If you are a part of the modern work-from-home movement, you might want your next home purchase to include a space that you can work out of. Here are some of the features that make a home a great workspace as well as a great deal for your family.
What Is the Layout?
Homes that make great offices tend to offer a secluded spare bedroom that feels almost separate from home life. The extra space should be generous and similarly sized to other bedrooms in the house; homes with a tiny kid's room probably won't cut it. Some people choose to make a detached garage or shed into their workspace, which will probably require a bit of remodeling to add heating, appropriate flooring and electrical wiring.
Is it Soundproof?
Soundproofing in your office is a great feature to help you focus on work. Some homes have soundproofing built into the walls, but you could also look into the costs of adding it. Add the layout can offer soundproofing in a way; if your office space is naturally far away from where the rest of the family will spend their time, you may not hear a lot of noise anyway.
How Is the Electrical Wiring?
Electrical wiring is important in any home buying decision, but it is especially important when you are planning on adding taxing electrical equipment to your home office. An electrical inspection is a good part of this home inspection, because it will help you catch potential wiring issues that could be a fire hazard later on.
Does the Space Feel Constraining?
Finally, you want to make sure that the workspace does not feel constrained. It should be a large space with bright walls and, ideally, full length windows that help the space feel bigger. It all makes a difference when you are in a home office, which is typically smaller than the company offices you may be used to working in.
Of course, the work space in your home is only one part of choosing your next home to live in. But it is a big one if it will be where you make your living. So when you are looking at local places with a real estate agent, make sure that they know about your plans to work from home so that they can help you factor that in with all of your other home-buying needs.