Attracting the new breed of remote workers


In previous news articles, we’ve spoken about the appeal of the South Coast and the fact that it is drawing many people from bigger cities who are seeking a more peaceful lifestyle fitting in with working from home. Our area offers all of this accompanied by an acceptable commute (60 mins to 90 mins) into London if necessary. The Office of National Statistics reported in early October that nearly 30% of people were working remotely at that time, and not surprisingly, many organisations have now put remote working into place until early 2021.

Multiple large organisations have shifted to a permanent remote working ethos, including Facebook, Twitter, and recently Microsoft who have said that employees will be able to work remotely for up to half of their working week. Therefore, when selling our homes, we need to bear in mind that it is highly likely that buyers will be looking for some sort of home office space. Homes in coastal Hampshire are not only appealing to remote workers looking to move out of London, but also local people who are no longer spending money on commuting, also capitalising on the stamp duty holiday, and therefore being able to afford to upsize to gain that valuable ‘home office’ space.

We have some tips on how you can incorporate a ‘home office’ space into your home without necessarily needing a separate room!

  • Set up an office space in your spare room, even if the primary use is as a bedroom, a desk and chair set up in a well-lit spot with access to sockets would be an attractive workspace. This impressive property on Bridge Road, Swanwick, has a wonderful study space, perfectly equipped for home working. 
  • If your only reception room is your living room, consider rearranging the sofas so that you can place a small desk at one end, possibly by the window. This delightful two bedroom flat on St Mary’s Road, Netley makes great use of the bay window area for a light and cosy desk area.
  • A walk-in wardrobe could be utilised as an office space. Just add a slimline desk and a chair that tucks under for a clutter-free, discrete workspace.
  • Your landing could be a wasted space that would be perfectly suited for an office space. A bureau would be the perfect desk for this space.
  • Transform your under stairs into a workspace, use either the whole space, or create a nook to house a desk/workstation.
  • If you currently have a dressing table in your master bedroom, consider setting it up as a desk.
  • Investigate the option of a dropdown or pull out desk in your kitchen. This doubles as the perfect homework space for kids while dinner is being cooked.
  • Do you have a garden room that is insulated and connected to power? This could be the perfect outdoor home office space! This three bedroom property on Pine View Close, Bursledon has utilised their garage space extremely well and converted it into a home office space

If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market and would like some top tips to make it as appealing as possible, our team are the perfect people to speak to! They have endless advice on selling your home in the current climate and have buyers waiting for properties in this area. Give us a call 01489 581452.

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