According to Fundera, approximately 3.7 million people in the United States spend at least half of their workweek working from their homes as of 2017 (the latest statistics available). That marks a 115% increase from the number of people that worked from home just 12 years prior. In the last five years alone, the number of employers offering a work-from-home option increased by 40%. Experts expect this trend to continue into the future. Therefore, if you plan on putting your house on the Havasu real estate market, it behooves you to include a home office when you stage your home. Before you stage, though, consider these “must-haves” to make the best impact.
Home Office Must-Haves
First of all, the office must be functional. Set it apart from other rooms in your home with a desk and chair. Keep things simple and sleek. Instead of a traditional bulky office desk, use a small dining table. Add a comfortable office chair. You need only enough room to fit the PC/laptop, a lamp, and an organizational system to keep office supplies inside. Add some interesting artwork to the walls for a bit of color. Filing cabinets or (better yet) stylish shelving help maintain a sense of professionalism. Sunlight bounces off a computer screen, making it difficult to see. Bamboo blinds or metal shades keep the sun at bay when needed. Stylishly simple makes a better impression than big and bulky.
Next, you need storage. Adding shelving to a closet allows for extra storage without impeding on the size of the room. It also makes it easier for someone to transform it back into a bedroom if they desire. Add open shelving to one or two walls. Adding a small filing cabinet or two completes the professional home office look.
Finally, telecommuting requires an internet connection. Sometimes, wireless routers drop the signal. Therefore, a hard-wired computer might be needed. If that’s the case, you’ll need to make sure the office includes a phone jack or a cable to connect to the internet seamlessly before you put your home on the market. Buyers notice whether you made this effort or not. When you do list your property on the market, it might be nice to let potential buyers know what internet company you use and whether you’re happy with the service. Sometimes, it’s the little things that buyers notice the most.
Alexis Steel – 928-303-2199
Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty
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