How to Optimize Your Home for Work

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It seems that the SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) is the new home accessory that everyone needs. Setting up a small temporary work station in your home or bedroom to survive for a few months is one thing, but it’s quite another to be planning to work from home for the long haul.

It’s for this reason that many prospective home buyers are looking for a property with enough scope for at least one home office space.

The perfect SOHO incorporates a variety of factors including:

A designated space: Whether you’re converting a dining room, using a spare bedroom or creating a designated work zone, your home office needs a thoughtful layout to maximize the feeling of space. Ideally, your office will be separated from the bedroom, with an abundance of natural light, a nice view, and some peace and quiet.

Furniture: Obvious office additions are key furniture pieces including a desk (perhaps consider a sitting-to-standing desk), an ergonomic chair, an armchair or sofa if there’s room, and some shelves. Invest in quality supportive furniture that delivers a luxe feeling as this will be a room you spend a lot of time in.

Technology: A good home office leaves you wanting nothing in terms of the right technology; computers, laptops, monitors, printers, phones, chargers and other technology that you may need to do your job. You’ll need a good supply of electrical outlets, reliable WiFi, and a plan to manage all of those cables.

Décor: Create a nice workspace with the addition of a few plants, some framed prints or pictures on the walls, a rug, some books, a desk lamp and good lighting for when you’re working at night, a bin for back-of-the-napkin moments, and some nice personal touches to make it a part of the house that you want to spend time in.

Exercise: If you have enough space in your home office, add a piece of workout equipment like a treadmill, rowing machine, or yoga mat and weights. Short exercise breaks a couple of times a day will keep you focused, motivated, and energized.

The perfect home office setup can be as simple or as fanciful as you choose to make it, which is why anyone currently looking for a new home is adding the perfect home office to their list of must-haves.

And they might be taking a few things off their list too. For example, buyers who will be working from home permanently and don’t have as big a requirement to live close to the office (particularly for those who work in tech) might look to other areas. It’s for this reason that surrounding suburban markets are seeing an influx of new buyer interest.

Even if you don’t intend to work from home forever, when investing in a property, take into consideration that any property that has a good WFH office space will have added value and increased desirability for future buyers.

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