Hello! I hope you are hanging in there in these crazy times! This time of year I often have a lot of tax appeal work which keeps me crazy busy in March. As you might imagine, increases in home prices mean increases in property assessed values.
Here is a video of me this month trying to get these reports completed.
I am grateful to have guest bloggers provide you with some great content until I can get myself back to blogging, which will be soon! With that being said, I welcome back Seth Murphy with another great post that he wrote for the Cleveland Appraisal Blog. I hope you enjoy this one!
Creating the Perfect Home Office in a Small Living Space
When you’re working from home, it’s best that you have a home office space. When you’re working in a home office, you’re less prone to distractions, and you’re more likely to get the things done that you need. A home office really comes in handy. However, if you’re living in a small home, it might be hard to create space for a home office. Thankfully, there are ways to incorporate a home office space into your home, regardless of the size! Here are a few from the Cleveland Appraisal Blog.
Getting Your Home Ready for a Home Office
When you’re thinking about adding a home office to your small living space, you’re going to need a plan. Getting your home ready is crucial for making the perfect home office. Here’s how you can prepare your living space for a home office.
Clean Up and Declutter
Cleaning up, specifically decluttering, is the best way to find out just how much space you have for your office. When you get rid of the things that you don’t need to make room for the things you do, you’ll be surprised to see what really matters. Decluttering is the first thing you should do.
Maximize Your Space
A big part of creating space is maximizing the space you already have. It’s important to use your space wisely. If you’re not, you may think you have less space than what actually exists. Consider getting tall shelving units to help you use space vertically rather than on the floor.
Rearrange Your Rooms
When you’re looking to put in a home workspace, you may need to rearrange your rooms to free up space. Try a variety of different combinations to find what works best for you. You might even find that you can free up an entire room to dedicate to your office space.
Budgeting for a Home Office
Let’s face it, office furniture isn’t cheap. In fact, it tends to be rather expensive. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a great home office space, though. Consider the following to help reduce your overall costs.
- Buy second hand from local marketplaces
- Repurpose furniture you already own
- Make your own furniture
Getting Your Home Office Put Together
Now that you’ve got the space in your home, it’s time to get your office up and running! Here are some tips on getting the right furnishings and decor for your space.
Measure Twice, Buy Once
In a small space, measuring is crucial. You need to make sure that whatever you plan on buying for your office is going to fit. Measure the area where your furniture will go and compare it to the furniture’s dimensions. This is the best way to make sure everything will fit.
Keep a Professional Appearance
This is especially important if you’re going to be hosting video or in-person meetings. Your furniture should be appropriate, and so should your decor. Often, decor should add to the professional image of your office.
When selecting decor, focus on things that are natural. They’re going to enhance the energy in the room. Often, indoor plants and crystals are great options. Crystals can be a fun addition to any office. They come in stunning colors and unique shapes and draw people in with their beauty and energy. Chances are that you can find the perfect mineral for your office, no matter what image you’re going for.
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Thanks, Seth for some great tips for creating the perfect home office in a small living space! As many people now work from home, I think these tips are timely!
I hope you enjoyed Seth’s article! I have one more guest post and then I will be back in action. Thanks for your patience in waiting for my own posts. I really appreciate your being here!
Every now and then I have to take a break from appraising and move into some line dancing in my office. (Full disclosure… I’m the only one in the line) If you feel like doing a little line dancing, here’s one of my favorite songs to line dance to. Enjoy!
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Here are some links to other articles I’ve enjoyed recently! I hope you will also…
Housing Has Become Short, Brutish & Nasty – Housing Notes by Jonathan Miller
Scott Peterson’s house & raging price growth – Sacramento Appraisal Blog
Is It Time to Electrify? What’s the buzz about heat pumps? – The Folson Group Blog
Is the Cost Approach Applicable in Older Homes, Site Value and Effective Age – The Appraiser Coach Podcast
Appraisers – The Past and The Future The Path that Brought Us Here – APPRAISAL TODAY
March Newsletter – Spring in North Texas – DW Slater Company Blog
For my readers in the CLE area… here are some articles related to news in our local area. I hope you enjoy these also…
Buying A Home During COVID, Part IV – 10 Tips For Home Showings & Open Houses – The Mustard Dandelion Blog
Naturally engaged: Botanical Garden opens Perennial Playspace – Dana Shugrue of Fresh Water Cleveland
How a small Italian bakery grew into a 90-year-old family legacy – Sarah Gudenau of Metromode
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