When it comes to buying a house, there are a lot of amenities to consider. However, thanks to COVID-19, buyers are looking for specific amenities that otherwise may not have been all that important to them. 

So, what are some things buyers are looking for in their new abode? Let’s take a look!

1. Large outdoor living spaces

After months of being confined to their homes, people want to be able to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Buyers are looking for outdoor spaces like patios, a large yard, decks, and the like. 

2. Swimming pools

Swimming pools are another highly sought after amenity, especially for those who live in hotter climates where public swimming facilities, lakes, and beaches are still closed. By having a private swimming pool, homeowners can enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool without worrying about wearing a mask or trying to practice social distancing. 

3. Extra space for a home office

Working from home has been the new standard for many people, and for those with limited space, they had to make room. As more and more employers give their employees the option to work from home permanently, buyers are looking for a dedicated office space. There are even some families who want more than one office space so their spouse can work from home or so their children can do school work without disruptions. 

4. Air filtration systems

HVAC systems already require a filter to help keep the air clean, but in light of the pandemic, buyers feel that it isn’t enough. Buyers with compromised immune systems, asthma, and who even recovered from the coronavirus are willing to spend extra money for an air filtration system that purifies the whole house. Of course, buyers are also looking for rooms with plenty of windows or even screened in sunrooms so that they can get plenty of fresh air.

5. Privacy

Before the pandemic struck, buyers wanted open floor plans because it made the home feel open and inviting. Yet, as a result of being stuck in the house for months on end, people are yearning for privacy. So, instead of open floor plans, people want more privacy. They want spaces with doors and walls so they can have some peace. This is especially true for those who work from home and need to be able to concentrate. 

6. Smart home features

Features like touchless faucets and bidets are just a couple of examples of smart home features people are looking for because they can reduce the spread of germs. Other features buyers may look for include heated floors, thermostats and lights that can be controlled from their phone, and even bathroom mirrors that can check your vitals! 

7. Mudroom

Today’s buyers have gotten used to sanitizing things as they come into the house because of the pandemic. For some, this has become a new ritual that will likely continue even after the virus has been contained. Buyers are looking for a transitional space where jackets, shoes, and even packages can be sanitized before entering the main living spaces. 

Buyer’s priorities have shifted due to COVID-19

When it comes to buying the perfect house, buyers still want certain things like upgraded appliances, hardwood flooring, and marble countertops. However, in light of the pandemic, buyers are looking for a home with features that gives them more space, access to fresh air, and technology that’ll help reduce the spread of germs. 

Keep in mind that if you are searching for the things on this list, you may have to reconsider your budget because these features aren’t cheap! And, if you are among the 8% of buyers who are purchasing your first home, you are going to have to keep your expectations in check. 

 For more on COVID-19 and real estate, check out HomeLight’s full report from their Q2 Top Agent Insights Survey.