If you are like many of us, chances are you have started working from home over these past few months. Whether you’re working from home full time or part of the time—it’s important to know what to look for in a house when you’re working from home. That two bedroom condo might work out just fine for you and your family when you spend the majority of your day at the office or out and about, but the situation looks completely different when you, your spouse, and your kids all need room to get their (school)work done at the same time.
While it might be easy to think that the only that matters for the perfect work-from-home setup is space and the number of rooms, that’s not completely true. Think about your personal situation: do you need a desk at all times, or do you prefer wandering around and setting up shop in different places around the house? If that’s the case, a great kitchen setup with ample room might be just as important as a dedicated office.
Keep in mind what you like your work environment to be like. Floor to ceiling windows might be fantastic for relaxing in the living room—but can pose a challenge when you’re fighting glare on your screen and backlighting during your Zoom calls.
Speaking of Zoom calls, Teams Meetings, and WebEx conferences: one thing that’s not negotiable for a great work-from-home setup is your internet connection. Living on a farm-style property 45 minutes outside the city might seem appealing—but the $200 a month satellite internet connection is probably less so. Use resources like Broadbandnow.com to see what providers are available in your area. The greater Nashville area is in the fortunate position to have multiple broadband internet providers available for most home owners—both fast cable and fiber connections at competitive prices.
Lastly, working from home makes your immediate neighborhood even more important! Having amenities in close distance—ideally even walkable—gives you the opportunity to take a quick coffee break or pick up lunch from a local restaurant without disrupting your workflow.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when you’re looking for the perfect “working from home”-home. Get in touch with me so I can help you find the perfect for your personal and professional life!