Converting a garage into a home office is an increasingly popular step for homeowners to make. It’s not surprising, given that many people now work from home, either through self-employment, flexible working or otherwise. It can also be handy if you have sons or daughters preparing for exams or doing coursework, giving them space away from the distractions of the home to knuckle down to some serious work. It can also add value to your home, as buyers see the extra space as beneficial and will pay more accordingly.
Converting your garage into a home office isn’t too difficult a process, if you go about it in the right way and with the right help. The majority of garage conversions don’t require planning permission, as they are usually deemed within to be within the grounds of permitted development rights. However, to get an effective and comfortable office, you should almost certainly enlist the help of a specialist who can help you realise your ideas. You will also need building regulation approval from your local authority and getting a dedicated conversion expert to assist in the process can make it much easier.
When it comes to your home office, you should take account into the fact that what may be suitable for parking your car will probably not be suitable for spending a great deal of time in. For instance, if your garage does not have windows, it may be a good idea to have some installed so you can enjoy the benefits of natural light. If your garage has not been properly insulated then it is probably worthwhile to invest in it due to the reduced costs of heating your new office in the winter months, as well as making it a more hospitable environment to work in. You will need carpeting or flooring, depending on your preferences.
You should also be mindful of space and how to make the best use of it. Consider investing in space-saving devices to maximise the area you’ve got to work in – cramped, cluttered spaces don’t lend themselves particularly well to creativity, productivity or concentration. Colours and decoration are also important, so be sure to pick a scheme which will be long-lasting and in-keeping with a reasonably studious atmosphere.
As your home office is likely to have a computer, printer and phone system in it, then it is advisable to get your insurance in it covered too. Buildings insurance policies may have outbuildings coverage as a standard feature. The items inside your home office will be covered by your contents insurance policy. If you invest in new items for your office, then it’s important to notify your insurer so you have your belongings insured for an accurate sum.