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How To Set Up A Home Office

How To Set Up A Home Office

Planning to set up a spare room into a home office? Working from home gives you the flexibility to set your own schedule, as well as save time and money by getting rid of a daily commute.

To be successful, you need to set up your home office in an environment which promotes productivity and efficiency. Here are the best tips for how to set up a home office.

1. Make A List Of Your Office Needs

Rather than just putting a desk in the corner of a room, and saying its a home office, you should first come up with a list of your essential items.

This varies on the type of work that you do.

At the very least, you most likely will need a desk, chair, computer, phone, and printer. Perhaps you also need a filing cabinet or an extra-large desk for more workspace.

Will you have clients coming to meet with you in person? If so, you’ll also need space to meet with them.

2. Choose A Dedicated Space For Your Office

Now you should have an idea of how much space you need, and it’s time to set aside some dedicated space in your home. You should ideally try to have your office in a quiet area, which is even more essential if you have a partner, children, or live with housemates.

It’s best to use a spare room with a closing door, that way you can cut out the noise, and work uninterrupted. It’s also suitable for when you need to take client calls.

If you need to meet with clients in person, consider choosing a room near the front of the home.

Also, try and keep your professional space separate from the rest of the house. This will help you to relax when not working, and also to go into ‘work mode’ as soon as you step into your home office.

3. Utilise Space

It’s quite common that you have a limited amount of space to work with. Filling your room with just a desk and chair can even feel like you are cramped. To find a solution may require you getting create a space which has a big enough work area along with storage space.

For the desk, you can use filing cabinets or shelves as the base, and then get a countertop to put on top. Ikea has many great customisable and affordable desk solutions.

4. Take Advantage of Natural Light

Try to find an area for your home office that takes advantage of natural light. If this is not possible, then make sure to enhance the area by using direct lighting. First, add some overhead lights, then add desk and floor lamps, which cover a specific working area.

Whatever type of lighting you use, make sure that you position your computer screen so that it eliminates any glare on the screen.

Your aim should be to create balanced lighting, which will work to minimise eye strain from occurring.

5. Make an Investment In The Right Home Office Equipment

To get your home office set up, you first need to have the right equipment. Usually, it can be tempting to splurge on office decor, but not to spend much on necessary office equipment.

Make sure to invest in a suitable and sturdy desk with a large enough workspace. Also, get a comfortable chair with back support, and either a desktop computer or laptop with sufficient memory and storage space. Make sure to also invest in any industry-specific software which you need, as well as any specialist tools or equipment you may need.

Setting up a new home office is an exciting time, and marks the start of a new journey. Whether you are moving to a new home, or just buying your home furniture for your spare room,

Next Level Removals are here to help. Our professional and experienced movers offer affordable rates and treat your belongings as if they were our own. Call 1300 005 400 or get a free quote online today.

5 Ways To Save Money On Moving Home

5 Ways To Save Money On Moving Home

Moving home always has a lot of unexpected expenses which can add up fast. No matter whether you are moving across town, or to the other side of the country, you need to keep an eye on your spending.

To help keep your moving costs to a minimum, here are 5 ways to save money on moving house.

1. Plan Well In Advance

One of the best ways to save money when moving home is to plan your move well in advance, and also to give yourself a budget for it.

Booking early can help you get better rates for hiring removalists, and not have to pay last-minute premium fees. It will also help you get an idea of the price ahead of time so that you can budget for it, rather than having to pay all upfront unexpectedly.

Using a removal calculator can help you get an idea of the total price.

2. Get 3-5 Estimates

There are many variables when moving. Quotes may also fluctuate significantly between different removals companies. You should get quotes from 3-5 different removals companies. This will let you know that you are getting the best service for the most affordable price.

Before automatically going for the cheapest option, read some online reviews about all the companies. Also, make sure the removalists have insurance, and your belongings are covered for any damages. Otherwise, it could cost you a lot more by having to pay to repair or replace any items damaged while moving.

3. Sell Some Items You No Longer Need

Moving home is the perfect time to go through all your belongings and get rid of anything you no longer want or need. It will also eliminate any clutter from coming into your new home.

Sell your unwanted items on eBay, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, or an old fashioned garage sale. Not only will it give you extra cash to put towards moving, but it will also reduce the amount you have to pay removalists. Because there will be fewer boxes which need moving which means less van space is required. It’s a win-win situation.

4. Find Free Moving Boxes

Buying moving boxes can be a significant and unexpected expense. Luckily, there’s no need to pay for moving boxes, when you can source some for free! Check with supermarkets or department stores if they have any empty boxes – they will only throw them out anyway.

Even better, a lot of removalists provide free moving boxes which are the perfect size for moving and reinforced as well.

5. Pack Everything Yourself

Removalists offer excellent extra services such as packing and unpacking your belongings. As well as dismantling and reassembling furniture. But, if you are really on a tight budget, you can pack everything yourself. Just make sure to do it in advance and have it all ready before the movers show up on moving day.

It’s essential to pack your belongings correctly, to protect them in transit. To do so, you will need to use blankets, towels, sheets and old newspapers for padding and protection. This can help reduce the cost of having to buy packing supplies such as bubble wrap and packing paper.

There are many different ways you can save money on moving house. While it may seem like small savings, when combined, the savings add up fast.

Looking for an affordable and experienced professional removalist company? Next Level Removals are here to help! Call us today on 1300 005 400, or get a free quote online.