Feb 21, 2021

The Importance of a Home Office

With so many people working from home as a result of Covid and even before, most people seem to want a home office.  Whether it is just a dedicated space somewhere in the home, a bedroom, a den, or an actual designated office that is separated from other living spaces, this has occurred with the advent of the computer along with other equipment to support document preparation and storage. The good news is that computers and printers are relatively cheap.  The companies that make printers basically give them away to get the long term ink business.  

If you are setting up a home office, you should think ergonomics to some degree.  Having a comfortable chair that is adjustable as to height and other settings is a good idea.  And, there is no reason to use a small screen or lap top key board, even if you use a lap top.  You can connect to a big screen monitor and regular key board both of which making using the computer easier.  You may have to hire a computer nerd to set up your home office to get it all right.  

Further, for those of us that wear glasses, it might be that a special pair designed for computer use makes good sense to prevent neck strain.  Home offices need plenty of over head and or natural light so canned lighting in the ceiling is beneficial.  And, then there is storage.  I like a walk in closet that will house a large 4 drawer fire proof file cabinet for important documents.  They are expensive and very heavy; but most people have critical documents that are hard to replace in the event of a fire or other disaster.  

Home offices, or a home office space should be away from family space.  The whole point is that you are using the space to do work whether personal or for business.  Floor plans matter.  At Paragon Home Resources, we work with people to sell and buy homes.  More often than not when discussing needs and wants, a home office is at the top of the list.