Moving home – what’s on your property wish list?
Lockdown has brought about many unexpected changes to how we live our lives, from Zoom board meetings to virtual classrooms and House Party pub quizzes on a Friday night. These changes have also made many reassess what they want from their home and how they use their space. For those with children, a larger garden may be desired to fit in more play equipment. Those who normally work in an office environment may be craving a separate home-office to further increase their productivity. Many have also used this time during lockdown to de-clutter and re-evaluate what rooms in their home are used for. Whatever your reason for moving home, property search criteria’s have changed since the housing market re-opened. The market has not quite caught up on itself prior to lockdown, but people are wanting to move, so what are buyers looking for? Here we give the top five requirements people are searching for from their next step on the property ladder.
- The humble garage.
According to Rightmove’s search criteria, ‘garage’ is the number 1 word used on their keyword feature. A garage has great potential for development for many homeowners, if it’s not used to park a car or store an overspill of garden tools from the shed, it can be converted to create an extra room in the home. The lockdown has seen the closure of gyms, so whilst at home, many have wanted somewhere to exercise and transforming a garage into a make-shift gym has proved popular. A garage also has the potential to convert into a playroom or secondary living space, especially good for those with children, or to create a new home office. New research by Deloitte states that over 60% of workers who do not normally work from home, would now like to work more from home and are looking for ways to create a permanent office space within their property.
- Dive in.
Along with the closure of gyms, pools and leisure centres have also closed their doors, and as a result, those searching for a property with a ‘pool’ is on the up. Swimming is a popular past time and according to ‘Swim England’ over 10% of the population go swimming twice a month, that’s a staggering 4.7m adults. Whether its an outdoor pool or an indoor pool, what most consider a luxury in their home, many are now clearly on the hunt to make a splash.
- The green, green grass of home.
Coming in at number 3 is ‘garden’. Not having access to outdoor space during lockdown has now made the search for ‘gardens’ jump from number 3 to number 5 on the Rightmove search criteria chart. Those who do not live near green spaces, or have access to an outside area, has proved particularly challenging in lockdown. This is further reinforced by a recent survey from the Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors (RICS), where respondents said they predict an 81% increase in desire for properties with gardens or balconies, 74% predict a rise in demand for homes located near parks or green spaces, and 68% think properties with private spaces will be more attractive rather than communal areas.
Those living in cities are reportedly wanting to move out to properties with larger outside private gardens and the Rightmove keyword search is proof people are simply wanting more space. Having a property on an acre of land holds many opportunities for development or to simply enjoy more outdoor green space. Many have discovered a new love for gardening, according to the online site Growveg.co.uk, gardening in lockdown has allowed people to be calmer, more engaged with wildlife, and to slow down their pace of life and connect with nature.
- I do like to be beside the seaside.
Properties by the sea have always been in demand, but their popularity since lockdown has increased dramatically and Rightmove reports the highest increase in demand in areas of the: Shetland Isles, Sandbanks, St Davids, Haverfordwest and South Devon. Coastal properties of all shapes and sizes are witnessing a boom and there is even more of a premium being placed on sea views than ever before. Consumers are not only looking for a sea view but also the change of lifestyle that living near the sea can bring. Many that have dreamt of living by the coast, are now making the move and the extra commute time it may bring for some, is outweighed by the opportunity to work from home and be closer to the sea. According to the Zoopla ‘Monthly Price Index Report,’ they also report an increase in demand in English Coastal cities of Portsmouth, Southampton, and Liverpool.
Are you itching to move – National Property Trade can help.
Whatever your demands are when searching for a property, it is clear buyers’ priorities have changed and the lockdown has given people the time to reflect on what they and their families need from a home. If now is the time for you to move, be in control of your home sale and contact National Property Trade. Our home buying service can purchase your home simply, quickly and with certainty, allowing you to move onto the next chapter of your life with ease.