Looking for a home after a global pandemic might conjure images of inspecting a secure basement stocked full of canned goods. Most of us are familiar with Hollywood’s interpretations of virus-related movies and how those who survive typically live in rural properties, able to defend themselves against outbreaks while growing all they need in their garden. And, while these tropes are exaggerated, countryside property is actually now in greater demand and improved food storage is appealing. Whether home bunkers are becoming more popular, however, is yet to be seen.
Despite these somewhat skewered depictions, there are many developing priorities for those who are looking to find a home after the coronavirus pandemic. Growing demand in rural property is not only to keep families separated from population-dense cities but also because individuals are less tied to location-based jobs, able to work remotely from wherever they please.
Space is more important than ever. Typically this goes hand-in-hand with rural living as properties are less densely arranged than within city centres. However, even within cities larger properties, are taking precedence as people are unwilling to compromise on space.
Even for those that do not work from home are still spending more time within their residence. The lockdown will continue to keep many businesses closed for some time and people want their homes to feel as spacious as possible. Whereas previously, city-centre apartments have been desirable for their location, they are now becoming more redundant as businesses surrounding them are limited and workplaces no longer require their presence.
Many of those who remain in cities are spending their downtime finding quiet, natural areas to relax in. Having a home that is set among nature is preferable for this reason, as is one with a garden spacious enough to recreate the experience.
Outdoor space is now as valuable as indoor space. The concern of a COVID-19 resurgence is stopping many from relaxing in the park and are instead turning them to sunbathe and BBQ in their own garden. Annexes are ideal for homes that wish to accommodate loved ones at a distance, allowing for a cautious social interaction. They are also being utilised for building log cabins, structures that allow people a separate room potentially dedicated to their work or interests.
As people build more of their lives at home, the environment and how the home interacts with it plays a key role. Insulation from noise and cold is essential when a person is required to spend more time inside, especially if they are expected to work remotely too. Loud noises won’t be easily tolerated through video conferences, nor will a spike in energy bills as homes are heated for longer periods of time.
The concern over energy will prompt more people to seek homes with lower running costs and, where possible, sustainable energy. Solar panels, while initially expensive, are appealing to homeowners as they allow a more beneficial energy consumption, even earning discounts with excess power.
Homes will also be scrutinised for their food storage as people are greatly aware of sudden limitations of food and shopping Pantries are becoming trendy assets to kitchens and larger white goods are being sourced, such as chest freezers, keep people’s minds at ease as well as supporting home cooking.