There’s always people on the lookout for their next dream home, but what are they actually looking for in this day and age?
It’s not new news that the recent shift to ‘working from home’ has stuck around. Buyers need a dedicated office space allowing them to focus and close off from the rest of the house with minimal distractions. Whether it be a spacious study, or a cleverly converted area of the home, a dedicated workspace will increase the appeal of, and therefore value of your home.
- Open-plan living
The all-important family time is hard to come by as we live such busy lives; as such, a seamless flow between kitchen, living and dining allows for families to be together more as well as making the home feel much bigger if the central areas are joined. Open-plan living allows for easy hosting, as well as makes it easier to keep an eye on the kids during those busy hours of the day.
- Smart home features
The technological shift in recent years has been enormous. We’re all busy, working long hours, running around constantly and time-poor, meaning convenience is key. Automation simplifies day-to-day tasks and can also dramatically reduce power consumption. Everything from smart lights to security systems controlled by your mobile phone are incredibly popular. Turn your air conditioner on from afar, pre-heat the oven or have your veggie garden irrigation on a timer – it all counts.
- Energy friendly
With the rising cost of living, as well as so many employees working from home (and therefore spending a lot more time at home); everyone is making a desperate attempt to save money wherever possible, and the power bill is a big one! Having energy efficient appliances installed, upgrading to LED lighting for energy efficiency and even having good insulation installed all contribute to lower energy bills.
Of course, each buyer has their own list of criteria they need to meet, some looking for acreage, some looking for residential blocks, some wanting existing dwellings while others want to build; but these ‘trends’ don’t seem to be going anywhere.