7 Ways COVID-19 Will Change Our Homes, According to Real Estate Experts
The demand for smarter bathrooms, though, may have been picking up momentum even prior to COVID-19. Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Wisconsin-based Kohler introduced a suite of smart bathroom technology that includes touchless toilets with smart sensors and bath presets that will remotely draw a bath.
Multi-generational homes have been trending for several years, as parents and in-laws have been moving in with their adult children, requiring care as they age and also helping out with grandkids. But COVID-19 has accelerated this trend, says Michelle Mumoli, a real estate agent with The Mumoli Group at Triplemint, who specializes in moving people out of Jersey City and Hoboken into smaller suburban towns.
“I think we are seeing families not wanting to consider assisted living facilities, and instead bringing their families together under one roof,” she says.
The pandemic has been tough on families who have not been able to visit their loved ones in senior living communities during the shutdown due to visitor restrictions. Mumoli expects more multi-generational homes will create a demand for ground-level home suites. These homes will be mindful of ADA-compliances, like wider bathroom doors, lower positioning of light switches, and dropping down kitchen countertops a few inches, she says. With more people living under one roof, green homes features will be prioritized, too, Mumoli expects.
7. Home Offices in Creative Places
Kitchen tables have been working overtime, serving as workstations and home-schooling desks amid COVID-19. As remote work becomes more prevalent, homebuyers will want to ensure that there’s adequate office space, says Ashley Baskin, licensed real estate agent based in Irvine, CA, who serves on the advisory board for Home Life Digest.
“In the coming months we are anticipating there will be an increase in demand for office space in homes, a novelty that has been fading over the last few decades,” Baskin says.
Bedrooms may be staged to look like a home office. Or, homeowners may upgrade spaces to include home office features like built-in bookshelves and desks. Finishing garages, attics and basements to create an extra room may become a popular renovation, Baskin expects. She also predicts people will start utilizing outdoor space for home offices in creative formats: If allowed by municipal codes and permitted by HOAs, converted shipping containers or tiny homes may pop up in the yard to create a workspace that’s separate from the home.
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