Over the past two years, our homes have become a place to work, play, and relax. From remote working to staycations, people’s homes have become a place where much more time is spent. Naturally, homeowners have been investing their time customizing their homes to meet evolving needs. Although many of these shifts are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these renovation trends are here to stay. If you want to sell your home in today’s market, consider these home renovation trends to maximize your home’s appeal for today’s buyers.
Flexible Home Office
You can design a more functional work-from-home sanctuary by taking into account colors, storage, and decor to maximize productivity, concentration, and aesthetics. Soundproof walls minimize distracting home noises during virtual meetings or phone calls.
A popular work-from-home trend has been constructing a modular pod in your backyard to give you a productive and functional work environment that’s independent of the rest of your living space and all of its distractions. Searches for home offices were up 108%, according to the 2021 Houzz Emerging Home Design Trends Report, with many people returning to the workplace and school, creating home offices that are adaptable can positively affect resale value.
During the pandemic, many people switched to virtual exercise classes, and others had to use what they could to stay in shape. Even though gyms and fitness centers are now operating as normal, creating a dedicated space to train and work out is VERY appealing. Imagine a free gym membership, without having to leave the comfort of your home. For that added luxurious touch, consider adding a sauna or steam room.
The smart home movement has been accelerating these last few years. With the range of voice-activated and touchless systems available for the home, the demand for smart home devices has grown even more. Touchless home features such as Bluetooth door locks, touchless faucets, or voice-activated lighting systems are all enticing features to add to your home, now more than ever, since this could limit the spread of germs from these devices.
Constructing a mudroom that’s dedicated to different needs can help homeowners avoid frantic searches for keys, backpacks, gloves, lost socks, and more. Additional functionality for homeowners looking to renovate their mudrooms in 2022 include; A space for package and grocery-store deliveries; pet washing stations with an oversized sink or shower pan and storage; specified storage for each family member; laundry equipment area complemented with shelves, a counter for folding, and a sink; a central charging station for everyone’s tech tools; and something fun such as a boot dryer. NOTE Go with a waterproof, easy-to-clean luxury vinyl tile floor and install enough recessed LED lights.
While many people were spending plenty of time at home, the bathroom had become an important place to de-stress and relax. Things like big soaking tubs with jets, aromatherapy shower heads, and steam showers allow renovators to turn their basic bathroom into a miniature oasis.
Glass Windows, Doors, & Walls
The trend of homeowners wanting to feel as though they’re outdoors even when they can’t be is expected to continue as nature is considered a boon to wellness. Be ready to change out windows and doors, and sometimes an entire wall to fit larger glass options. Some garage-style glass doors that roll up can give off an edgier look! They are a great way to bring nature into your home and also allow for as much natural light as possible.
The Bottom Line
As the pandemic continues, homeowners are encouraged to spend more time indoors—so get ready for more remodel requests. At First Equity Funding, we focus solely on asset-based lending to real estate investors looking to buy or fix up residential properties in over 40 states throughout the US. We have Rental Loans starting at 3.99% and Fix and Flip Loans starting at7.99%. Contact us today to get started on your next project!