Make a Home Office Work for You

by c21commonweath_ldowling 6. January 2020 12:15

Even if you love your job, you probably don’t enjoy traveling there and back five times a week. It’s not hard to understand why most people prefer sleeping in, working in comfortable clothes, and being six steps from their couch at the end of the day over spending a lot of time getting ready and commuting. On top of the convenience, many workers are more productive in their own environments, too.

In a lot of industries, it’s no longer necessary for people to go to a jobsite to get their work done, and employees are well aware of that—according to one 2019 poll, 99% of workers surveyed said they wanted to work remotely at least part of the week, and more employers are obliging to stay competitive.

Now that working from home is such a big part of our culture, a great home office setup is key. While you still live in your house, you’ll benefit from having a designated place to get tasks done, and when it comes time to sell, you’ll have a better chance of appealing to millennial buyers who are accustomed to working remotely. Here’s what you can do to get the most out of your home office before and during your sale.

A Room with a View

Nothing’s more counterproductive than feeling cooped up. Set up your office in a room with a window so you can take in the natural light, enjoy a breeze in nice weather, and look upon nice scenery when your eyes need a break from the computer. When prospective buyers come by, make sure your window is open and the lawn or garden outside has been tended to—they’ll be happier to imagine themselves working in a scenic atmosphere.

Use Your Wall Space

Your home office hopefully won’t be as sterile as the average workspace, but having some of the same accessories will make it more effective. Save room on your wall for a whiteboard or corkboard, a calendar, Post-it notes, etc. Even though you’ll probably take these things with you when you move, showing them to a buyer will prove that your office is a productive environment.

Stick to Business

The point of a home office is to eliminate distractions—otherwise, you’d just work in your living room. A little decoration is okay, but keep television, dishes, your kids’ toys, and other nonwork items out of your dedicated office space. You’ll get more done, and potential buyers will be better able to envision themselves working there without your personal touches.

Ultimately, you should establish your home office in whatever way works best for you personally, but these rules of thumb should serve most remote employees well. Say goodbye to long commutes and hello to a faster sale.