Make Your Home Office Happen
Working at home has become the new norm in recent months for hundreds of thousands of small business owners around the world. Whether you are new to the work-at-home phenomenon or have been doing it for a while, there has never been a better time to establish a home office. As you think about options for a home office, there are three factors to consider.
Making RenovationsDeveloping a home office may require renovation of an existing space. As you think about your home workspace, consider the specific tasks of your daily work life. When needed, make renovations that help boost productivity as well as comfort.
Whether you are adding to your home or repurposing an underused space, be sure to consider factors such as heating and cooling source, wireless connectivity, privacy issues, and noise reduction needs. Regardless of what types of renovations you make, keep track of spending and consider talking to a tax consultant about whether you can write off these expenses for your home office. If you are self-employed, the Internal Revenue Service suggests that there may be many tax exemptions to consider.
Designing a Home OfficeDesigning your home office space can be a fun and creative process. There are some simple ways to add personal touches and create a space that invites your best work and helps focus your mind. Here are a few things to consider.
- Colors: Choosing a color for your home office is a task that may require careful consideration. The color and shade you select can have a subconscious impact on your productivity and emotional state. Blue is considered a psychologically productive color, for example, while green is thought to offer a balance between cognitive tasks and emotional well-being.
- Lighting: While natural lighting is always best, sometimes that isn’t feasible in certain home office setups. If you can, avoid the use of fluorescent lights that are especially draining on the eyes. Opt for full-spectrum lighting or softer lighting options such as lamps that may be easier on the eyes than harsh overhead lights.
- Work area ergonomics: According to the National Institute of Health, it is crucial for you to consider the impact of your workspace on your body. The NIH offers a helpful instruction guide and checklist for optimal computer ergonomics. If your work requires a lot of sitting and computer usage, it may benefit you to think about a convertible desk. A convertible desk will enable you to work standing up or sitting down.
- Distraction management: One of the most challenging aspects of working at home can be the onslaught of distractions from family, pets or roommates. Create a home office in which you can separate yourself from other commotion of the home.
Your home office should be a space you enjoy that helps focus your mind and attend to the workday tasks. Considering the hours you will be spending in the home office, it is important to make it an area that is user-friendly and brings out your best work.
Buying a New Home
If your current home is not able to accommodate an office, it may be time to consider purchasing a home that better meets your needs. People who are planning a long-term work-at-home career may find that a move is a practical alternative.
When searching for a new home, be mindful of ads that indicate a sale “as-is”. Buying a home “as is” could mean there are structural problems such as a leaky roof, pest infestations, or mold issues that the current owner does not intend to repair prior to selling.
Consider hiring Battle Real Estate Team to support your home buying process to ensure that you are well represented during the process. It may also be helpful to bring in a home inspector prior to closing to make sure you are aware of any structural issues that will require repair.
As you begin developing your home office, consider the amount of time and energy you will expend working in that space and enjoy the process of creating a workspace that is both practical and enjoyable.
Battle Real Estate Team can help you find the perfect Toronto home for you and your family. Get in touch with our team of experts today by visiting our website or calling 416-236-1871.
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