Transforming Your Spare Room Into A Home Office

A home office is a useful and functional space that many professional homeowners seek out. These tips can help homeowners turn a spare bedroom into an office.

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Transforming Your Spare Room Into A Home Office

Posted by Gary Ashton RE/MAX Advantage on Monday, October 15th, 2018 at 9:39am.

Home Office ConversionA good home office can give a working professional a space in the house where they can be productive without going far away from family. Knowing the qualities of a home office and how to transform a bedroom into a home office can help some homeowners achieve their dream of working from home. East Nashville homeowners who want to sell their home in the near future may also need to know how this could affect their home's value.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Qualities of a Good Home Office

A good home office will have privacy, isolation from loud household noises and a relaxing atmosphere that is conducive to doing work. At minimum, most people need a desk where they can sit in front of their work station and accomplish tasks. Often, homeowners need much more than this to get their work done. Some fixtures and pieces of furniture that many home offices need include:

Some homeowners even soundproof their home office to prevent household noises from affecting their performance at work. Before a homeowner can start to turn a bedroom into a home office, they must decide for themselves which of these qualities they need their home office to have. This can help the homeowner devise a game plan.

How to Turn a Bedroom Into A Home Office

Turning a bedroom into a home office often starts with some minor home improvement projects, like painting and carpet replacement. Many homeowners want their home office to be decorated in soothing or professional colors, like gray, gray-blue, sage or shades of brown. Some homeowners feel comfortable making these changes themselves, others will hire a licensed contractor to do the work for them.

Sometimes a professional electrician must be called out to install additional lighting. Other times, the home office needs a phone line to be installed. All of these changes should be made before the homeowner fills the room with furniture. Once the structure of the home office is in place, the homeowner can fill the room. Modular office organization systems are especially functional in this case, because they enable the homeowner to build on more office organization as needed.

Final touches like the curtains and blinds, decorations and comforts like a sofa can all help the homeowner to feel more comfortable in their personal space. From start to finish, a home office conversion can take anywhere from a few weeks to a little over a month, depending on what needs to be done to the space. When the project is over, the homeowner should be able to effectively work from home.

Effect On Home Value

As long as a home office can be used as a bedroom after the homeowner moves out, the home office switch shouldn't have a large effect on home value. Not all homeowners want a home office, but most homeowners have a use for an additional bedroom. If the home office is transformed into a space that cannot be easily used as a bedroom anymore, this could have a negative effect on home value.

Homeowners who are concerned about how their space will impact their home value can find out more by talking to a reputable real estate agent. Real estate agents who are experienced and knowledgeable about home values in the area can help homeowners decide for themselves how far they want to take their home improvement project and what kind of changes they want to make to their bedroom space.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

 

Gary Ashton

The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage

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