Making your work from home space work

WFH, making it work

Two unexpected trends we’re seeing as a result of the pandemic stay-at-home orders are:⁠

1: Companies, employees, and entrepreneurs/business owners have realized the ability to successfully work remotely and digitally⁠

Companies have realized that remote work is not only possible but is becoming the new normal for many. Working from home enables those in the workforce to have more options when buying a home as choosing to live close to the office or factoring in commute options and times are not necessarily a primary factor anymore.


2: Homeowners are re-evaluating how their current home meets their new WFH needs, signaling a potentially significant impact and evolution of homebuying needs for the coming year, according to data from a recent – HarrisX survey:

“In a poll of 2,000 potential home shoppers who indicated plans to make a purchase in the next year, 63% of those currently working from home stated their potential purchase was a result of their ability to work remotely, while nearly 40% [of] that number expected to purchase a home within four to six months and 13% said changes related to pandemic fueled their interest in buying a new home.


Many have adapted their current spaces into a practical work from home ‘office’, but others have realized their space no longer meets their needs for how they use their homes in this new normal of remote work.



Freshen up your workspace⁠⁠

As we shifted to work remotely over the past year, we’ve carved out workspaces in our homes that maybe weren’t there before or designed to be a ‘home office’. Whether you’re working from an actual home office, your dining room table, your kitchen counter, your closet, or your couch, here are 4 ways to make your home office more inviting and motivational:⁠

  • Give the walls a fresh coat of paint⁠
  • Good lighting is key⁠
  • Bring in the outdoors⁠
  • Personalize your space⁠

(Source: Realtor Magazine)  ⁠


Get pin-spired with a curated collection of our favorite WFH workspace ideas and inspo — click image below


Need a more practical space solution?

Those struggling to set up a home ‘office’ at a dining room table or in a corner of a bedroom are realizing that it may be time to find a larger home that offers a more practical WFH solution.

40% of workers expect to have some form of continued remote work flexibility post-pandemic. (Source: Apartment List) If your current work-from-home setup has left you wanting, this could be a great chance to sell your current house at an advantage and upgrade to a home that’s ideal for your changing needs.

If working from home isn’t working for you and you find yourself in need of more functional space, we can help. The Central Oregon real estate market is open for business and we welcome the opportunity to assist you in selling your current home to get a little more elbow room.


What you can do right now if your current home doesn’t meet your needs:

  1. Schedule a free consultation with a FRED real estate professional to discuss your goals and timeline and put a smart plan in place for selling your current home
  2. Talk with a local lender about your options, available loan programs, and get pre-approved
  3. Start searching for homes with the layout/space you’re looking for –  our website offers an easy way to request an online tour of any property as well as filter property searches to only view homes with video tours. Prefer to go mobile – we’ve got an app for that


Let’s work together

The majority of homeowners working from home in the last year didn’t have a dedicated office and as more people become positioned to continue working from home long-term, a real office is high on the wish lists of today’s buyers. If you’re planning to sell, let’s chat about how we can show off your home’s ability to provide dedicated office space.

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About Keeley Mannila

As the co-founder and owner of Fred Real Estate Group, Keeley is the driving force behind company culture, branding, and creative marketing strategy.