Further Research Into Remote Working Affecting Buyers

20th August 2020 posted in BUYERS

If you have been working remotely throughout the pandemic, you will likely be coming to terms with the situation. There are mixed opinions regarding the merits of remote working, but it is likely this form of working is here to stay.

There are cost benefits to companies while workers can save money, time and boost their work-life balance. It will not be a surprise if many companies decide to continue with remote working, even as we move forward.

This will impact on many aspects of everyday life. City and town centre shops and transport options, often dependent on an influx of daily workers, might be affected. You will also find remote working is likely to change buyer behaviour in the housing market.

There is a greater degree of flexibility associated with remote working

If employees no longer need to be in easy reach of the office every day, there is more flexibility as to where people can live. Remote working will also likely impact how we set up our homes, which is another issue which is set to shape the housing market.

At Country Properties Hitchin, we have spoken with many buyers and vendors in the local area. We know there are strong opinions regarding the impact remote working has had on the housing market. We also stay in touch with research and studies across the country.

There are strong opinions regarding remote working

Attic Self Storage has carried out research which indicates 41% of office workers expect to continue working from home. 44% of respondents said that home working was the most productive way for them to work.

19% of respondents expect their office to close down, which will see more people working from home. 25% of remote workers plan on carrying out changes at their home to ensure it is multi-functional. 27% of home workers plan on carrying out home improvement work which will make remote working easier. 36% of respondents intend to declutter their home to aid remote working.

The study compiles the most productive places to work from home as being:

1.      Kitchen table / dining area

2.      Sofa / living room

3.      Bedroom

4.      Home office/ study

5.      Garden / garden shed

6.      Balcony

7.      Garage

8.      Children’s room

9.      Campervan

10.   Bathroom

Sophie Scott is the Senior Partner and global Managing Director of technology, FleishmanHillard. She spoke about remote working, saying; “Our research shows that the vast majority of people don’t want ways of working to just return to ‘normal’, as some employers start to plan for a return to physical offices. Jobs we previously thought could only be done from the traditional workplace have adapted, and workers have discovered they enjoy many parts of remote working.”

Sophie continued by saying; “It’s not all been easy though, with many identifying the inability to communicate in person as a key challenge, as well as finding it harder to separate work and home. It’s clear though that many of the communications tools that we have been completely dependent on during lockdown will play a far greater role in day-to-day work than they did before Covid-19 suddenly disrupted our lives.”

Currently, in line with Government guidelines, our Hitchin branch has reopened and is again staffed with sales and lettings personnel.  To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01462 452951 or email hitchin@country-properties.co.uk.

If you have been working remotely throughout the pandemic, you will likely be coming to terms with the situation. There are mixed opinions regarding the merits of remote working, but it is likely this form of working is here to stay.

There are cost benefits to companies while workers can save money, time and boost their work-life balance. It will not be a surprise if many companies decide to continue with remote working, even as we move forward.

This will impact on many aspects of everyday life. City and town centre shops and transport options, often dependent on an influx of daily workers, might be affected. You will also find remote working is likely to change buyer behaviour in the housing market.

There is a greater degree of flexibility associated with remote working

If employees no longer need to be in easy reach of the office every day, there is more flexibility as to where people can live. Remote working will also likely impact how we set up our homes, which is another issue which is set to shape the housing market.

At Country Properties Hitchin, we have spoken with many buyers and vendors in the local area. We know there are strong opinions regarding the impact remote working has had on the housing market. We also stay in touch with research and studies across the country.

There are strong opinions regarding remote working

Attic Self Storage has carried out research which indicates 41% of office workers expect to continue working from home. 44% of respondents said that home working was the most productive way for them to work.

19% of respondents expect their office to close down, which will see more people working from home. 25% of remote workers plan on carrying out changes at their home to ensure it is multi-functional. 27% of home workers plan on carrying out home improvement work which will make remote working easier. 36% of respondents intend to declutter their home to aid remote working.

The study compiles the most productive places to work from home as being:

1.      Kitchen table / dining area

2.      Sofa / living room

3.      Bedroom

4.      Home office/ study

5.      Garden / garden shed

6.      Balcony

7.      Garage

8.      Children’s room

9.      Campervan

10.   Bathroom

Sophie Scott is the Senior Partner and global Managing Director of technology, FleishmanHillard. She spoke about remote working, saying; “Our research shows that the vast majority of people don’t want ways of working to just return to ‘normal’, as some employers start to plan for a return to physical offices. Jobs we previously thought could only be done from the traditional workplace have adapted, and workers have discovered they enjoy many parts of remote working.”

Sophie continued by saying; “It’s not all been easy though, with many identifying the inability to communicate in person as a key challenge, as well as finding it harder to separate work and home. It’s clear though that many of the communications tools that we have been completely dependent on during lockdown will play a far greater role in day-to-day work than they did before Covid-19 suddenly disrupted our lives.”

Currently, in line with Government guidelines, our Hitchin branch has reopened and is again staffed with sales and lettings personnel.  To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01462 452951 or email hitchin@country-properties.co.uk.