5 Tips For A Killer Home Office

Dated: 07/02/2015

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In today’s technology-driven world, more and more people are telecommuting to work. As a result, they need a home space from which to work. While a home office can potentially be any space in the house, from the kitchen table to a desk at the foot of the bed, professionals with dedicated home office space are more productive and happier home workers. If you’re preparing to sell your home, creating a killer home office just might be the key to a fast sale. And we have five helpful tips for just that:

Tip #1: Location Matters

Adding a desk to the corner of the dining area or the foot of the bed in the bedroom may seem like a decent idea, but the location of a home office matters a great deal. While the dining room may be convenient, it’s close to the kitchen. In fact, in most floor plans the dining area is open to the kitchen. The location can encourage frequent breaks and snacking, which may or may not be cohesive to productivity, and let’s not forget the impact on one’s waistline.

The bedroom is a favorite spot for many to position a desk for at-home work, but it can be detrimental to both productivity and the need for personal space. Work from home pros find a desk near the bed encourages late morning roll outs, the kind where one rolls out of bed and slides into their chair still wearing pajamas. The lack of a morning routine can be detrimental to concentration and efficiency.

In addition, a workspace in the bedroom can detract from one’s time to unwind. It can tempt an at-home worker into overworking and swapping needed rest and relaxation for a project.

What’s the solution? Where can you create a home office space? Follow these simple steps:

  • Pick a vacant space. Find a space in the house that’s practically abandoned. It doesn’t need to be big. It just needs to have a barrier to prevent interruptions.

  • Pick a connected space. Find a space that is (or can be) connected to the rest of the house. For example, a den, study, bonus room, or largely unused guest bedroom are all great choices.

  • Make minor improvements. You can turn any space into an office space with minor renovations. For example, raising the floor to differentiate between the office space and home, adding a party wall, or installing a door are all excellent ways to improve an otherwise un-office worthy space.

Tip #2: Find Furniture

A home office doesn’t need elaborate furniture. If you’re in the process of selling your home, you can dress up possible office space to convey the at-home work space by adding a desk, lamp, chair, and a simple shelving system or filing cabinets.

Since the furniture placed in the office won’t likely be sold with the house, you can focus on creating an inviting display area. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Simple and neutral are the keys to allowing the buyer to envision how the space can be there’s.

Tip #3: Add Technology

The home office space should have a hint of technology. Most at-home workers are beyond the days of fax machines and hardwired telephone lines. Leave an old (currently unused) cell phone on the side of the desk. Put an empty box from a tablet in the center of the desk. Place a briefcase against the wall near the door.

You don’t need to populate the room with real devices unless you’re using the office. Just remember to secure those devices to prevent possible theft. Although it’s rare for a potential buyer to pocket something during a showing, it’s best not to tempt fate.

Tip #4: Add Functionality

The biggest difference between the at-home versus work office is functionality. At work, the atmosphere is professional with light personal touches. You can keep your home office space functional by keeping personal touches to a minimum. While the space should tie in with the rest of the home, it needs to be more professional, which means less clutter and more practicality.

Tip #5: Design an Addition

If you’re purely interested in upping the resale value of your home and in need of a home office space, your best bet might be an addition. While adding on to the house can be the most costly route, it grants the opportunity to custom design the space, which leads to noteworthy benefits:

  • Instead of working with limited space, you can design a room big enough to accommodate your current and possible future needs.

  • The room can be sound proofed to eliminate distraction from the house, which is superb for those at-home workers with children or noisy pets.

  • You can custom place the windows, power outlets, and in-room utilities to maximize efficiency and productivity.

  • You can also custom design a built-in desk or storage system, from shelves to locking drawers and a safe.

  • You can even add a dedicated storage room or bathroom directly off the office to limit treks into the rest of the house to breaks and lunch.

If you do decide to spring for a custom addition, be sure to hire a professional contractor. Check local building codes, and take your time in building a space destined to meet both your needs and those of future homebuyers.

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Chenea Powell

Whether it is your first home or the home you plan to retire in, I will be there to ease the process every step of the way! I find great pleasure in helping people achieve their goals in real estate a....

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