What To Know About Having a Detached Home Office

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Increasingly people are working at home, whether it’s all the time, part-time, or they have their own business they operate at home. Unique work environments have led to more interest in creating functional, versatile home offices that are professional but fit in with the rest of your home.

One of the top options for a lot of people is the addition of a detached home office, but there are some things to consider first.

Options for Detached Offices

There are currently so many options for having a detached home office. One of the most unique and often spacious is the metal garage, which can be put together in a matter of few days and creates a cool, industrial feel. You can also design your detached home office on your own and have it custom built, or even use a shed.

The options are almost limitless.

The Benefits

If you’re still on the fence as to whether or not a detached home office is right for you, there are a lot of benefits.

The first is the level of privacy and quiet you’ll enjoy. If your home office is actually located inside your home, it can be tough to separate work from the rest of your life, and if your kids or the rest of your family is home, even taking a phone call is difficult.

A detached office gives you the convenience of being at home, but also complete separation. It’s good for work-life balance as well.

When your office is detached, it’s also beneficial when you’re meeting with clients. You’ll have more dedicated space, and that will help you convey a greater sense of professionalism.

Resale Value

One of the most common things that most real estate agents say clients are looking for are home offices. With today’s modern work situations, more and more people don’t just prefer them but require them. If you’re looking for a good way to up the resale value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers, adding a detached home office is an excellent option.

Tax Deductions

Working from a home office can save you money in a variety of ways, including on costs like paying for gas to commute, and eating lunches out. It can also be used as a tax deduction, and this includes detached home offices.

In fact, detached home offices provide even more clear-cut rules in terms of using them as a tax deduction, since they’re exclusively used for work.

You will usually qualify for this deduction if there is a clear distinction between your office and the rest of your house, and you can calculate the deduction by multiplying the square footage of your office by $5. Deductions of up to $1500 are available.

These are just a few of the benefits and things to keep in mind if you’re considering adding a separate home office building to your home. It can be not only a great place to work and meet with clients, but it can also save you money regarding taxes, and improve the value of your home.

Author: Susan Melony