New research has revealed that UK workers spend a third of the working week, working from home, with one in five (21%) claiming they feel it makes them more productive.
If you’re partial to this new way of working and prefer the comfort and flexibility of your home, there’s much to consider when searching for a house. Not only do you have to think about comfort, style and location, you also have to consider practicality, space and of course, WiFi connection, according the research carried out by online furniture retailer Furniture Choice.
We’ve created a list of must haves for your next property if you run a business or regularly work from home.
- The ideal home office
While it might seem like a given, creating the best home office for you is key when working remotely. It needs to be a space you can call your own and one which encourages productivity.
Whether the home already has a dedicated room you can use, or there’s space to convert or extend to create the ideal office, make sure there is actual practical working space available.
Key things to consider when looking to adapt a space into a home office, are its proximity to an internet point in case of WiFi issues, and where it is in the house. Try to keep it separate enough that you can avoid distractions.
2. Other adaptable work spaces
Let’s be honest, there’s going to be times you want to escape your home office - no matter how great it is.
The best way to ensure you don’t lose concentration and productivity when you go into another room, is to make other rooms adaptable working spaces too.
A light and airy kitchen is the perfect room for this. With some simple furniture and accessory choices such as a table for a desk, double glazing windows to prevent noise interruptions and storage for all your notes and equipment, the kitchen can quickly become an ideal place to get some work done.
3. Temperature control
If you’re trying to crunch some numbers or be creative then there’s nothing worse than being too cold or too warm. The best thing about working from home is that you don’t have to worry about other people’s preferences.
One study* has found conditions between 21 and 25 degrees are best for productivity, so if you’re planning to convert a garage, be sure to look into the correct insulation to avoid freezing in winter. For optimum control, install air conditioning in your new home office for complete temperature comfort.
4. Natural light
Keep yourself alert and find a home that let’s in natural light. If you’re looking for a property that needs a little TLC to become your ideal home, check to see if large windows can be installed, and if doing so will compromise your privacy.
A good way of allowing extra light is installing skylights, making your new decor light and breezy.
5. Visible greenery
When viewing the room you think could be your home office, look around to see if you can see greenery outside. According to research, workers with plants showed 15% higher productivity than those without.**
If greenery isn’t visible, try to envision potted plants and hanging baskets in the space. It’s important for your motivation to have these in your new office, so make sure you don’t compromise on space in this particular room.
6. Open spaces
We’ve already established the importance for a spacious home office, but having other open spaces in the home is just as valuable. Think about the other rooms you can work in, like the adaptable kitchen or living room - are they spacious enough for you to not feel cramped and enclosed?
An open plan living space and spacious back garden are important things if you’re going to be cooped up at home all day.
If you’re a home worker and looking to buy your next property, consider these key features in your search in order to ensure optimum productivity and focus.
Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice said: “Working from home can be incredibly rewarding, and according to our research, a productive choice - but only if the surroundings are right.
“Creating an environment that strikes a balance between comfy and clutter-free can be difficult, using these tips in your house search will make the process as seamless as possible.”
For more home office inspiration, check out Furniture Choice’s guide here.