COVID-19 Is Reshaping the Way We Will Live Going Forward
Real Estate Reality By Carl Medford, CRS
“As seen in the Real Estate Reality Column in the San Leandro Times & Castro Valley Forum, written by Carl Medford”
As the pandemic deepens and indicators suggest it may be at least a year before things return to normal, we are beginning to hear the same theme repeated over and over by both current homeowners and those looking to purchase a home of their own:
“This house is too small!”
With most of life being confined to the home front, it is becoming obvious to many that having ample space has become the most important priority. When you think that a family of four, in addition to normal space requirements, also needs working space for both adults and school space for the kids, things are getting very cramped. With many gyms still closed, having a space in the home to exercise has become critical for many. Additionally, now that the colder weather is just around the corner, activities that were held outside will now be moving inside for the winter. What may have seemed like an adequately sized house prior to COVID-19 is now feeling tight and congested for many families.
All this extra time spent at home is also helping homeowners focus their thoughts on how to improve their digs. Contractors are being run off their feet to keep up with the onslaught of homeowners looking to upgrade their homes and improve the quality of their lives. Popular projects include improving the quality and speed of internet connections, removing walls to open up spaces, adding home office space, renovating kitchens and bathrooms, increasing the size of the master bedroom, building a home gym, adding features such as The Mirror (a smart mirror that can stream workout classes) and more.
Multi-unit developments such as apartments, condos and townhouses are also being impacted as Home Owner Associations are looking to provide covid-friendly features to commonly shared spaces. These include touchless entry systems, high quality air filters and common areas where social distancing is more practical. Exterior spaces are also undergoing reconfigurations as it is becoming increasingly necessary for those being cooped up inside for long periods of time to have a quality outside space to go to where they can also adequately distance themselves from others who may be out at the same time.
It is a brave new world and, even when COVID-19 is a speedbump in the rearview mirror of life, the lessons learned during this time will effectively reshape the homes we live in going forward.
Carl Medford is a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty and a licensed general contractor. This article is sponsored by the Central County Marketing Association.