Where does a separate office rank on your must-have list?
What do you look for when looking for a new home? For me, a separate room for an office is not only a must-have, but actually a deal killer. When we bought our current house 7 years ago, our priority was for a guest room. At the time, I was working in an office, so needing a home office was not even on my radar. (Turns out, we got both)
I read an article on real-estate and the author was suggesting that you shouldn’t invest money in a home office. It was no longer high on anyone’s list for resale value. The argument was that with wireless and mobile device usage on the rise, people weren’t working in a home office anymore, but rather on the couch or the dining room table.
To me, this was naïve. I guess if you work in an office, you don’t need or want one at home. But, if you’re going to be serious about getting work done at home, a separate office is necessary.
You can’t successfully work at the dining room table or on the couch long-term. In my current situation, I don’t even have to share my space with guests. My office is exclusively an office, and I can close the door anytime, including when I am not working.
Don’t underestimate the value of a dedicated office space at home. Where do you work?