When it comes to searching for a new home, there are many things to consider. Does it have the right number of bedrooms? Will there be enough space for kids or grandkids to run and play? Recently, another question has moved to the top of the list. Is there a home office? With flexible work arrangements and even remote employment being such a prevalent part of the workforce right now, having the space to complete your job requirements within the home is more important than ever.
This poses a new set of requirements for agents showing a house to prospective buyers. Alongside the living areas, the working areas now need to be staged as well. Portraying the right work environment can be a huge selling point on a house and it is important that the staging be just right.
Neutral and natural
Let’s start from the bones of the space. The color of a room can set the tone for the kind of atmosphere it represents. Although bold colors can make for a good energy and a productive workspace, they can be a bit too overpowering for potential buyers. Instead, keep the room tones neutral.
Choose colors like beige, white, grey, and even light blues and greens to create a blank slate of sorts that still looks fresh and professional. Buyers should be able to see themselves and their own belongings in the office. A clean, open color scheme will allow them to see the functionality of the room while still placing themselves in it.
Bright and focused
When it comes to the lighting, using the natural light is the best course of action. Make use of any windows in the space, draw back the curtains, and open the blinds, letting in as much sunlight as possible. The fuller the lighting, the better. Be sure that there is always enough light to fill the whole room at any time of day. If necessary, include overhead lighting or ample lamps to reach every corner.
On top of the ambient light, task-focused lighting is important for a home office. A desk lamp to create a spotlight for any projects or paperwork is essential for setting a purposeful office environment.
Less is more
As far as furniture goes, keeping things sparse is key. It isn’t necessary to fill the entire room, but rather just include the essentials so the would-be homeowner can see the intended purpose of the space. A desk, chair, and a few accessories are all you need to get the message across and allow them to envision their own office masterpiece in the area.
In terms of placement, it all depends on the kind of message you want to send. For an office that may be seeing a lot of visitors like an in-home psychologist or a consultant, placing the desk so that it faces the door is the best option. For someone who needs to focus without distraction, facing the wall is a much better choice. If you want to figure out what works best for your particular space, using a site like Havenly to test out your different options and even draw some inspiration from their expert interior designers, can save time and help you to find the perfect look.
Accessorize and style
No office is complete without accessories, not even a staged one. Adding in a sprinkle of personal touches to the home office space can help cozy up the space and allow a buyer to really see it as a part of their potential home. However, it is important to remember to stick to the basics. A desk lamp, computer/laptop, writing utensils, and even a notebook or two are necessary for an area that is meant to be a workspace.
Aside from the essentials, be sure to eliminate any personal photos or memorabilia and instead replace them with neutral décor like landscapes or abstract pieces. Place some green plants on the desk like succulents to liven up the room a bit and even put down a small area rug to give the room a warmer feel.
An office is a major selling point for potential buyers and staging the room correctly can make or break a sale. Setting a room that is meant for functionality doesn’t have to be hard and by remembering these guidelines, it can be simple and even fun!