Many people found themselves spending a lot more time at home over the past year due to the pandemic. As work and school shifted online and businesses closed their doors, at-home access to amenities like reliable internet, heat and air conditioning became more important than ever.
For the 107 million renters currently living in the U.S., the pandemic has revealed which amenities they can and can’t live without when spending so much of their time at home. In fact, 36% of Americans are currently unsatisfied with their living space due to a lack of desired amenities, and many have chosen to move somewhere more desirable.
If you are not satisfied with your living space and want to find a unit to rent, first take some time to consider which amenities you can’t live without. Read on to discover which apartment amenities renters say they value the most when apartment hunting in our socially distanced society.
Heat and Air Conditioning
Keeping your living space at a comfortable temperature is essential if you and your family spend a lot of time at home. If central heating and air conditioning are deal breakers for you when apartment hunting, you aren’t alone. A survey asking 3,000 people which amenities they want the most when looking for a new place to live showed that 33% of Americans put heat and AC at the top of their list. If you are looking for a new place, be sure to ask whether these amenities are included in the rent.
Washer and Dryer
Heading to the laundromat was enough of a hassle before the pandemic, and social distancing has made it even harder. It’s no wonder apartments with in-unit washers and dryers are so highly sought-after However, If you aren’t lucky enough to find a place that has them, consider investing in a portable washing machine to reduce your trips to the laundromat.
Having a permanent place to park your car can be a lifesaver if you don’t get out of the house much. If you manage to find an apartment with a parking spot included, remember to ask how far away it is and whether it’s covered or uncovered. It could make a huge difference if you live in a place with extreme or unpredictable weather.
Fast, reliable internet is a must-have if you work from home or have kids that are learning virtually. When considering a new apartment, always ask who the internet provider is and whether the cost is included. If you run out of other options, you can also consider installing your own wifi network
Washing dishes by hand takes forever, and you don’t want dishes piling up if you live in a smaller apartment. That said, even if you’re lucky enough to find a property with a dishwasher included, ask your landlord in advance if it has had any issues. Dishwashers can save you a lot of time, but they can also cause a lot of problems when they break.
The pandemic has forced many of us to convert our living spaces into home offices or classrooms. While it isn’t the most coveted amenity, extra storage space can make your apartment feel less cramped when you have to make room in your apartment for a workspace.
Now that we're nearing the one-year mark of COVID-19 lockdowns around the world, people are re-evaluating what's important to them since they're spending more time than ever at home. What home amenity would you not be able to give up?