Shopping for an apartment can be an anxiety-inducing process, even during normal market conditions. In today’s climate, it is not as simple as checking off the routine amenities and features such as a pool, fitness center, walk-in closets and washer/dryer connections; now you have to consider, can I enjoy these amenities safely and are these items still my must-haves. For many, 2020 has made apartment home shoppers reevaluate what is important to them when selecting their new home.
Things to consider
– Has the pandemic brought changes to how you work and live?
– Are you now working from home and/or having to homeschool your children?
Does your current space allow you to do this effectively? If not, what type of space would help make this possible; a den, breakfast nook or an extra bedroom to convert to an office? Click Here for some ideas on how to makeover your space.
– Have you modified your hobbies or your normal routine due to the pandemic?
Consider the activities in your life that you have had to modify and evaluate what features could help with this transition. Would having flex space that you could utilize for a home gym assist in your new goals? What about a larger kitchen with a dishwasher while you practice your newly honed sous chef skills? Would having washer/dryer connections ease the anxiety of having to go to a crowded laundry mat? What about a nice sized balcony or patio to allow for some fresh air? Unsure how to utilize your flex space- check out this article.
What Covid-19 precautions have the community put in place to assist their client’s needs?
Has the community put Covid-19 safety solutions in place to allow residents to enjoy their amenities safely? Are the business centers, gyms and pools designed to allow for social distancing? Are there online options to pay rent, submit service requests, apply online and complete the move-in process? Does the community offer Virtual and Self-Guided tours? Do they have informative websites with features like 3D floorplans and 360 tours? To check out what these features look like, CLICK HERE.
With experts stating that our current environment could become the “New Normal” and that we may be social distancing and utilizing mask usage we must consider all these factors. With 42% of people working from home in 2020 (a 39.5% increase from 2019), our home plays a much larger role in our lives than ever before. Identifying what you need to make the most of your new home will help to ensure a smooth apartment home search during these unprecedented times.