Buying a Home When You Work Remotely

Thousands of people have begun to work from home permanently since the pandemic started, meaning that many prospective homeowners have different needs from the ones they did a few years ago. When looking at a house for sale, lots of people no longer simply see a home, but a future workplace as well. If you’ve recently made the switch to working from a home office and are looking to buy a home, you should think about the following things:



Extra room
One of the main considerations for remote workers looking to buy a house is having the extra room for a home office. Many workers are now tired of using their kitchen tables as a desk or having a desk in their living rooms. Even if you don’t see this as a problem right now, over time, it will be beneficial to have a room in your home dedicated to work. Not only will this reduce distractions, but it will also make it easier to switch off from work in the evenings.

If you live with someone who also works from home, you could have an office each, or you could share the office and keep each other company during the day. It may also be a good idea to choose a house with a garden, which gives you the chance to work outdoors during the summer months.

Peace and quiet
While nobody likes noisy neighbors, what goes on during the day on your street never used to matter when you were at work all day. Now, it may be difficult to concentrate when working from home if your neighbors are noisy. Think about whether there are lots of children near where you live who might play outside during school holidays and avoid sites where construction projects are planned in the near future.

Location
Remote working has afforded many people the ability to work from almost anywhere, so there’s no longer any need to factor in your commute when choosing a location. You may be able to move further away from cities and buy a house in a more rural area. However, some remote workers still appreciate the city for its amenities. For example, if you want to work in a cafĂ© for a few hours then it’s easy enough to find them in an urban area. What’s more, remote working can be lonely and cities present more opportunities to meet people and socialize. You just have to decide what works best for you.

Security
If your job requires you to use a lot of expensive equipment then it’s a good idea to buy a home that’s not only in a safe location but is equipped with extra security measures. This might mean having locks on your windows, bolts on your doors, and an alarm system installed. However, you’ll still need to take out insurance to make sure you’re covered for any potential thefts.

When you work remotely, your home has to be really comfortable, so don’t rush into a decision you’re not fully confident in making.

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