COVID is Changing How We Live

Posted by Help Now on Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at 4:11pm.

COVID-19, to simply state, has forced us to make drastic changes in our normal lives. In addition to social distancing and wearing masks, many people are now working from home indefinitely and families have chosen to home-school their children. Dining rooms have been converted into home offices, bedrooms are now classrooms, garages resemble home gyms, and yards are make-shift gyms. Finding dual purpose for rooms, that were once our sanctuaries or private spaces, tested our creativity and imagination.  In doing all of that, homeowners did get creative and across the US, we saw more home improvement projects both inside and out.  We also saw home "wish lists" change and more buyers wanting bigger yards and different floorplans.  A recent survey from found that more than 75% of those surveyed had completed at least one home-improvement project since March, and 78% plan to start a project within the next year. More time at home and the desire to increase the value in their homes were the biggest motivators.  Some of the most popular home improvements included improving high speed internet connection, adding an outdoor pool, creating a home office, and adding a home gym.  


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Other changes brought about during this pandemic include builders adding touchless faucets, keyless doors, and better quality air filters to their homes.  In more luxurious townhouse properties, we are seeing larger outdoor (private) spaces, Alexa and Google Home devices, flexible office spaces, and the Mirror (smart mirror that streams workouts) in each unit. We will also see less vertical style condo units and more semi-private elevators and more amenities in higher density housing areas. In terms of floorplans, open concept floorplans won't be going away anytime soon.  

What are some of the creative ways you found to use your home during this pandemic or what home improvement projects have you tackled? 


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Utah Dave - Neighborhood ExpertUtah Dave - Daybreak Neighboorhood Expert and Local Resident

My friends nicknamed me Utah Dave in high school because they said it didn't matter where we went in Utah, I would know how to get there and who we needed to talk to. The name sticks today as UtahDave has formed into a professional real estate network of Neighborhood Experts all across the state. I live in Daybreak with my wife and 4 amazing children. I enjoy dancing (which is how I met my wife Dawn) as well as traveling, coaching, and learning.

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