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How the pandemic has changed our homes

Posted by Birchills on 07/04/2022

The lockdowns and social restrictions that followed in the wake of COVID-19 had some interesting consequences for Britain’s homes. Almost nine-million bedrooms have been repurposed to adapt to our rapidly changing lifestyles. A survey of 2,000 households found that 53% of UK homeowners transformed one bedroom, while 22% sacrificed more than one.*

Given the surge in home working during the pandemic, it’s not surprising that just under half chose to prioritise finding space for a home office. According to the survey, most people wish to keep this setup as flexible working remains the norm. Staying active and enjoying nights in were also popular reasons for repurposing bedrooms. Since March 2020, Brits have created over one million gyms, with home bars, cinemas, and music rooms close behind.

Despite this radical alteration in how we use our homes, 55% of owners feel they have compromised in other areas. Those surveyed often mentioned lacking room for guests and having less privacy. 11% even said their children must now share a bedroom.

Younger people with smaller properties particularly feel the pinch when it comes to space. Combined with long-term lifestyle trends and post-pandemic priorities, this pressure means that almost one-third of people may be looking to up-size soon. 

With demand for homes still high, and the spring peak well underway, now is a great time to sell. Since the pandemic, property prices have been steadily rising, so make sure you contact us for an up-to-date valuation.

*Opinium Research

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