I’m so excited about getting my home office finished. Just the idea of having a place that’s dedicated to working, blogging, and sewing, makes me giddy. I’ve been planning and dreaming about my office for a couple of months now, but I kind of had the wind taken out of my sails a few weeks back when I followed a link on Hooked On Houses to an article on Real Simple called Home Upgrades That Don’t Pay Off. Want to guess what #1 was on the list? Yep…home offices.
Here’s what the article had to say:
Home office: “If you convert a bedroom into an office, your home will be listed as having one less bedroom―big mistake,” says CNN’s Gerry Willis. Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Group, a Manhattan real estate firm, agrees: “People try to envision a room for little Jenny but can’t make the leap past your piles of messy papers.”
I can see their point. But the fact is, I NEED a home office, but I don’t NEED a bedroom.
But home offices seem to be really popular, and I personally find it difficult to believe that simply moving out the bed and dresser, and moving in a desk and shelves can really have that much affect on resale value. That doesn’t seem reasonable to me at all.
One of my favorites, via Brooklyn Limestone
So where do you stand on the whole home office idea? Do you have one? Do you want one? Would you sacrifice an extra bedroom for one?
For those of you who have sacrificed a bedroom for a home office, do you think it would affect your resale value? Have any of you had experience with that? Did you really have to list your home as having one less bedroom? That seems very strange to me.