The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we do just about everything these days. From how we interact with others to the things we look for in a new home, COVID-19 has introduced some different rules to play by.
As such, the home selling and buying process is a lot different, too. These days, buyers are looking for homes with home offices, outdoor spaces, and areas to socialize safely. If you’re selling your home during these trying times, you need to make sure your home has the features buyers are looking for most.
Below, we divulge five of the most popular features homebuyers want in a new COVID-19-friendly home. If you want your home to sell quickly, be sure it has at least one or two of them.
Touted as one of the hottest features in homes today, a home office tops the list as one of the features your home should have if you want it to sell quickly. As the pandemic rages on, more and more people are working from home, with many buyers saying telecommuting influences which home they buy.
Your home office should include plenty of power outlets, lots of natural lighting, and be located away from noisy parts of the house for fewer distractions.
Because the virus doesn’t spread as much outdoors, socializing outside has become the only “safe” place to spend time with others. For this reason, having an outdoor space such as a patio or deck big enough to accommodate a table and chairs as well as a play area for the kids is very much in demand with homebuyers these days. If your home doesn’t already have this, you’d do yourself a huge favor by building one to help your home sell quickly.
Going out today is more likely to consist of hiking a nature trail than a shopping trip to the mall. As such, homes located near parks and other outdoor recreation areas are much more likely to sell fast than ones not conveniently located to these types of outdoor areas.
To this end, buyers are also drawn to safe neighborhoods where they don’t have to worry about their safety while enjoying outdoor activities.
Before the pandemic, kitchen countertop beauty was what buyers looked for. Today, however, not only do the countertops need to look great, but they should be easy to clean and anti-microbial, too.
If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen for a faster sale, consider countertops that don’t have a seam between pieces where grime and bacteria can hide. Also, consider materials that discourage bacteria growth such as granite, quartz, agate, tiger eye, and petrified wood.
Anytime a home’s HVAC system is new, it’s a plus in any homebuyer’s mind. These days, though, it’s a major deal since the spread of COVID-19 is more likely indoors where air flow is at a minimum.
If you have your HVAC system updated for the sale of your home, be sure the technician addresses airflow control and filtration to discourage the spread of germs within the home.