The Ultimate (Apartment) Home Office

home-officeDo you have the option to work from home? There are a number of advantages to working at home – there are fewer distractions, no commute, and it’s generally easier to balance your work/life schedule. However, working from home requires serious commitment to avoid being distracted by that pile of laundry, planning for dinner, playing with your pet, etc. 

There’s a lot to consider if you are a renter and work from home. When you are selecting your apartment, make sure you have enough space to dedicate to a home office – whether it’s a 2nd bedroom, the dining room, or a corner of the living room. Be sure to plan for this while you are apartment hunting, and accurately estimate how much space you will need to be productive.

Outdoor space can be a great benefit when you work from home – you may want to take your laptop and sit on your balcony; after all, sunshine can fuel your creativity!

If your apartment community has a fitness center, you may find that a lunchtime workout is the perfect way to get ready for a busy afternoon of conference calls or spreadsheet analyses.

Customizing your Space
Customizing your home, and your home office, may help you be more productive and efficient, so give some thought to what changes you may want to make. Perhaps it’s as simple as adding some bookshelves and a file cabinet, or maybe you’re envisioning hanging shelves on the walls and painting the space – if so, you’ll want to check your lease, and talk with your Property Manager to make sure the changes you’re considering are okay and will be allowed by the apartment community.

At the end of the day, there’s no stressful commute. Instead, you can use that time to enjoy the amenities that your apartment community has to offer, get started on that new book you’re anxious to read, or cook a gourmet dinner for friends!