A Year On
OLIVER MILES looks at how property buyers’ interests and demands have changed over the past twelve months.
Covid19 has changed many things in our lives - our outlook, our expectations, our ambitions, and it has altered the way we live or want to live.
Over the past year we have experienced these variations in an evolving list of property buyers’ aspirations. The usual essentials are still there – right price and location – but now a secondary list of important requirements has appeared as buyers seek to change their lifestyles following the pandemic.
Here are some of the important features being sought by post-Covid buyers today:
- Zoom Room - Homebuyers are attracted by a dedicated office space for home working and schooling.
- Extended Living - With children moving back home and room needed for housing elderly family members, the hunt is on for adaptable properties and those with space to extend.
- Gourmet Kitchen - During lockdown many people brushed up on their cooking skills or even learned from scratch. Now the demand is for better-equipped kitchens.
- Seating for Eating - Increased cooking expertise and a return to traditional family mealtimes has meant a stronger focus on larger dining spaces.
- The Health Conscious Home - Zoom fitness classes and networked exercise machines mean areas for wellness are high priority.
- A Garden Oasis - Many have ‘discovered’ gardening during the lockdown while others want room to play and exercise. More people than ever are seeking good outside space following the strict social distancing rules. Not everyone wants a swimming pool, but room for some, small outdoor luxuries such as hot tubs or barbecues are proving popular as distractions life indoors.
- Creature Comforts - Pet adoptions increased in 2020. Many buyers are looking for homes with pet-friendly features.
- New Homes – The age of home is important to many but some prefer a fresh start in a brand new home with smart, modern and customised fittings and which include a parking space.
If you are thinking of selling your property and it has one or more of these sought after features do call our office for a chat - 01929 426655