A quarter of future home movers in the UK are reconsidering what they want from their next home, with private outdoor space, bigger kitchens and energy efficiency to the fore.
Analysis by housebuilder Redrow of more than 2,000 UK adults reveals that Covid-19 has forced many to reassess how they want to use the space in their home, and what community features and facilities they want to be surrounded by.
The majority of respondents (60%) stated that having access to private outdoor space, such as a garden, terrace area or balcony, will be the most important factor when choosing their next home. More than a quarter (29%) will be after excellent levels of energy efficiency.
James Holmear, group sales director at Redrow, said: “Lockdown has changed our lives dramatically. More time spent in the home has made us reconsider how we use the space that we have, and how our homes can adapt to more permanent change in the future. Even as more offices re-open, many people will opt to work at home, and people are planning to replace public transport with greener modes of community when they do commute.
“This change has translated to huge shifts in buyer preferences on the ground. Now, we are experiencing more customers adapt their search to homes with extra space to work, and more people are looking for proximity to green space and local shops, over good schools, and cafes and restaurants.
“However, planning and budgeting for changes in the home is simplest when buying a new build. With a renovation on an existing or future home, it is very possible that you will run into unforeseen problems which will see your costs go up. With a new build home, not only are you protected with a 10-year warranty, you can also expect the latest technology and ‘smart home’ features. Buying off-plan often means you can have a say in the design of your home too.”