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When you found your current Denver area home, you may not have selected it with your work-from-home job in mind.
Now, however, as you choose your new abode, you can opt for features that make working from home in Denver easier and more enjoyable. Here are five tips to remember if you’re a Denver homebuyer who also works from home:
1. Find a home in Denver with a home office.
A work space that’s private, quiet and set off from the rest of the house is something no telecommuter should be without. It can be a spare bedroom, a refinished attic/basement, a comfortable room over the garage or even a large, walk-in closet. Ideally, the space should have a nice view and plenty of natural light.
A bonus? If your home office is used “solely and exclusively for business purposes,” you can even claim a federal tax deduction for business use of your home. The larger your Denver home office space, the greater your deduction will be. This deduction lets you subtract a percentage of your mortgage payment and utility expenses from your taxable income, and it can make a big difference in your bottom line.
2. Look for a patio or other pleasant Colorado outdoor space.
Working at home in Denver can be tedious. There are no coworkers or water cooler chatter to liven things up, and it’s easy to get caught up in and stressed out about your job. You can increase productivity and reduce stress by taking occasional short breaks in the Colorado outdoors.
Look for a Denver area home with a patio or other pleasant outdoor space, and then furnish it with calming accents like a wind chime, a bird bath, a sun umbrella and comfy outdoor furniture. Getting out into nature in Denver every hour or so is a great way to refresh and ground yourself, clear your mind or just indulge in a few quiet minutes of relaxation.
3. Check out nearby cafes or bookstores in around Denver.
One of the biggest challenges of working from home in Denver is loneliness. When you spend most of your day working alone, it’s easy to feel isolated from the rest of the world. You might find yourself calling friends and family just to stay connected, but spending too much time on the phone can cut into your productivity.
An easy solution to isolation is to pack up your laptop and head for the nearest café or bookstore. You can work for a few hours, enjoy some fresh coffee or a muffin, and be around other people without feeling obliged to interact with them. When you leave, you’ll feel more connected to others and to the world around you – and probably more creative, too.
4. Find a house that’s close to a Denver park or a walking path.
A trick that keeps many telecommuters sane? Taking their lunch break at a local Denver park. If the weather is nice, you can pack your lunch and enjoy a quick picnic. If the park has trails or walking paths, take a short walk or go for a quick jog.
A little exercise will help you focus better, and you’ll be better able to go home and complete your workday with a clear mind. If you have dogs, take them along and let them run or walk with you. They’ll return home calmer and less likely to interrupt you while you’re trying to meet a deadline.
5. Look for a fenced-in yard.
If you have pets, you already know how much they crave attention. When you are working at home, they’ll want to play and interact with you all day, and this can seriously undermine your productivity. If you have a house with a fenced-in yard, your fur babies can amuse themselves outdoors while you put in your work hours.
Make sure that the fencing is strong enough to contain all your pets safely, and that it’s in good repair. When your pets can play outside freely, you’ll be able to focus on your job without feeling guilty about neglecting them.
Being able to work at home is a huge benefit for many people, but it does come with a few potential obstacles. By remembering these tips while house hunting, you can find a house that makes working from home a whole lot more enjoyable!
What are your tips for making your house work-from-home friendly?
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