If you work from home, chances are you’ll have different considerations from other people who are looking for a new property. People who go out to work every day spend considerably less time in their houses than people who freelance or run their own businesses from home, which means that if you work at home, your house will be even more important to you. Here are some tips to help you out…
Consider Your Location
If you don’t have to commute to work every day, then you’re probably not too worried about where your new house is in relation to bus stops and train stations – if you don’t have to take part in the daily rat race then you really don’t have to worry about it! But you should be aware that working from home can sometimes feel very isolated – living in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere might not be the best idea if you’re single and you don’t have to go to work every day, because you might go for a few days at a time not speaking to another human being. Although that might sound pleasant, in the long run it won’t make you too happy. Make sure you’re within walking distance to local stores and that you can still see your friends easily – and if you have a pet or you’re considering getting a dog, make sure you’re close to local dog walking routes and dog parks.
What About Your Home Office?
If you work from home then your home office is extremely important. Being comfortable when you’re working is important for both your mental and physical health. If at all possible, you need to make sure that you have a specific room for your home office. That means that you can ‘leave work’ at the end of the day and shut the door behind you so that you can relax elsewhere in your home and you won’t get too burned out. A lot of people have problems relaxing if they can see their desk and stacks of paperwork from their couch or, even worse, their bed. A converted attic or a small spare bedroom with plenty of natural light are perfect for home offices. You could even build a little shed with heating and electric lights in your back yard to work there. If you don’t want people to know that you work from home or to give out your address, try using a service like physicaladdress.com.
Do You Need Renovation Work?
Finally, your flexibility may make you think that you’ll be in a perfect place to watch over any renovation work that’s going on with your new home, so it’s perfectly okay to get a place that needs a lot of changes made to it. But the truth is that if you don’t want to be disturbed too much when you’re working at home, you need to buy a property that already has a kitchen and bathroom you love, along with plenty of space so you don’t need any extensions. Being flexible enough to let in builders and plumbers and electricians is great – but it will disturb your work and disrupt your working day, which in turn means that you’ll lose out on money. You need to consider your priorities very carefully.