Finding the right home with a home office
May 31, 2011
The internet and mobile technology has made it easier than ever to telecommute - or, in simpler terms, work from home. More and more workers are taking jobs that allow them to handle their most important work tasks without ever changing out of their pajamas or gassing up their vehicle for a long commute. Of course, in order to work from home, one needs a good home office, and experts say there are a few options
for home buyers who are looking for a property that offers a nice place to get some work done.
Look for conversions
Naturally, developers are taking advantage of the burgeoning telecommuting craze by converting rooms in older properties into offices. The New York Times reports this is most common in apartments or condominiums, which often offer a second or third "bedroom" that's not quite big enough for a bed but perfect in size for a desk and some office equipment.
However, the same conversions are taking place in single-family homes around the country, and many home buyers now say they want to buy a home
that has some space for an office. As a result, developers are taking third or fourth bedrooms that may be lacking in size and offering them instead as potential office space. Oftentimes, real estate agents
say they have more success advertising that office space than they would an extra bedroom.
Of course, home buyers don't have to wait for the word from the developer or real estate agent to make a room conversion - they can do so themselves if they find they don't need that extra bedroom or living space in the home they're buying. Windowless rooms tend to make the most sense, said the Times, as well as quirky or oddly-shaped quarters that never seemed to have much use before.
Build it yourself
If a home buyer has the time and money, they could always have a home of their own built, complete with the workspace of their dreams. Surveys show home offices are becoming a frequently-requested amenity from home buyers working with home builders. A survey by Builders Digital Experience said home buyers typically ask for smaller homes that most often call for large master suites and home office space. Sometimes, home buyers even ask for a separate office for each working adult in the
family, showing how much Americans have come to prize that working space at home.