Finding a new home requires a lot of careful decision-making. But when you work from home there are a number of additional considerations that have to be made to find a new house that fits both your lifestyle and your job. The tips below can help you find a house with a home office that’s even better than the one you currently work in.
Which Internet Providers Are in the Area
Virtually anyone who workers from home, whether they be a freelance writer or a furniture maker, will need Internet access. Internet providers vary from city to city and sometimes from one neighborhood to the next. If you don’t require significant upload and download speeds the choice will come down to reliability and price.
When searching for homes it’s best to first decide what area you want to live in before looking at houses. Once you’ve narrowed the list down to your top three or four neighborhoods check out who provides Internet service. Compare prices, read customer reviews and look at the fine print on any special deals. This can help you decide if any areas should be taken off your short list. Also, keep a record as soon as you set up service since Internet fees can be deducted from your taxes.
Space That Separates Work From Home Life
One of the biggest challenges when working from home is being able to concentrate on your to-do list. From televisions to traffic to family members, there are a lot of distractions in a home. The key is finding a house that has room for a dedicated work area. Look for homes that have a:
- Second living room/den
Even a climate-controlled sunroom can be converted into a workspace. The key is to find a space that is out of the high traffic areas of the home, can be closed off and allows you to plug in when you need to tune out the rest of the world.
Whether you work in a traditional office or at home, we all need to take breaks once in a while. Being cooped up inside all day can actually hinder your creativity and performance, which is why it’s important to find a home with amenities nearby. A ideal home office will be in close proximity to:
- Parks or green spaces “Taking short walks in nature has been proven to boost creative reasoning and relieve stress.”
- Restaurants “When you are short on time or need to meet a new client a local restaurant will come in handy.”
- Cafes with Internet access “Just in case the Internet goes out at your house or the coffee machine is on the fritz.”
- Library “In the event you need to use a computer or find resources.”
Ability to Bring Clients Into Your Office
Is there another entry that provides access to the office without having to go through the whole house? Is there a separate workspace in the backyard? Could you potentially convert the garage into a workspace? If your job requires interaction with clients, even if it’s only once or twice a year, the ideal home will provide an alternate entry that brings people into the office instead of the house.
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