Are you one of the millions of Americans who now work from home? The pandemic has changed the way we live and work, both temporarily and for the long haul. Many people who once worked in an office will now be permanently working from home at least part of the time. That means we need more flexibility in our living spaces than ever before. If you’re one of these remote workers and you’re buying a home, then what should you look for? Here’s what we think you should consider when you’re house hunting.
Space for a home office
This is obviously somewhat of a no-brainer. But if you work from home and you’re in the market for a new place, then you need to make sure it has room for a home office. This is particularly true if you have family, roommates, or pets running around. Having a private space will make working from home so much easier. This is one thing on your home-buying wish list that you should not compromise on. Depending on your budget, the space can be as grand as a separate bedroom or as small as a cozy nook.
Alternative places to work at home or nearby
We can all grow a little tired of looking at the same four walls day after day. So if you work from home and are buying a place, you should think about alternative places in the home or nearby that you can use as an alternate office location. Whether it’s a little-used dining room, a comfy patio, or a nearby park or coffee shop, having options can make you much happier about your work-from-home situation.
Outdoor or leisure space
Don’t get trapped into only considering your home office, though! As we said above, our homes must fulfill many competing needs these days. You’ll want to find a home that also gives you ample space to unwind, whether it’s a nice backyard or a spacious living room. What do you like to do in your spare time? Since we spend so much time at home these days, try to find a home that allows you to participate in your favorite leisure-time activities. This could mean having space to watch films on your state-of-the-art TV or going for a swim in your backyard pool in the afternoons.
The internet has revolutionized our modern workplaces. Most of us would not be able to work from home if we couldn’t connect online. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure your home has easy access to WiFi. While it can be tempting to relocate to a more rural community if you’re working from home (and North County has many wonderful rural communities), just be sure you have reliable connectivity.
More affordable neighborhoods
Finally, working from home has enabled so many homebuyers to broaden their search radius when looking for homes. We no longer need to account for commute times, which means living further afield is an option. There are so many lovely North County communities that are a little off the beaten path that you should definitely consider when conducting your home search!