You may have noticed that your feelings about your home have changed, for better or worse, as a result of staying inside it more often. The pandemic has kept many of us indoors for months on end, and that’s given us a lot of time to really look at our homes. Do you see yours in the same way as before? Are you re-evaluating the amount of space you need, especially given recent economic and social shifts? Have your general needs changed?
Many of us have had to start working from home instead of going into the office, and for some, the transition will be a long-lasting one. Employers are seeing the potential benefits of keeping some employees at home full-time, but that means many workers will need a permanent workspace within their own homes.
Do you need a quiet, closed-off space in which to work efficiently? Do you need a dedicated space for daily Zoom meetings and virtual conferences? Has your once-desirable open floor plan become a barrier to work privacy? If you’re teaching children from home, do you need a classroom area where they can learn? Some wish for a home gym to avoid crowds in public fitness centers, while others long for a larger outdoor space so they don’t feel so cooped up.
Regardless of your situation, your definition of a dream home has probably changed somewhat. Our “wants and needs” list now would likely be quite different from one we’d write a year ago. Fortunately, if it’s becoming apparent that your current wants and needs are no longer met, it’s a perfect time to start the house hunt. Record-low interest rates mean you can easily and affordably trade up to a larger space that suits the new normal we find ourselves living in.
If you’ve been weighing your options and considering moving into a new home, I’m always here to help you find out what your home is worth, what you can afford, and what’s available on the market. Reach out to me at (800) 722-2585 for a free consultation; I look forward to speaking with you soon.