Shelter at Home Features That Matter

Consumers identified home features they value in their current homes and the issues they’re facing while sheltering in place.

Amy McIntosh
12/23/2020
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Image by Junjira Konsang from Pixabay
Image by Junjira Konsang from Pixabay

Winter is here and the coronavirus pandemic rages on, so home is where we’ll continue to spend the next few months. Realtor.com surveyed 1,300 consumers to identify the home features consumers value in their current homes, the issues they’re facing while sheltering in place, and the must-have features in their next home based on their shelter-in-place experience. See the graphs below for their findings.

Other key findings of the survey include:

  • More space topped the lists of desired changes for current homes and must-haves for second homes. On both lists, the need for an updated kitchen came in second and home gyms were third. 
  • Renters were more likely to desire more outdoor space and separation from neighbors than homeowners. Homeowners would like better technology from their next home.
  • At the time of the survey, 32 percent of respondents had undertaken home improvement projects while sheltering in place, while 15 percent planned to.
  • Top home projects included cleaning out a closet or garage, gardening or planting, rearranging furniture, and adding decor
  • or artwork.
  • Respondents with minor children were more likely to value a bigger house, outdoor space and more rooms than those without.

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