The Value of Home (Post Virus)
Oliver Miles considers what is to be expected after this crisis has eased.
In houses and apartments all over the country those in lockdown are wondering and talking about life after the Covid 19 threat has passed.
If this period of isolation from our families, friends and normal routines has taught us anything, it has taught us about the value of home. Our homes have kept us safe, no matter how small or confined or difficult this has been. This is what homes do and have always done, and it is what they are designed to do - they keep unwanted intruders out and safety within.
Over the past few decades the comfort and solace in owning a home seems to have taken a back seat to making an investment and capital growth. In the future security, affordability in crisis, space appropriate to need and proximity of family will perhaps become the motivation for home ownership.
This time in lockdown has given many of us the opportunity to re-evaluate where and how we live. Our shopping habits will have altered, and so have our methods of communicating and finding entertainment. Many more of us will work from home, having realised that a daily commute is perhaps not necessary and so some will want more substantial homes. Some will make the decision to downsize or right-size. Many will elect a lifestyle change and choose to move to the country, to the coast or even opt for city life. Our needs for what a home gives us may change, but it will not alter the local property market.
Coronavirus is a health issue: it is not a property issue. This virus has reminded us what a wonderful, helpful and joyous community we inhabit and the true value of living here.
When we are over this emergency Oliver Miles will be here to understand your property needs and offer suitable and attractive solutions, because if there is one thing we do know a great deal about, it is the value of home.