There are five home features that Opendoor’s consumer trends expert says builders and homeowners need to pay extra attention to now in order to be ready for 2021. Kitchens and bathrooms can sell an entire home on their own, says Forbes, so buyers today are expecting high-quality kitchens. One survey found 54% of respondents began cooking more during the pandemic than before and 75% have found increased confidence in the kitchen. Those numbers will not be going down anytime soon, as 51% of respondents say they will continue to cook more after the pandemic. In addition, kitchen remodels increased by 40% in June 2020 compared to last year, proving that buyers and homeowners do not want to settle for an outdated kitchen.
If you're considering a kitchen upgrade, I suggest avoiding shiny knobs and hardware and keeping it simple. Remember, less is more. A minimalist kitchen will also look much less cluttered when you have all of your gadgets and cookware out. I personally designed my kitchen without any hardware, which gives it a clean and sleek look. Plus, it helps you avoid fingerprints.
As 2020 brought out the chefs and bread bakers within us, I expect to see higher-quality kitchens top homebuyers' wishlists.
2. Extra bedrooms will become legitimate home offices.
Though the pandemic accelerated a massive rise in remote work this year, many companies are proposing a long-term work-from-home option that indicates the trend is here to stay.