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Working from home? It could be time to consider extending your property

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Mika, Staff Writer

Thursday, 22 April 2021

With many companies now stating WFH will become mainstream at least for some of the time, our attention turns to our workspaces, which up to now have likely been the kitchen table or a spare bedroom. Rather than go through the expense of moving, extending could be a much more favourable option instead and here’s why. 

Options for extending

  • Garage conversion

  • Loft conversion

  • Single level extension

  • Multi-level extension

  • Outdoor office building construction

A purpose-built space for work

It can be really difficult to manage your computer setup, not to mention paperwork or client files on the dinner table. You may have to keep setting up and clearing your desk away, all of which is a hassle. But if you have a room that’s specifically built to work in, you can establish a better routine. Plus, if your business involves consulting with clients in person, then you’ll need a professional space to bring them to. This is especially the case if you’re self-employed and don’t own a typical office space. 

A clear distinction between work and life

The one upside of an office is that you can leave your working environment behind once you're at home. But when your home and work are the same space, this just isn’t so. To be able to concentrate and avoid burnout, it’s important where you work and where you spend time with your family aren’t in the same spot. If you have the option to extend, it will allow you to create a zoned off area that you can keep private and professional, leaving the rest of your home free for family time. 

Increase your property’s value

Any improvements you make to your home will increase its value. However, extending can be particularly lucrative especially if you add any additional bedrooms or potential home office space. Estate agents are already noticing a trend that favours WFH-friendly properties. Remote working is here to stay, and providing the room to make that happen will make your property more attractive versus cramped dwellings. 

Extending is far less hassle than moving

The cost of extending ranges between £10,000-£50,000 on average. The true figure depends on the type of extension, the size and the spec of the finish. While extending is a costly investment, it’s still going to be less expensive not to mention less hassle versus moving. With moving, the entire process can drag on for months. But with extending, you can create your dream home in a matter of weeks without having to pack up a single box! 

To sum up

Extending offers so many options for homeowners as we navigate WFH in the long term. Not only will an extension give you a much-needed dedicated working space, but it will also increase the value of your property too. 

Find a Builder for your extension project with Bark and create the perfect balance between work and home life in your property. 

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