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The Home Office – One of the top 5 “Must Haves” For Today’s Homebuyer

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends

If you commute to work, you’ve probably noticed that traffic is much lighter on certain days when many people telecommute.  When you live in the DC Metro area, working from home is an attractive proposition. So attractive  – that the “home office” is one of the top five features that home buyers in our area are looking for.

The number of people working from home continues to grow. A recent Gallup poll showed that 37% of the American workforce has telecommuted at some time during the last year. That’s four times more than two decades ago.

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Many new homes are incorporating a home office or dedicated workspace (or both) into the design, whereas the houses of yesterday may have a den or a study.

In the absence of a separate room – a bedroom or the basement is an obvious second choice but if that’s not an option, there are other clever ways to create a functional and stylish home office space.

Here is some inspiration from around the web

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From this month’s House Beautiful – One homeowner carved out a workspace in the pantry

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This basement office wastes no space. It also feels more open without a railing on the stairs.

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When you don’t have an entire room to devote to an office, there’s always the office closet. Just shut the door and it’s gone.

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A laundry room can double as a home office – which is a great excuse to jazz up a a space that might otherwise be left unfinished.

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And this one is just because I love Chinese Chippendale chairs and huge bulletin boards.

Is a home office a feature on your wish list for a new home?   I’ve love to find it for you.  Call or email me and let’s get started today.

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