Working from home is certainly not a new phenomenon, but since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, the term “home office” has become so ubiquitous that there can scarcely be anybody left who is not familiar with the concept. This is on top of the fact that many more people than ever before are deciding to take their work home – permanently. If you have recently started working from home, then it is likely that setting up your home office was a matter of adaptation of a space that was previously only a place of relaxation. Nobody wants to actually turn their home into a workplace but, at the same time, simply placing your laptop on the kitchen table and getting down to work is not going to cut it where creating a successful home office is concerned.
A Home for Home Working
Most homes can be pretty successfully adapted to accommodate a home office. Normally, they are set up in spare rooms, away from distractions and, ideally, other occupants of the house. Some homes, however, are not at all suited for a home office, and many are less than ideal. The reason for this is simply that offices are purpose-built buildings to facilitate work, homes are purpose-built buildings to facilitate living – and the two are not the same. Accordingly, creating a perfect home office is always a matter of working with what you have – and making the best of it.
Except that this might not always be the case. It is not unknown for people to relocate their entire residence specifically with the intention of creating a home office that will facilitate work for many years to come.
Make the Home Office a Priority
So if you’re hoping to change address with a great home office specifically in mind, the first thing to do is to make that a priority. A professional real estate broker can certainly aid you here; it is all a matter of communication. With a clear idea of what you want in mind, a realtor can then bring to bear a level of market knowledge and expertise that can make the process that much easier.
City Home Collective, a real estate brokerage based in Salt Lake City, Utah, advise that properties that are accommodating for home working are those with a clearly demarcated space (away from the noisiest parts of the house, such as the kitchen or living room) which can be successfully converted into an office. They also suggest that a home for home working be located away from too much city noise and bustle. So for this same reason, it’s a good idea to set up a home office on the top floor of your home. Here, then, are some tips:
A Clearly Defined Working Space
As mentioned above, you’ll want to have designated area where you can work. This should be spacious and quiet, should be well served by internet and outlets and, perhaps most importantly, it should have a door.
Avoid Noise and Bustle
This not only suggests avoiding the busiest and nosiest parts of town, but also noisy neighbors. A real estate agent can always let you know if the neighbors are particularly noisy or whether you’ve successfully found a “quiet area”.
Well obviously! You are not going to get much work done if you can hear the television from next door and the clatter of DIY from your neighbor’s downstairs kitchen!
However, to say it once again, the most important thing is to communicate to your realtor that home working is a priority – and ensure they make it a priority.