Barbara Corregano Real Estate https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com Find Real Estate in Staten Island NY. Buying and selling real estate Staten Island NY Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:26:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2020/04/fav1-150x150.png Barbara Corregano Real Estate https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com 32 32 Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 7 Years Running [INFOGRAPHIC] https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/10/americans-rank-real-estate-best-investment-for-7-years-running-infographic/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/10/americans-rank-real-estate-best-investment-for-7-years-running-infographic/#respond Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:26:40 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1616 Some Highlights Real estate has outranked stocks, savings accounts, and gold as the best long-term investment among Americans for the past 7 years. The belief in the stability of housing as a long-term investment remains strong, despite the many challenges our economy faces today. Of the four listed, real estate is also the only investment you can also…

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Some Highlights
  • Real estate has outranked stocks, savings accounts, and gold as the best long-term investment among Americans for the past 7 years.
  • The belief in the stability of housing as a long-term investment remains strong, despite the many challenges our economy faces today.
  • Of the four listed, real estate is also the only investment you can also live in. That’s a big win!

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Not All Agents Are Created Equal https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/09/not-all-agents-are-created-equal/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/09/not-all-agents-are-created-equal/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:06:57 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1613 In today’s fast-paced world where answers are just a Google search away, there are some who may question the benefits of hiring a real estate professional when selling a house. The reality is, the addition of more information can lead to more confusion. A real estate agent can be your essential guide, but truth be…

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In today’s fast-paced world where answers are just a Google search away, there are some who may question the benefits of hiring a real estate professional when selling a house. The reality is, the addition of more information can lead to more confusion. A real estate agent can be your essential guide, but truth be told, not all agents are created equal. Finding the right agent for you and your family should be your top priority when you’re ready to sell your house.

The right agent is the person who can truly walk you through the whole process, look out for your best interest, and seamlessly lead you through all the steps along the way. In today’s complex market, the way we execute real estate transactions is changing constantly, especially as more elements can be done virtually. Making sure you have the best advice on your side is more important than ever.

So, how do you choose the perfect agent?

It starts with trust. You must trust the advice this person is going to give you, and you’ll want to begin by making sure you’re connected to a true professional. An agent can’t give you perfect advice because it’s impossible to know exactly what’s going to happen at every turn – especially in this unique market. A true professional agent can, however, give you the best advice possible based on the information and situation at hand, helping you make the necessary adjustments and best decisions along the way. The right agent – the professional – will get you the best offer available. That’s exactly what you want and deserve.

What do you need to trust your agent to do?

1. Navigate the Process

There are over 230 possible steps that take place during a successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions are, to ensure you have a positive selling experience?

2. Negotiate on Your Behalf

Today, hiring a trusted and talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step – from the buyer submitting an original offer, to the possible renegotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the potential cancelation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.

3. Price Your House Competitively

There’s so much information in the news and on the Internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates. How do you know what’s going on in our local area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively and correctly price your home at the beginning of the selling process?

Dave Ramsey, known as the financial guru, advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring a trusted professional who has a finger on the pulse of the market and is eager to help you learn will make your experience an informed and educated one. You need someone who’s going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

Bottom Line

Today’s real estate market is highly competitive. Having a trusted professional who’s been there before to guide you through the process is a simple step that will give you a huge advantage when you’re ready to sell your house. Let’s make it happen together.

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Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/08/best-time-to-sell-when-competition-is-at-an-all-time-low/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/08/best-time-to-sell-when-competition-is-at-an-all-time-low/#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 12:35:31 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1609 In a recent survey of home sellers by Qualtrics, 87% of respondents said they were concerned their home won’t sell because of the pandemic and resulting economic recession. Of the respondents, 51% said they are “seriously worried.” That concern seems reasonable considering the current condition of the economy. The data, however, is showing that home purchasers are still…

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In a recent survey of home sellers by Qualtrics, 87% of respondents said they were concerned their home won’t sell because of the pandemic and resulting economic recession. Of the respondents, 51% said they are “seriously worried.” That concern seems reasonable considering the current condition of the economy. The data, however, is showing that home purchasers are still very active despite the disruptions American families have experienced this year.

The latest Existing Home Sales Report published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that 340,000 single-family homes sold in this country last month. NAR’s most recent Pending Sales Report (homes going into contract) surpassed last month’s number by over 44%, which far exceeded analysts’ projections of 15%. ShowingTime reported that appointments to see homes (both virtually and in-person) have increased in every region of the country and are up 21.4% nationwide over the same time last year.

While buyer activity is surging, the number of listings has fallen to an all-time low. Zelman Associates, in their latest residential real estate report, revealed that housing inventory as a percentage of households has fallen to 1.2%, which is half of the long-term average and lower than any other time in our history.

Bidding Wars Heating Up Again

With buyer demand growing and the supply of available homes shrinking, purchasers are again finding themselves needing to outbid other buyers. NAR, in a recent blog post, revealed:

“On average, there were about three offers on a home that closed in May, up from just about two in April 2020 and in May 2019 (2.3 offers).”

Bidding wars guarantee houses sell quickly at a price near or even slightly over the listing price.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking of selling, don’t be concerned about putting your house on the market right now. There’s no better time to sell an item than when demand for it is high and supply is low. It is exactly at that time when you will negotiate your best possible deal.

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Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s Market https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/07/taking-advantage-of-homebuying-affordability-in-todays-market/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/07/taking-advantage-of-homebuying-affordability-in-todays-market/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:44:41 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1606 Everyone is ready to buy a home at a different time in their lives, and a health crisis or not, today is no exception. Understanding how affordability works and the main market factors that impact it may help those who are ready to buy a home narrow down their optimal window of time to make…

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Everyone is ready to buy a home at a different time in their lives, and a health crisis or not, today is no exception. Understanding how affordability works and the main market factors that impact it may help those who are ready to buy a home narrow down their optimal window of time to make a purchase.

There are three main factors that go into determining how affordable homes are for buyers:

  1. Mortgage Rates
  2. Mortgage Payments as a Percentage of Income
  3. Home Prices

The National Association of Realtors (NAR), produces a Housing Affordability Index, which takes these three factors into account and determines an overall affordability score for housing. According to NAR, the index:

“…measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a typical home at the national and regional levels based on the most recent price and income data.”

Their methodology states:

“To interpret the indices, a value of 100 means that a family with the median income has exactly enough income to qualify for a mortgage on a median-priced home. An index above 100 signifies that family earning the median income has more than enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a median-priced home, assuming a 20 percent down payment.”

So, the higher the index, the more affordable it is to purchase a home. Here’s a graph of the index going back to 1990:Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s Market | MyKCMThe green bar represents today’s affordability. We can see that homes are more affordable now than they have been at any point since the housing crash when distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) dominated the market. Those properties were sold at large discounts not seen before in the housing market.

Why are homes so affordable today?

Although there are three factors that drive the overall equation, the one that’s playing the largest part in today’s homebuying affordability is historically low mortgage rates. Based on this primary factor, we can see that it is more affordable to buy a home today than at any time in the last seven years.

If you’re considering purchasing your first home or moving up to the one you’ve always hoped for, it’s important to understand how affordability plays into the overall cost of your home. With that in mind, buying while mortgage rates are as low as they are now may save you quite a bit of money over the life of your home loan.

Bottom Line

If you feel ready to buy, purchasing a home this season may save you significantly over time based on historic affordability trends. Let’s connect today to determine if now is the right time for you to make your move.

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Latest Unemployment Report: Great News…for the Most Part https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/06/latest-unemployment-report-great-newsfor-the-most-part/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/06/latest-unemployment-report-great-newsfor-the-most-part/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:01:49 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1603 The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their latest Employment Situation Summary last Thursday, and it again beat analysts’ expectations in a big way. The consensus was for 3,074,000 jobs to be added in June. The report revealed that 4,800,000 jobs were added. The unemployment rate fell to 11.1% from 13.3% last month. Again, excellent news as the…

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their latest Employment Situation Summary last Thursday, and it again beat analysts’ expectations in a big way. The consensus was for 3,074,000 jobs to be added in June. The report revealed that 4,800,000 jobs were added. The unemployment rate fell to 11.1% from 13.3% last month. Again, excellent news as the unemployment rate fell for the second consecutive month. However, there’s still a long way to go before the economy fully recovers as 17.8 million Americans remain unemployed.

Here are two interesting insights on the report:

What about a supposed misclassification?

The BLS addressed this at length in a blog post last week, and concluded by saying:

“Regardless of the assumptions we might make about misclassification, the trend in the unemployment rate over the period in question is the same; the rate increased in March & April and eased in May.”

They specifically noted the issue in the latest report by explaining that if they adjusted the rate for the potential miscalculation, it would increase from 11.1% to 12.1% (which is lower than the adjusted rate of 16.4% last month). They went on to say:

“However, this represents the upper bound of our estimate of misclassification and probably overstates the size of the misclassification error.”

Does the shutdown of parts of the economy skew the unemployment numbers?

Because the uniqueness of 2020 impacts the employment situation in so many ways, each jobs report is now examined with a microscope to make sure the headlines generated by the report accurately convey what’s happening in the job market.

One such analysis is done by Jed Kolko, Chief Economist at Indeed. He believes the extraordinary number of people in the “temporary” unemployed category confuses the broader issue of how many people have permanently lost their job. He adjusts for this when calculating his “core unemployment rate” (which subtracts temporary layoffs and adds unemployed who didn’t search for a job recently).

The bad news is that his analysis reveals that the number of permanently unemployed is still rising (from 4.6% in April to 5.9% last month). The good news, however, is when you use his methodology to look back at the Great Recession, today’s “core unemployment rate” is significantly lower (5.9% versus 10.5% in April 2010).

Bottom Line

Last week’s jobs report was much better than most expected. However, we should remain cautious in our optimism. As the Wall Street Journal explained in their analysis of the jobs report:

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America Is Another Name for Opportunity [INFOGRAPHIC] https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/03/america-is-another-name-for-opportunity-infographic/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/03/america-is-another-name-for-opportunity-infographic/#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:12:36 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1599 The post America Is Another Name for Opportunity [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Barbara Corregano Real Estate.

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Is the Health Crisis Driving Buyers Out of Urban Areas? https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/02/is-the-health-crisis-driving-buyers-out-of-urban-areas/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/02/is-the-health-crisis-driving-buyers-out-of-urban-areas/#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:23:44 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1591 The pandemic has caused consumers to re-examine the components that make up the “perfect home.” Many families are no longer comfortable with the locations and layouts of their existing homes. The allure of city life (more congested) seems to be giving way to either suburban or rural life (less congested). The fascination with an open…

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The pandemic has caused consumers to re-examine the components that make up the “perfect home.” Many families are no longer comfortable with the locations and layouts of their existing homes. The allure of city life (more congested) seems to be giving way to either suburban or rural life (less congested). The fascination with an open floor plan seems to be fading as people are finding a need for more privacy while working from home.

Recently, news.com released a report that revealed how buyers’ views of listings are leaning heavily to more suburban and rural properties. Here are the year-over-year percentage increases in views per property type:

  • Urban – 7%
  • Suburban – 13%
  • Rural – 16%

In the report, Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research for realtor.com, gives these numbers some context:

“This migration to the suburbs is not a new trend, but it has become more pronounced. After several months of shelter-in-place orders, the desire to have more space and the potential for more people to work remotely are likely two of the factors contributing to the popularity of the burbs.”

Realtor Magazine also just reported that the desire to move is strongest in our city markets:

“Nearly 30% of respondents living in a high-density urban area say that the pandemic is prompting them to want to move by the end of the year…This is more than double the rate of those living in rural parts of the country, where residents are much more likely to stay put rather than to relocate.”

New Construction Also Seeing a Surge in Views

Since the pandemic has altered how consumers think about floor plans, builders are anticipating how future homes will change. In a recent press release by Zillow, it was explained that:

  • Builders believe as people spend more time at home during the pandemic, buyers are realizing which features of their homes are working and not working.
  • Homebuilders predict open-concept floor plans will be a thing of the past, as people now value more walls, doors, and overall privacy.
  • New construction, which offers the chance to personalize home features, saw its listing page views grow by 73% over last May.

The Virus is Even Impacting the Luxury Second-Home Market

It appears that COVID-19 is impacting the luxury market too. In an article released last week titled, Luxury Buyers Return to Market in Force, Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com reported:

“Stay at home orders and social distancing have put a new value on the extra space. We’re seeing this in the luxury market as well, which could mean there is renewed interest from high-end buyers to find a second-home that is within driving distance from their primary residence.

Much like the suburbs are gaining favor with home shoppers, second home markets are seeing increased interest from luxury buyers…Views of luxury properties accelerated 56% in The Hamptons, 28% in Palm Springs and 24% in Greenwich compared to January trends.”

Bottom Line

It appears that a percentage of people are preparing to leave many American cities. Some of these moves will be permanent, while others will be temporary (such as a getaway to a second home). In either case, many consumers are on the move. Real estate professionals are ready and willing to help in any way they can.

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REPORT FINDS HOMES ARE SELLING FASTER THIS SUMMER THAN PREVIOUS TWO https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/01/report-finds-homes-are-selling-faster-this-summer-than-previous-two/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/01/report-finds-homes-are-selling-faster-this-summer-than-previous-two/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:26:45 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1587 Although it may not seem like it, this is the perfect time to be purchasing a home.  If you were considering buying a home this summer, you may need to act fast. A report from Zillow found that homes are selling at the quickest pace in the past two years. During the second week of…

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Although it may not seem like it, this is the perfect time to be purchasing a home.  If you were considering buying a home this summer, you may need to act fast. A report from Zillow found that homes are selling at the quickest pace in the past two years.

During the second week of June, homes in the United States remained on the market for an average of 22 days. The average listing has not sold that fast since June 2018. It is thought that this fast pace is due to the low inventory of homes for sale.

The beginning of 2020 home sales started off strong. Homes were being sold at an average of 5 quicker at the end of March than they had been the previous year. Once the coronavirus pandemic forced stay at home orders and business closures, home sales began to come to a halt.

As states are beginning to lift restrictions, we are seeing that home buyers are ready to get back out there. People are feeling more confident in financial decisions now with many people going back to work and there being less uncertainty than the last few months. With everyone being at home for the last few months, people are deciding that they need more space a lot sooner than they may have realized otherwise.

Realtors are adjusting to the new norm with pandemic guidelines by doing virtual home tours instead of open houses or in person showings.

While most places are seeing an increase in buying, it is important to note that some areas that were more strongly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak are recovering a little bit more slowly. These are places such as New York City and the Miami metro areas.

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5 SUMMER WEEKEND HOME RENOVATION PROJECTS https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/01/5-summer-weekend-home-renovation-projects/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/01/5-summer-weekend-home-renovation-projects/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:25:20 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1582 As we head into the middle of summer, it is a great time to take stock of what summer home renovations can help improve the value of your home. For the common homeowner, the summer season represents the optimal time to complete necessary improvements around the house, including the extensive the list you may have…

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As we head into the middle of summer, it is a great time to take stock of what summer home renovations can help improve the value of your home. For the common homeowner, the summer season represents the optimal time to complete necessary improvements around the house, including the extensive the list you may have been putting off. The great news is that not all summer home renovations demand extensive time or money to complete.

In fact, successful real estate investors recognize the importance of time — and they value it immensely. When it comes to undertaking summer home improvements, home owners and investors alike take into consideration a combination of factors like cost-effectiveness, efficiency, amount of time, but most important, return on value.

It doesn’t matter if you plan to sell your home in the near future or you intend to live in it for years to come, keeping a property up-to-date benefits you in the long run.

Instead of waiting till the projects become expensive, and cost thousands of dollars, it is much better to execute smaller projects and save a ton.  As a homeowner, comprehending these factors will allow you to align your summer home renovations accordingly, including what’s most important on your list, what can be completed the quickest, and what will generate the best return.

While you want to enjoy your summer weekends, it can be fun and beneficial to pick up some DIY projects that won’t cost an entire month’s salary.  The following highlights the top projects that can be completed over a single weekend:

1. Jazz Up the Exterior

It’s surprising what a little paint can do for the appearance of a home — and its value. The average cost to jazz up the exterior of a home by repainting is approximately $2,000, while the average return on resale is 90 percent.

If you decide to hire a professional painter rather than do it yourself, be sure they are a lead-safe certified contractor. While you won’t be fined if you do the job yourself, contractors must follow safety guidelines and therefore are subject to fines. For people planning to paint a home that was built before 1978, visit the EPA website for more information.

Tips: When painting your home, be sure to use warm and inviting colors. For most homeowners, the most popular choice of paint color is Taupe.

2. Enhance Curb Appeal

One of the more popular summer home renovation projects that takes only a weekend to complete is adding curb appeal. There’s no denying that lawn beautification goes a long way for a home’s visual appeal and it’s a central part of a home’s character. Because landscaping is the first impression visitors and potential buyers see, it’s a critical component to get a jump start on this summer.

When getting started, homeowners can either choose to commence the landscape project themselves or hire a professional. Either way, it should only take a weekend to complete. For those considering hiring a professional, it’s important to understand there are two types of landscapes: landscape architects and contractors — and each one serves a specific purpose.

Tips: Consider creating a walkway and adding solar lighting. In addition, planting a mature tree can be worth as much as $1,000 to $10,000, according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.

3. Upgrade Windows

One of the surest summer home renovations to earn a return on investment is upgrading the windows. After years of home ownership, you’ll probably have to replace a few windows in your home. Although you may take your windows for granted, they remain an integral part in maintaining a comfortable home. The cost to replace windows will vary upon size, amount of windows needed, style and quality, but despite the many brands and options available, affordable replacements are easy to find if you know what you’re looking for. This approach not only offers energy efficiency but a high return on investment, as homeowners can generally receive a 100 percent ROI with window upgrades.

Before you construct a window-replacement estimate, it’s important to have a general idea as to where you plan on making a purchase. Wood windows are more expensive. The cost of a wood replacement window can range between $800 and $1,000 per installation. To maximize your ROI, install dual-pane windows. This will not only ensure street noise and inefficient air conditioning and heating is eliminated, but it will improve your home’s appearance.

Tips: Although replacing your windows doesn’t require a permit, it will if you are cutting a hole into the wall to perform the job. Give a window professional a call first before commencing this home improvement.

4. Build A Fire Pit

For those looking to keep their weekend projects to a minimum, building a fire pit is a quick way to add flare to your backyard. Gathering around the fire pit is an awesome way to spend time with close friends and family.

Here is a quick YouTube video from Home Depot on How to Build a Fire Pit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EOUJUyBXRQ

The three options that require the least amount of time to complete include: utilizing an antique or salvaged fire pit; buy a freestanding fire pit; or simply building one. The first step to a DIY fire pit is purchasing the right materials. A stone fire pit, for example, is an attractive option for modern homes.

One common and affordable method is using concrete tree rings. For less than $60, homeowners can construct a personalized fire pit that allows for a very controlled burn and positive air shut-off to extinguish when it’s time to call it quits. Not only is it a cost efficient project to build, but an outdoor fire pit is the ideal way to entertain guest during the summer months.

5. Replace Fences & Gates

“Good fences make good neighbors.” — Mending Wall BY Robert Frost. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44266/mending-wall

For those looking to get their hands dirty over the weekend, the best option is to replace or repair fences and gates. This summer home renovation is ideal for homes with damaged, old or outdated fences, which can be easily repaired or restored. In fact, many home improvement stores offer ready-made fencing as well as custom materials.

If you plan to build a new fence, make sure you consult a professional and also the local municipal for regulations. Research the property line, inform your neighbors, consider going green, and research how much it costs based on the type of material you may use.

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MAKE YOUR HOME OFFICE LOOK PROFESSIONAL https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/01/make-your-home-office-look-professional/ https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/2020/07/01/make-your-home-office-look-professional/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:10:30 +0000 https://www.barbaracorreganorealty.com/?p=1578 Home offices are often an afterthought when initially designing a house. And when designed with great intentions of a space where you would like to sip your morning coffee and think of how you can change the world; they often get filled with odds and ends – and make it a hard place to sit…

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Home offices are often an afterthought when initially designing a house. And when designed with great intentions of a space where you would like to sip your morning coffee and think of how you can change the world; they often get filled with odds and ends – and make it a hard place to sit and work.

Let us look at how you can plan to have a professional home office that will inspire you to do your best work. The first aspect to consider is the overall layout of your office. You will want to maximize the amount of space you are working with, regardless of how big or small the space may be.

To do this:

  • Take measurements of your existing office space using a tape measure
  • Brainstorm ways to maximize your space with various furniture setups
  • Consider built-in shelving and storage options to maximize space, especially for smaller spaces
  • Calming Color Ideas to Boost Productivity

Your choice of paint in the office can make a huge difference on its overall look and feel. Space is an obvious factor that should be taken into consideration when choosing office furniture. However, functionality is another important aspect to focus on when shopping for desks, chairs, storage and more.

Here are some helpful considerations to keep in mind:

Desks: Think about how you will use your desk; if you work primarily on a laptop, you will likely need less space than if you were to use a desktop computer. Be sure to have plenty of space for paperwork, pens, and other office supplies. You’ll be amazed at how quickly it will fill up.

Office chairs: Shop for a chair that will be most comfortable for you. Typically, ergonomically designed office chairs are ideal, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting at your desk each day. Consider arm rests for additional comfort and leather material for durability.

Customize the lighting: Don’t just rely on the room’s existing overhead lights. Instead, add in functional and stylish lamps to create a luxe atmosphere. Consider adding in two different kinds of lighting. First, a task light for close up work, then lamps or a pendant for ambient light. This will provide the ideal balance.

Storage options: Brainstorm ways to make the most of your storage options. If you have a smaller office space, consider opting for a compact yet effective means of storing files and other documents, such as a filing cabinet. If you keep reference books in your office, consider a set of durable hardwood bookshelf.

Comfort: Add something soft underfoot. Being able to kick off your shoes and enjoy the feel of a plush carpet or fuzzy rug makes spending time in the office so much more enjoyable.

Music: Bring in some music. Nothing elevates a space quite like the presence of music, and a home office is no exception. It can help reduce stress and provide a great distraction when you need it.

Ultimately, the goal is to decorate your home office with items that will inspire you and make you feel motivated to get your work done, so shop around and do your research when it comes to office decor, lighting, and other important choices. Most importantly, keep in mind that designing a great home office takes time and effort, but you will reap the benefits if you put in the time.

Tips for decluttering: Clear your desktop and put back only what you use daily. Create a main storage area for office supplies in a drawer, cabinet, or closet near your workspace. Avoid placing folders or papers directly onto your desk unless you are physically working on them.

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