Lauren Bunting

(May 1, 2020) We all want to see the pandemic come to an end, but realize the return to normal life will be a gradual progression—and one that will bring along changes in the way we live.

When it comes to real estate and your home, some of the changes that might come about in your home design and renovation decisions could be:

Home offices: With many working from home right now, if you don’t already have a designated home office, you are probably working from your kitchen counter or your dining room table.

Additions might include home office space that will allow for uninterrupted video conferencing calls.

Touchless in-home technology: Touchless faucets and light switches, as well as voice-controlled home automation should see a surge with the constant need to hand wash and the reminder to wash your hands after you touch anything and before you touch your face.

There is even technology being introduced that automatically opens doorknobs for hands-free entry to your home.

HVAC purification systems: Homeowners will want to be able to breathe easy that the air in their own homes is safe.

Taking the next step beyond a one room air purifier, upgrades to whole house HVAC systems are available, such as the award-winning REME HALO in-duct air purifier, which reaches every cubic inch of air that your central ac can reach.

This whole home in-duct air purifier is designed to reduce odors and air pollutants and it’s effective against particulates, microbials and gases.

This system has been thoroughly tested on airborne and surface bacteria and viruses, such as MRSA, e-coli, and Norwalk, to name a few.

Bigger pantries: The need to stock up on food essentials to minimize trips to the grocery store, which in turn, minimizes your risk of exposure to an airborne virus, will prompt more homeowners to expand their pantry closets.

Hand washing sink options: With the need to increase hand washing to prevent the spread of the virus, adding utility sinks in garages and half bathrooms could be on the rise.

– Lauren Bunting is a licensed Associate Broker with Atlantic Shores Sotheby’s International Realty in Ocean City.

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