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5 TIPS FOR HOME BUYERS WHO WORK FROM HOME

Written by Abby Perkins on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 4:16 pm

Home buyers who work from home instead of working in an office have unique needs when it comes to potential properties. The right layout and location can make it easier for a person to be productive when working at home – but the wrong one can make it hard to stick to your to-do list and get things done.

If you’re a home buyer who works from home, there a few things you should consider before you make a final decision about a house or an apartment. Consider the following 5 things to create a space that’s great for working from home:

1. A LARGE WORKSPACE WITH NATURAL LIGHT

The first thing for telecommuters to look for in a potential property is a comfortable workspace they can use as a home office. The space should be large enough for a desk, a computer and any other furniture to fit in comfortably, with lots of natural light. Dim rooms can be detrimental to productivity in a home office, and dreary lighting can make workers feel tired and unmotivated. Natural light is best, so home buyers should look for a place that with a home office that receives lots of natural light throughout the day.

2. A SEPARATE, DEFINED WORK AREA

A room with natural light that can fit a desk is important. However, that room should also be separate from the bedroom, living room or kitchen areas. Working in dual-purpose areas blurs the lines between work and personal time. It’s common for people who work in the same places where they relax or spend time with family to feel more stressed, since they associate these areas with work of play. And the converse is also true – if you’re working in an area you primarily use to watch TV, it could hurt your productivity.

3. NEARBY COFFEE SHOPS OR BOOKSTORES

Even if a telecommuter can create a dedicated work area at home, there are times when productivity is affected by unexpected factors, like construction or maintenance. Moreover, just getting out of the house now and then can do wonders for productivity. Having a coffee shop or bookstore with Internet access nearby is important.

People who work at home often feel isolated, so going to a coffee shop to work also provides the benefits of allowing a person who works at home to interact with others. It doesn’t hurt to look for a café that is known for having high-quality coffee or a large menu, too – even the hardest workers need to fuel up now and then!

4. A QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD

Some people can work through background noise, but there are many telecommuters who find noise a huge distraction. And neighbors who make a lot of noise are not the only problem. Homes that are located along roads with a high volume of traffic can make it difficult for people to work. High-quality windows that utilize noise-cancelling technology may be able to help, but most homes do not come readily equipped with these types of windows. And even if windows can drown out the noise, who wants to stay locked up inside when the weather is nice? If you’re someone who can’t work through the noise, a home that is located in a quiet area is a better option.

5. STRONG INTERNET AND CELL SERVICE

The most important thing for a telecommuter to look for in a potential home? Strong Internet and cell phone service. People who work at home generally use email and cell phones to communicate with customers, clients and coworkers, so having a strong signal is important – both for your productivity and your reputation as a worker. Homes in more rural areas may not get as strong a connection to the Internet, and cell service in these areas can be spotty. Before you commit to a home, make sure your cell provider has good service there, and you can get the type and speed of Internet you want.

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1200 Overland Ave
Burley, ID 83318
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