Working From Home – Luxury Style

2nd August 2012

Earlier this month Boris Johnson advised Londoners to consider working from home during the Olympic period. Nowadays however, more and more people are choosing to work from home, Olympics or no Olympics.

With mobile network advancements in today’s society, people can pretty much work from any location whenever they want. Office bound work stations are becoming a thing of the past and employers are recognising the importance of offering flexibility in getting the best productivity out of their staff. This, coupled with increasing transport and fuel costs means that working from home is becoming more and more popular and for many households home offices or studies are extremely important.

If you are embarking on a property search and would like the option to work from home, having a fully equipped private area which can be isolated for work is a must. Many people may choose to simply convert a small bedroom or a garage into a study but when doing so, creating a pleasant and comfortable working environment should not be ignored. The likelihood is that if you are working from home on a regular basis, you will be spending a lot of time in your home office and you should ensure that the space is conducive to maximum productivity.

Things to consider when looking for a property with a home office or converting another room into a study are:

  • Space – make sure your office space is not claustrophobic
  • Connectivity – make sure the room has a good mobile connection – it will be extremely frustrating if broadband or mobile phone signals are intermittent in the space.
  • Decor – keep walls neutral but create a comfortable feel with subtle use of artwork, framed family photos and plants.
  • View – if possible a study should have a large window with a pleasant view – there is a lot to be said for a pretty view to clear the mind when needed. A distracting view however, such as a busy street, or your favourite coffee shop should be avoided!
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