The second-floor office had books everywhere floor to ceiling and a little laptop. It was part of a house going on the market for resale.
Thomson with Artful Organizers went through the books and boxed the ones that
weren’t really attractive.
staged the bookshelves with about a quarter of the books, rather than it being
like a library, it was more of a decorative bookshelf arrangement – more than a
functional library,” Thomson says.
The lowest shelf had books from side-to-side; the other shelf had some books to the left, then some ornaments. The shelf above had a picture with some books so they would be loosely stacked. Thomson also removed some book spaces as well, to make it a more comfortable space.
don’t remember how quickly it sold, but I know they had more than asking,”
Thomson had to clean up this office – this is her job and it took a number of sessions to complete. She is Founder and Chief Consultant of Artful Organizers. Among the many tasks she does, she helps people who want to sell their homes to organize places like their offices.
“People buy up, they don’t want to buy parallel
they don’t want to buy down,” Thomson says.
This is why it’s important to help potential buyers
imagine living there.
“If you invite people into your home you would
have them in the most welcoming fashion,” Thomson says. “Because you
have special guests coming over, you pack those things away. It’s not that much
different when you have buyers coming into your home.”
If your office is polluted with paper and the
bookshelves are crammed full, it’s exhausting to be around.
one rule for Thomson is zoning. Everything of one kind must be stored
together for ease of use. Thomson also needs to know a bit about who she
is working with; specifically, are they right-brained or left-brained or
somewhere in the middle.
“With right-brained people, I endeavour to keep their zoned categories in highly visible places and with left-brained people; I endeavour to tuck their zoned categories well out of sight,” she says. “You see, the ‘righties’ need to see it for it to ‘exist,’ so, I will do things so they can separate categories without taking up copious amounts of space, on bookshelves – taxes; bills; medical; hobby – and the like.”
Thomson says there are no drawers to open to fully grasp what you must deal
have the visual filing system in their brains, so it is OK to put their stuff
into drawers; they actually prefer things to be completely out of sight.
“Then there are people like me who fall into the middle – I like some things to be visible and some things to be tucked out of sight; anyway it is set up, I can find it.”
These things will help in figuring out how to organize
your home office for re-sale.
Thomson advises that small spaces shouldn’t have
clunky computers. The office space area should show the computer, the chair,
the printer and the basic things you need. You need to be realistic in making
the teeny, tiny little room show organization. Sometimes it’s just a table that
She says black plastic cabinet boxes for organizing are recommended. When planning a move, box as much stuff as possible ahead of time. Try to gain space – pack up and store. For things you need to have on hand, it needs to be containerized in an attractive way.
When it comes to larger spaces there is the luxury of
more space. You may use a bedroom for an office. People coming in will wonder
if it’s big enough for a bed. When advertising a place and showing a place, you
should show the number of listed bedrooms.
“If there’s any question on size, we need to
relocate that office to a transition area like a basement if that’s a
possibility or transition the idea as a guest bedroom/office. Pack up one of
the angles on the desk. It’s not going to be ideal to live like that, but you
would have to live like that.”
Most people can use any room as an office. Louise
Edwards is a Sales Associate with Re/Max and helps people to move up. She says
so many people work from home and questions the advantages in one for resale
when it comes to taxes.
“Is it advantageous in resale?” Edwards
asks. “When it’s time to re-sale on a home office you must pay taxes on it
upon the profits from the income.”
She also says many people will still work from home –
simply without claiming the income and the space on their taxes. Then it
doesn’t become an issue for being a hot property.