How to keep the "home" out of a home office

Real Estate Agent with Surterre Properties

Keeping your business and personal life is key to staying sane. But sometimes it can be tricky if they take place under the same roof. So if you are deciding on setting up a home office, or need to renovate, follow these tips from HGTV and Lowe’s:


  1. Draw a line between work and play with your computer: although tempting to use the family computer for business, you should separate the two. It will eliminate the chance of someone deleting an important file.
  2. Install additional phone or cable outlets if needed to accommodate your various office equipment.
  3. Divide the office into 3 sections: the work center, the reference center, and the supply center. Put your desk, computer, and daily necessities in the work center along with a filing cabinet for easy access to important files. Put dictionaries, old print, books, binders, etc in the reference center. The supply center  should hold, obviously, all your supplies.


These tips will ensure your home office feels like a space you can get work done in and will separate the personal from professional.


Best Regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI GREEN

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors


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Richard Goates
Apex California Realty - Redding, CA
Broker 01251781

What no plasma on the wall with news and football in the office? Now I know what I have been doing wrong!


Thanks for sharing!



Nov 23, 2009 12:45 PM #1
Nathan Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Davenport, FL
Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert

Rick, I'm with you. LOL

One question though. What about noisy kids? Pulling my hair out here. (Like I have any to spare! HAHA)

Nov 23, 2009 12:53 PM #2
Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

I tried working from home and found that I'm far more productive in the office. 

Nov 23, 2009 12:56 PM #3
Joel Prince
The Principle Group, Inc - Hixson, TN
Hixson/Soddy Real Estate Broker

Very practical tips.  It is amazing how a few simple steps can save loads of time and energy down the road.

Nov 23, 2009 01:46 PM #4
Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer Coun... - Roseville, CA
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Good tips, Michael...although it does get a little confusing when you have more than one business going in the same office! Color-coded everything works wonders for that situation. :)


Nov 23, 2009 09:20 PM #5
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