With major employers now stating that their employees will be working from
home for the foreseeable future, many homebuyers have adjusted their list of
desirables in their next home. Some not only need to plan for a home office
space, but also need to accommodate the homeschooling or distance learning
needs of their children as well.
This is impacting the way homes are marketed and the type of features that have
become important to buyers at all price points. Of course, homebuyers with
larger budgets have the luxury of seeking homes with extra bedrooms or offices
and dens already included. But many buyers are not as fortunate and need to find
the needed space in more creative ways.
The easiest way to add working space is within the bedrooms. This offers the
ability to close a door for privacy. Larger bedrooms (both in master and secondary
bedrooms) have been a top priority for homebuyers. Another important feature is
an open floorplan which features a Great Room design. For generations, kids have
done their homework at the kitchen table, and a spacious kitchen/family room
combo makes it easier for home learning without becoming cluttered. Another
option for homebuyers is a separate formal dining room which could be
converted to a workspace.
With all the changes in working and learning environments for both adults and
kids, the home is even more important than ever. As needs change, homebuyers
seek different features from their new dwellings.