According to the Office of National Statistics approximately 13% of people in the UK now work from home. With home-workers accounting for 3.8 million people in the UK, there are now more people looking for a more flexible way to work than ever before.
Along with the South East of England and Scotland, Wales is one of the areas in the UK that has seen the sharpest rise in home-workers. This rise has led to an increased demand for estate agents in Cardiff and the surrounding areas to take the needs of home-workers into consideration when renting or selling property.
Unsurprisingly, an increase in home-workers means potential homeowners are reconsidering what they should look for when buying a house.
For families looking to rent or buy property in cities such as Cardiff, good schools and low crime rates are a still a key deciding factor. Although these aspects are important, the recent shift in the number of people working from home has seen more looking for properties with that extra bit of space.
Working from home is becoming an appealing alternative for people from many industries and walks of life. Although traditionally associated with working mothers, almost two-thirds of home-workers are male. Many budding entrepreneurs start their enterprises from home and create space for a makeshift office in those important first months. A number of freelancers and creative people also find that they are better suited to working at home, as they may find working in an office restricting.
Home working has become increasingly popular with those who rent or buy properties in areas such as Barry and Penarth, which are within close proximity to the city centre. Being able to commute in at ease is essential as the majority of home workers still travel to an office regularly.
Despite a city centre office appealing in many ways, there are many benefits to working from home. It not only saves on the cost of commuting and childcare but also gives people flexibility in regards to their work life balance. Home working enables people to work when they like, meaning they can fit it in around their families, friends and day-to-day lives.
Home working can potentially be isolating and less social than an office environment, which makes it even more important to create a space that is enjoyable to work in. Having one section of the home dedicated to work, whether it’s a study, conservatory or a converted garden shed, allows people to separate their office from the home to maintain a good balance between their social and work lives.
Properties in areas such as Cardiff Bay, which tend to be more modern, are ideal for creating an office space at home. These properties are deliberately crafted to feature natural light and have a spacious feel, so rooms can replicate a contemporary open–plan office. With little structural work needed, modern rooms can be easily decorated which allows creativity when creating a workspace.
If you work from home and are considering buying or renting a property, the ACJ team are on hand to ensure you find the right space which allows you to completely benefit from home working.
Please contact: (029) 20 41 51 61 to speak to our sales or rental teams.