Remote working is something almost all of us are very familiar with now and it certainly has been doing the rounds in the media, with a reasonably noticeable split in opinions of how well it’s being received. Remote working is something almost all of us are very familiar with now and it certainly has been doing the rounds in the media Those for it note the improvement in work-life balance. The against crowd ranges from angry office landlords to people who genuinely prefer an office setting. It’s also worth pointing out that productivity regularly comes up in discussion.
Regardless of where you sit on this spectrum, it’s likely remote working is here to stay. And for those taking matters into their own hands, you can mark your style onto your office or study. For anyone who wants a premium home office, you’ll need to work with Anthony Ward Thomas, London’s prestige removal and storage company.
Remote working Doesn’t Have to be Dull –
Aside from the practical pros and cons, there’s a lesser traversed side of home offices no one’s talking about. This is your chance to create something professional and elegant, depending on your taste. Are you the type of person who keenly inspects everyone’s office when they’re on the news? We have to admit to spying on the book titles and office décor.
It doesn’t always have to be a basic or functional set-up, as most online articles suggest. This is an opportunity to design a contemporary classic office or study with all your favourite novels and textbooks. In this instance, style and substance work in tandem, resulting in a stunning place to work and catch up on some literature.
The good news, especially for busy people, is you don’t need to do the hard work of putting it all together. Anthony Ward Thomas sets up home offices for individuals and companies throughout the lockdown. Due to our track record of delivering a high-quality removals service, we also have an eye for detail.
If you’re thinking of joining the remote working cause, let us create the perfect setting for you. We can assess everything thoroughly and suggest a suitable starting point with a free quote. With some interior design tips, you’re well on your way to enjoying a stylish home office or study in London.
The Home Office Set-Up Checklist –
This checklist will go through some of the practical steps you’ll need to take when setting up your home office. Additionally, there are some tips on how to avoid procrastination and maintain a decent level of productivity. By following the list, you’ll be able to start working remotely straight away.
Your dedicated workspace – This is a vital component for remote working. Distractions cause delays, which then leads to a drop in productivity. Go through every room in your house to see which is the most suitable for conversion to a home office. You can adapt a section of your lounge or bedroom and cordon off with a portable divider for luxury apartments.
Limit distractions and remove the TV – It might seem like a silly suggestion at first until you find yourself catching up on the news and sport for over an hour each morning. Your work area should have no TV or similar device, so keep this in mind when choosing where to set-up shop.
If you’re selling goods and services – If this applies to your venture, you’ll have to check if there’s a requirement to pay business rates. Read this helpful link to read to understand the regulations.
Multi-purpose equipment – An excellent way to maximise your workspace is to use appliances with several functions. You can also look into furniture which folds away if you have limited space. And you’ll be pleased to know there’s plenty of high-quality tables which folds away conveniently.
Spoil yourself and go premium – It’s not essential to have premium furniture with the best appliances. However, as this is your project, feel free to splurge on a high-end desk and comfortable chair. We have IT experts within our ranks and can advise on the best electronic and internet-ready equipment.
Use Storage to Create Space Before Work Begins –
Before any room conversion can happen, you’ll need to create more space, especially if you live in a city centre flat. By moving everything out before you start any work, you’ll avoid transferring objects from room to room. Anthony Ward Thomas has a range of storage options to ensure your belongings are safe and secure.
Self storage has various benefits which are likely to suit people storing for a shorter period, such as creating a home office. This package has a slightly higher price than container storage, but it has several advantages. You can access your storage room whenever you need to during our business hours without any additional fees.
Container storage provides the very best level of protection at prices everyone can afford. And this is perfect for domestic customers who don’t need regular access and require a longer storage period. We’ll bring the empty container to your address and will load everything at your location. Our removal’s team will then seal the container and transport it back to our depot, where we use a stacking system.
For business owners, there are our Business Storage and Archive Storage packages. This range of storage services makes it possible to accommodate everyone’s requirements. This applies to domestic and business customers, and we have a variety of storage unit sizes for you to choose from. And should your circumstances change, we can always upgrade or downsize your storage unit accordingly.
Make Sure Your Property Retains its Value –
We need to highlight a critical point regarding how a room conversion can affect your property’s value. Before you start any work on your conversion, it’s a good idea to take the time to mitigate any issues and prepare for all outcomes. It might seem like a winning idea to have a dedicated office or study, but you’re sacrificing a bedroom to enable it.
This is where the assistance of an estate agent is essential. If you put together a plan of the room conversion, they’ll be able to assess the impact on your property’s value. Then you can weigh up the pros and cons of going ahead with the project. If this would harm the valuation of your house, we would suggest considering an outside building instead.
It goes without saying that you need to be careful if you live in a listed building. Even slight modifications on some properties need to have official approval before work begins. If this applies to you, get in touch with your local borough council and submit your initial plans. They’ll be able to tell you if this will cause issues to avoid any nasty surprises.
If converting a room does have a negative impact on your home’s market value, there’s another option to consider. Building an extension to create a brand-new space is likely the better path to a home office. You’ll need planning permission, so it might be a good idea to contact your borough’s council to seek advice on the process.
Consider Home Staging and Professional Cleaning –
Over the years, Anthony Ward Thomas has made a point of working with professionals who match our high standards. That’s why we have a direct contact who specialises in home staging, design and property management. Additionally, we can arrange this for you while we assess your other requirements. There are costs to consider with this option, but hundreds of our customers swear by this method when selling their home.
So, what does this have to do with setting up a home office? Well, we have gone to lengths to highlight adding style to your project. Why not enlist an interior design expert to give your office or study some exceptional touches? You can do this yourself, but it’s worth costing their services into your budget. Our removals customers have nothing but praise for the effectiveness of home staging when selling your property.
Another thing you’ll need to complete during the preparation stage is a deep clean of the chosen room. There are two ways of doing this. The first is to do the dirty work yourself, and the second is to use AWT cleaning, our professional cleaning service. A spotless home isn’t just for appearance purposes; that comes later in the process. You’ll notice any maintenance issues before the conversion work starts.
Every carpet must undergo a steam clean, which can be done with AWT Cleaning, or you’ll need to hire a specialist machine. Remove all deep stains and grime by taking out all appliances and cleaning in, under and behind. It’s not an easy job, and that’s why we suggest using a professional cleaning company. We’ll have your chosen room sparking, ready for the conversion work to begin.
Let the Professionals Create Your Office –
Anthony Ward Thomas is renowned for our specialist packages and ability to handle fragile, often irreplaceable items. This is the kind of service that requires experts at every stage, ensuring no damage occurs to your belongings or the interior walls when moving objects. There are plenty of times where a room conversion entails moving furniture and appliances around your home.
When we receive feedback from our customers, they always tell us that we’re the only company they trust to care for their valuables. By booking with us, they have the peace of mind that we will pack everything correctly. Moreover, we will handle their belongings with the utmost care and attention. You can see what our previous customers think of us by reading our online reviews here.
By booking us to set-up your home office or study, you’ll receive the highest standard of service delivery. We will help you at every stage, including the procurement of furniture and electronic equipment. Similarly, we have contacts in every sector for professional referrals, so you’ll always work with people with the same customer service standards. Let us make your home office worthy of spending your working day in.
Anthony Ward Thomas – Where Productivity Meets Premium Services –
It’s worth repeating an earlier point – style and substance can coexist in this situation. You can have the best of both a fully functioning, tasteful office that highlights your tastes and preference in office furniture. Best of all, we can do the labour-intensive work for you, such as collecting your items to installing everything, including IT and electronic equipment.
Anthony Ward Thomas puts customer service at the forefront of every service we offer. We set up home offices frequently during the pandemic, and it’s something we intend to continue. We’re here to make your life easier, and it’s possible to adapt any of our removal and storage packages to accommodate your requirements.
If you’d like to know more about our high-quality range of services, please contact us today. We can provide you with a premium-level home office or study in London.