Remote, In Person, or Hybrid?
Buying a Home For Your Work Needs.
The pandemic has changed a lot of things about our present world. Remote working, for instance, seems to be here to stay, at least in some cases. In other situations, people are doing a hybrid system where they go into a workplace part time and stay home to work part time. And of course, for many people, remote jobs aren’t an option. We are so grateful to all those who have been working in person this whole time to help our world keep turning.
But if you are working remotely part or full time, it’s worth it to consider how your home can better meet your work needs. Here are some questions to think about.
Will I be working from home for the foreseeable future?
The first question to ask is if this working from home situation is here to stay for you. At least, is it here to stay as far as you can tell? If this last year and a half has taught us anything it’s that nothing is certain. But if you do know that your job has given permission to work remotely for now, it’s good to start thinking about what set up will best suit you.
And even if your situation is hybrid and you’ll be staying home to work only part time, this still effects what kind of space you need at home.
What options do I have for a home office?
If the answer to the first question was yes, then it’s time to think about what set up you need. Many of us had to make do over the last year and a half as far as home office space goes. Perhaps you had to share working space with a spouse or partner. Or maybe you have kids who also were stuck home and the house became an all purpose office and classroom. Maybe you were fortunate to have a designated office space at home already, in a spare room or off to the side somewhere. But you also might have found yourself working from a noisy dining room table or shut up in your bedroom all day without a proper desk.
Should I move?
One option you may be considering is to move altogether. Some of us find that with working remotely, we have more options on where to live. Without needing to be so close to a workplace location, maybe you want to move farther to the suburbs or country. Perhaps you just want more square footage and can financially manage that now. Maybe you’re taking care of a family member in your home as well, or your spouse’s job has also gone remote. It’s ok to want a home with enough space so that you’re not all crammed on top of each other. We all can make things work for a short time. But now that you know how your job situation is shaking out, maybe a move is in your best interest. If you’re looking to move this fall, it’s a great time to consider a home with an office or at least office nook.
Can I make this home more versatile?
If moving isn’t a viable option for you at present, how can you make your current home work smarter for you and your needs? Is there a guest bedroom you could multipurpose to turn into a dual functioning office/spare room? Or maybe there’s a vanity or bulky dresser in your bedroom you could replace with a streamlined desk setup. What about a nook under the stairs or off to the side in a living space? Having a designated office area will help tremendously in your productivity and concentration. So even if it’s not a completely private room, do your best to create an intentional space for working.
Use this guide to start determining what kind of home office situation you want moving forward. If the answer is to move, I’m here to help with all your real estate needs.