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What to look for in a home office

The stereo typical view of the office is an off-white6
room, filled with beige furniture and other uninspiring
stuff that is nevertheless essential to the running of
your business.
So when you’re looking for a new property, armed with
a new home loan, what should you look for to ensure
you get the best environment to run your business?

A room with a view
Who says an office has to be drab? You’re working at
home here, so why should you maintain that air of cold professionalism? You can spruce up and redecorate as much as you like, but there is one major factor that you should always take into account when reviewing a home that has an office: the windows.
A survey by the Real Estate Buyers Agents
Association of Australia revealed that natural light was the third most wanted aspect of a dream home – do you agree? Large, uncovered windows could be just
the ticket to spreading that light around. In addition, ensuring that you have a view of some plant life could
be the key to ensuring you stay sane even during the most difficult of workdays, says one study published in
the journal of HortTechnology.

A mountain of paperwork
As you run your business, you’ll be making stacks of paperwork. Whilst we live in an increasingly digital
age, there are still plenty of invoices, statements and other nefarious things to deal with. You have to have
somewhere to store them, particularly if you are selfemployed.
While low documentation loans are certainly an offering, it might be better to ensure that
you have all of your financials easily at hand.
The solution? Ensure that you have storage space in your office. A nook, a cranny, anywhere you can put a
filing cabinet. You’ll thank yourself for your organisation later.

Plenty of power points
Despite the paperwork, the world of small business is all about staying agile and up-to-date with the latest
technology. In fact, digital disruption is set to affect 65 per cent of the Australian economy in the near future
says Deloitte, so it will pay to get on board with all the latest tech. So what does that mean for your office?
Power points. Lots of power points.
While a lot of technology has gone wireless, you’re still going to need chargers plugged into the wall. The
tablet, the phone, the computer, all of these need powerpoints. While you can certainly install them
afterwards, wouldn’t it be easier to look for a place that already has them accessible? So keep an eye out for
them when you’re looking for your next home.
But first, you have to find the right loan. Make sure you get in touch with us and start your journey to a new
base of operations for your business.

Written by

Stephen Bonfield, the Managing Director, previously worked for one of Australia’s major home loan companies as an independent mortgage broker. Steve used this experience to set up his own mortgage broking company - a company that places customer needs at the forefront.

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