The COVID-19 pandemic means millions of people are working from home, and for many companies that switch has become permanent. As a result, telecommuting is changing the way many think about where they live and the type of house they live in.
Across Illinois and the nation, numerous companies switched from in-office to work-from-home policies in early spring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019, before the pandemic, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found 24% of employees did some or all of their work from home. That number has skyrocketed in 2020.
What started as a way to keep people safe has become a way of life. Companies are more open to the work-from-home approach with some employers making the switch permanent and others allowing their employees to fluctuate between in-office and at-home workdays.
With remote work increasing in popularity, employees are looking at their homes – and where they live – with new eyes.
If they no longer have to live close to the office, suddenly new options open geographically. Without a commute to worry about, people can move out of the city and into suburban or rural areas.
A Forbes article said 36% of people surveyed said they would consider moving to a new home if they were allowed a permanent remote work situation. That number jumped to 55% for respondents living in an expensive market. Forbes noted “the affordability of the (housing) market made a big swing in responses.”
Workers can return to hometowns to be closer to family and friends or move to areas where they can afford more square footage.
A switch to remote work also means living space that works for an employee with an office job may no longer be ideal for someone trying to work from home.
Setting up a home office on the kitchen table may work for a few weeks or months, but if working from home is the long-term reality, dedicated work space is needed. If a family has two or more members working from home, flexible work space is critical.
In a New York Times article, one real estate agent interviewed said, “The importance of home offices has almost begun to rival the attention that buyers give to kitchens. Where they will work is on nearly every buyer’s mind.”
Because houses are increasingly becoming both work spaces and living spaces, it’s never been more important to have a home inspection before buying.
Rob understands the importance of educating real estate buyers as to the condition of a home and property at the time of the inspection.
He has the knowledge, training and experience to examine and evaluate the property. Following a home inspection, Rob will provide prospective buyers with an inspection report.
The report serves as a “home health report card” and will detail any major deficiencies or expenditures a buyer may encounter during the initial years of owning a home.
If you’re in the process of purchasing a home, schedule your home inspection with Detailed Inspection Services today.