As more and more people shift to working from home and distance learning creating a dedicated spot to work and learn prior to selling your home is becoming increasingly popular.
According to realtor.com buyer demand for home office space has accelerated during the pandemic. In a realtor.com® survey conducted this summer, 63% of respondents indicated that they plan to buy a new home in light of their ability to work remotely. And, on average, listings featuring a home office command a 3.4% price premium and sell nine days faster than listings without one, according to realtor.com data.
So how do you highlight a dedicated work space if you currently don’t have one or the funds to remodel the forgotten attic space? You may want to consider transforming a spare bedroom, dining room, or den. The key is to actually make it look like an office or a dedicated space to work, not an after thought.
So pay attention to the details. Try not to have this room do too much. A spare bedroom/office can work. A spare bedroom/office/exercise room does not. It’s also important to make this space feel cohesive. Pay particular attention to colors and artwork, this will help with the overall flow of the room.
To start pick the area you want to focus on and remove everything from that area. Think what you need to work and how much space that requires. Do you need to spread out? Do you need room for a printer? Do you need filing cabinets? Everyone works differently. Since everything is electronic for me I don’t need filing cabinets but I do need a printer.
The space you have to work with may be small so you will need to get creative. Open shelving or utilizing a closet are great options. And don’t forget the chair. It’s time to ditch the folding chair and get something that actually supports your back and is comfortable enough to sit in all day.
Once you’ve figured out what you need it’s time to put everything back in. Placing your desk in front of a window is a great option if you have it. No one wants to work in a dark corner. Good lighting is important for your eyes and your morale. If you don’t have a window you’ll want to consider task lighting and a couple different options. Now is a great time to get a new light fixture, something fun and a focal point for the room.
Don’t forget to add a few plants to your workspace. Plants are very trendy right now, look great in pics and instantly make every space feel more welcoming. They also reduce stress and improve productivity. And who doesn’t need a little more of that right now?