There are a number of considerations that one must go through to buy a new home, particularly one you work in. Anyone who has been through a house sale while living in the house knows about something called “staging.” Space requirements in the new house aside, one issue that may come up is the fact you probably have to sell the house you currently live in while continuing to earn a living.
Part of that process involves removing the excess stuff from your home to make it appear spacious and inviting to potential buyers. This, unfortunately, includes work-related stuff. For some people, work-related material may be a laptop and some paperwork. For me, however, it’s a good portion of the contents of my office! And that’s just the start of uncertainty.
In addition, once the house is actually listed, I will have to be able to vacate the premises at a moment’s notice so potential buyers can come through the house. I suppose it’s a bit like when you work in a coffee shop and the proprietor shoos you away because you’re using the bandwidth and not buying enough coffee. Except in this case, I will be going to find the coffee shop. Fortunately, there’s a Starbucks nearby and my employer pays for T-Mobile Hotspot access.
This kind of unstable home-working situation is, in most cases, likely to be temporary. That being said, here are a few tips for coping with this situation:
- Know what you can do in what circumstances. Given that you could be interrupted at any point in time and have to move your work location, understand what in your current workload can be done and be prepared to shift to those things when necessary.
- Try to work only with tools that can be packed up and ready to go at a moment’s notice. That means using your laptop, cell phones, and other portable devices.
- Have your laptop bag ready to go at a moment’s notice. Have it pre-packed with the essentials–chargers for your laptop and mobile phone, portable peripherals, a power strip–Monster makes this great travel one–and anything else you might need. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to stuff your laptop in there and be ready to go.
- Consider taking some time off. It’s likely you’ll need some to actually do the move anyway, but if you can, why not take off a little more?
Have you tried working at home while your house is being sold? What kinds of issues did you run into doing this? Post your thoughts and questions in the comments.