It's the time of year when property experts gaze into their crystal balls and announce what's ahead of us for the following 12 months. Jackson-Stops is first off the blocks with reports that all their branches are predicting that garden offices and other types of home office will be at the top of househunters’ wishlists next year. It says specifically that clients will want their working from home facilities to sit outside their main residence i.e. a garden office.
Nick Ferrier, Director of Jackson-Stops’ Midhurst branch, said that there was a particularly noticeable increase in demand from London-based buyers wanting to move out of the capital. "This surge in demand is expected to continue into next year," he said. "Even when offices begin to re-open many of our clients plan to work remotely at least once a week.
“While homes with annexes have always proved popular with buyers for use as an office, we’re expecting a surge in demand for this type of property next year. Annexes will be highly sought after and valued throughout 2021 as people continue to work from home and crave a space which sits outside their current residence to do so, essentially allowing them to ‘leave work at the office’, despite that office now is just a couple of metres away.
“Over lockdown annexes have been a saving grace for many who wanted to be close to elderly parents to offer support and company during a difficult year. In addition to flexible living, an annexe can also provide a second source of income to those who wish to rent them out as a holiday home or even as office space to nearby residents.”
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