. 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.