Home offices have become a feature important to home buyers as more companies have been embracing remote work. That demand will continue even after the current COVID-19 crisis passes. Learn more about the demand and search Door County homes with offices here…
Home Offices Among the Most Desirable Home Features
For a long time now we’ve heard that some of the most desirable features in a home, for buyers, has been upgraded kitchens, updated bathrooms, master suites, and more. One of the fastest on the hotlist is—a home office. Senior Economist George Ratiu, of Realtor.com, notes how listings with office are selling quickly:
“As more companies have been embracing remote work, buyers are driving demand for houses with home offices hight. Homes featuring the term “office” are selling nine days faster than the overall housing inventory”.
The Demand for Home Offices Increases
More and more people are working remotely, and that is not just because of the current Covid19 pandemic is causing businesses to operate virtually. The same article at Realtor.com and most recent data available, show the number of employees working from home was rather consistent from 1997 to 2004, but that number has been climbing ever since.
The graph shows that clearly the work-from-home population is growing, and technology is making that possible. Last month (March 2020), according to an article on Think Google, searching for telecommuting hit an all-time high. With the current pandemic situation that’s no surprise.
Top Features in a Dedicated Workspace
All over the United States people are looking for answers on how to be most effective, and having an ideal workspace becomes more and more desirable. Chris Anderson, Senior Account Executive at HousingWire and other seasoned work-from-home professionals tout that a dedicated workspace is a must for productivity.
As the increase for home offices increases, it’s to your benefit to highlight that within the listing description. Bright natural light, large windows, built in bookshelves, or a quiet or secluded atmosphere are all terms that can make your office space shine and will attract attention from buyers.
Other top options include:
–wireless keyboard – Microsoft’s Sculpt is reported to be the most comfortable
–a vertical mouse
–a lumbar support pillow for your office chair
–standing desks are popular
–on tip I read and found helpful was to stack a couple of books under my iMac to elevate it to eye level (improving my posture and alleviating neck tension)
Another tip from a pro worker-at-home is to not work in the bedroom. So, if you are selling home and have that extra room–maybe a third of fourth bedroom, or space downstairs–stage it as an office! I created this home office in the spare bedroom at our home (bedroom no more).
Work-From-Home the Norm For Tomorrow
Senior Economist George Ratiu, from Realtor.com, went on to say, “For housing, the continued increase in the share of remote workers implies that demand for homes with office or dedicated work spaces will continue to increase. The current coronavirus pandemic offers a dramatic indication of the fact that companies and employees will have to develop plans and clearer policies for remote work beyond the current crisis.”
The Bottom Line
Remote work may become more widely accepted as this current crisis teaches businesses throughout the country what it takes to function virtually. What seems like a challenge for businesses today may just be the norm for tomorrow.