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Working from Home – Has this changed what people look for in a home?

2020 has been quite a year. One thing for sure is that many more Americans have had to explore, embrace, and adapt to working from home basically overnight. While for some, this may have been a practice already established, for many this concept was new. In the real estate industry, we wanted to explore if this is affecting what clients are looking for while purchasing a home.

As telecommuting became a necessity so did the need for a quite corner of your home to take business video meetings and important phone calls. For most, maintaining a separate “professional” office within your home was not an option. So, what did people do? Let me share some of the options that we have heard people utilizing.

  • Converting a guest bedroom into a workspace
  • Working from the Basement
  • Working from outdoor space/deck
  • Utilizing the kitchen table as a workspace

As you can see not all these places are quiet and conducive to productive work. So, what are people now looking for when telecommuting appears to be the new norm? Buyers are making the following requests on a regular basis.

  • Separate office space with doors
  • Extra bedroom to allow for guest room and office
  • Larger master suite with room for workspace
  • Finished basement with space for workspace

While it is not always possible to find the “Perfect” work from home space. It has now been a priority to many buyers to ensure that they are able to conduct business from their homes. As we see this trend continue, we may see less and less of the funny video meetings that are interrupted by children and pets.

2020 has changed how we do many things. As it turns out, it also has changed what many are looking for while shopping for a home. Let us know if this has changed your housing needs.

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