Your Home Office - Stay Put or Move Out

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Your Home Office - Stay Put or Move Out

By: Brad Trupp

Is it really your time to take that a leap and move from your home office to a commercial property?

To help you answer this question, let's take a step backwards for a moment and answer two other questions. Why do you want to move? Why is this move necessary?

The first question is -- why do you want to move? Sit down, grab some paper, and make a list. Put down as many reasons as you can think of. Put your list aside for a day or two and revisit it a few more times. You obviously have some of your reasons already or you would not be thinking about the possibility of a move.

The second question is -- why is this move necessary? For each reason, jot down a few notes on why each reason is valid. Let's look at some of the more common reasons and discuss your rational behind each.

Do you get a lot of clients coming to your home? Most of us do not have the luxury of a separate entrance for our office that keeps the clients from tramping through our messy house and down the hallway to our office that was once that spare bedroom.

Can you arrange to use a meeting area at a shared office complex for a half day per week as a permanent off-site location in order to have a special time each week to meet with clients? It might even be better for some of your clients if they do not have to trek into the wilderness of suburbia each time they need to meet with you. You might even become more productive by limiting meetings to one or two specific days each week. Should you make the trip once in a while to visit your client instead?

Is your reason that a commercial location would provide better visibility and this would lead to more clients? Perhaps? I just love questions that can be answered with "it all depends". Outside of a retail store where out of sight is truly out of mind, most of your customers likely come from advertising and word of mouth anyway. When was the last time you hired a plumber to fix something? Did you drive done to the local mall and visit the plumber store or did you look in the phone book?

Do you have employees coming to your home every day? If so, your probably already are in violation of most residential zoning regulations and need to move your business out. If employees come on a less frequent basis and do not cause a problem for your neighbors, then stay home.

Do you feel the need to socialize more with humans that are not at the other end of a phone or via e-mail? That is a whole other issue. People are social animals by nature and need the company of others. Maybe working at home is not for you but more likely you need to get out more. Join some business associations or special interest groups where you can meet with other people on a regular basis. Your local chamber of commerce likely has some monthly programs. How about groups like Toastmasters? Find some non-work interests. Take a course. Just get out of the office for a while each week.

Is the cost necessary? I recently read an interesting statistic. What it said "approximately" was that if you keep your car for ten years rather than trading into a new car every few year, you will end up with $500,000 more in the bank when you retire, even after accounting for the increased maintenance costs of the older car. This is a bit of an analogy to our home office but the reason most of us work is so that someday we can stop working. The less we spend on our day to day costs of running an office and the more we can sock away, the more savings we end up with and sooner we hit our goal to stop working.

What else did you come up with? Look at your reasons. Look at your justifications for each reason. Does moving still make sense now? If so, start planning. If not, sit back, relax a bit, and think about the simple pleasures of being able to work where you live.

Copyright 2000 Brad Trupp

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wallaceandgromit 19.05.2008. 21:05

How do I get two cats to live together? I have a cat that pretty much stays in my home office. My fiancee is moving into my home in July. She also has a cat. My cat is very docile and her cat is very dominant. What are some steps I can take to get them to live together?


Admin 19.05.2008. 21:05

I agree, keep them seperated for a few days- then try putting up a baby gate (maybe even one on top of the other) so that the two cats can see one another, but not get at each other.
Once they have adapted to this (2-3 days) then try taking it down.
They may fight at first- but eventually will learn to tolerate one another.


amd 04.09.2007. 12:44

Help Feng Shui my home office? I've just moved into a new home office. I'd like any general feng shui advice, and I have a specific question too.

Here's the office layout:

I have a picture of a lighthouse and calm sea that I'd like to hang on one of the walls. Where's the best place for this picture with water in it?

General question: does anyone have any other advice on the layout? I've taken care not to have my back to door or window. Anything else?

Hi guys,

Some more details:

BOD: 30 Aug 1978

I started an internet marketing business about 8 months ago - see link for details.

It may be difficult to change the orientation of the door (as I do not own the house), but I will see if it's possible.

I understand that more precise details are required for a thorough analysis, but it's unfair for me to look for such detail in a free answers forum. I'm happy to learn from whatever you guys can share.

You can contact me via the business website if you need to get in touch.



Admin 04.09.2007. 12:44

first, i like to emphasize that fengshui is only good when the whole house is involved, even if you only stay in 1 room, it is required that the whole house is fengshui'd. the reason for this is that we often use the fengshui chart of the whole house to be applied on the 1 room in the house.

next, my comments below are not precise, it is just based on the picture you attached. fengshui is better when it is precise and personal. personal, because your birthdate/ time and certain info regarding you and your house are used in the calculations.

- can you make the door to open the other way, so that the person coming in can find you right away.
- there is a special formula to see whether the angle from the door to the diagonal corner is healthy to the occupant/s; this is known to most fengshui practitioners
- general layout is okay, except for the door.
- regarding the picture, you can put it anywhere you like. it is not fengshui when you use a picture or a furniture to attract wealth into your life. that is just what most western writers like people to believe. it is much more complicated than that. regarding the picture, it will not affect you in anyway, if you put it anywhere, as far as fengshui is concerned.


I Accidentally 17.07.2013. 17:54

How to paint a wall with no drips/no splatter..? (Is it best to use a roller or brush..?)? I really have to/want to paint 2 walls in a small office that contains really a massive, heavy desk and equipment (and electronics). This stuff weighs a ton and I can't move it myself. I can't unplug everything, either because I just can't. It all has to stay-put.

I have some tarp material to cover SOME of the furniture and floor but not even close to enough to cover ALL.

What's the best way to paint a wall when you're worried about NOT dripping/splattering/splashing paint on stuff..?

For instance, is there some type of specific paint roller that holds paint better (so it doesn't splatter)..?

or would a brush be better than a roller..?

I Accidentally

Admin 17.07.2013. 17:54

Go to the home store and splurge $5 on some plastic tarp material. There is no way you won't get some splatter, no matter how careful you are and no matter how you apply the paint.


Paranormal Kitty 08.08.2009. 22:40

What do you think about people working from home? I know there is becoming a trend of people moving more of their work to home rather than going into the office every day. I happen to be one of those - my new job allows me to work from home most of the time and I will be even more able to do this when I get my home office and new computer equipment in the next couple of weeks.

What do you think of this trend? Do you think it will increase or decrease productivity? Is it good or bad for society? What are your reasons?

Paranormal Kitty

Admin 08.08.2009. 22:40

If your employer is letting you do that, I think it is great. You will save the time and expense of commuting, save on some wardrobe costs and lunch costs, and be close to your work in case you get an inspiration in the middle of the night and want to work on it.

Of course, it will require discipline, a quiet place, the proper equipment and communication, etc. Also be aware that some of your neighbors will think that you are unemployed or just staying home, so they may interrupt you or take up your time asking for favors. If that happens, you need to put a stop to it.


elmo13595 08.03.2007. 22:24

Is it risky to buy a home from people who are in preforeclosure and filing for bankruptcy? My husband and I are first-time homebuyers. The "owners" of the home we are most interested in buying are in preforeclosure and are filing for bankruptcy. I put "owners" in quotes, because they still owe the full home value on their mortgage. They want to stay in the home five days past closing to give them time to move their belongings out once they are certain the deal has gone through. Our concern is that they will trash the place on the way out, after we have already closed, and we will have no real recourse. Even if we sue them, they won't have any money to give us, since they are bankrupt. We are also concerned that it will be a hassle to get them to actually move out. Are we being overly cautious, or is it risky to buy a home from people in this situation? Are there particular ways we can protect ourselves? Our real estate agent doesn't seem to think our concerns are very well founded, so any advice will be appreciated. Thanks!


Admin 08.03.2007. 22:24

Hey. I work in a real estate office that only deals with foreclosures. I am not sure about all of the states, but in general first the person is evicted. Then the home is sold. Your situation is different though. It is usually more of a hassle to buy foreclosures because the people are bitter about being evicted, etc. However, you can also save a lot of money. It really depends on how much you want to risk. If I were in your position, I would put in the contract that they have to vacate the property on the day of the closing. They can gather up their stuff before the closing date. You can also pay them to vacate sooner or ask for a security deposit that will be returned to them when they leave if the house is left in good condition. If they refuse to leave the home after the set date, then a sheriff or marshall will be notified by the state and they will get them out of there. As far as them leaving the house a mess, there is really nothing you can do about that because they have nothing to lose if they do trash the house. Make sure that your agent is hearing what you are saying. Most agents don't have that much experience in foreclosures. Good luck, but just remember to deal with things slowly and carefully.


j_christ_all_day_and_everyday 05.09.2008. 20:57

How do I leave home to a new state and what are way I can do? Can someone tell me what are the process of moving out of state because I am planning on moving out of Connecticut to South Florida. Do you have to register or whatever as I assume in order to be a citizen by; change a new doctor, new license, ID, phone number ect ect ect. Can someone give me info about those things please. It would be nice. Thanks


Admin 05.09.2008. 20:57

You do not have to "register". If you are an American citizen, you will still be an American citizen in Florida. After a year of living in Florida, you will be considered a Florida case you want to go to college there , then you do not have to pay out-of -state tuition. Before moving you need to : Write down the name of your doctor and dentist and their addresses and ph. numbers. When you get a new doc and dentist in Fl give them this info and they will send for your records. When you find a house or apt. there, you will need to call the utility company and phone company to get hooked up...real estate agent or apt. manger can give you the name and number of the right place to call. If you are going to make a trip down there to find a house or apt. before you move, then you will have your new address. Go to the post office and fill out a change of adress form. Call your credit card companies and give them your new address, and give it to friends and family. If you are going to stay in a temporary place in Florida til you find a permenant place , arrange for a friend or family member to recieve your mail ( use their address on your change of address card) until you do get a permanet address in Florida. Close your bank account where you are, or if they have branches where you are moving, ask them how to transfer your account there. You will need to go the the DMV office in your town in Florida and apply for a Fl. drivers license...see 1st site below. you will need to tell your current employer and any other employers you had this past year what address to mail your W -2 forms to so you will have them when it is time to do yout taxes. you will ned to pay state taxes in Conn. for the portion of the year that you lived and worked. there. You will have to ask a friend or family member pick up a state tax packet for you in Jan. and send it to you to fill may get a refund. make a list of everyone you need to call and tell that you are moving...and give them your new address as soon as possible. you will need to have your phone and utilities disconnected where you currently live...and give them an address to mail your final bill to.. a friend or family member who can tell you how much they are and you can send a check to pay them. ..or sometimes the util . company can give you the bill the day before you leave and you can pay it then. When you get your Fl. drivers license, you will also need to register your car in Fl and get Fl. tags. Make a list of all these things and any others you think of. you will need to buy new car ins. in Fl. within a month...and call your ins. company in Conn. to tell them you have moved and have new ins...or call and ask if they can sitch your coverage to Fl. then they can make the adustment on your ins. bill. if your ins. is with a major company, just call them and give them your new address and they wil lswitch you to a policy that will cover you in Florida. Sooo. car issues, insurance, license, registration...then phone and utilities...other creditors like cr. cards, and any other monthly bills you and dentist, employer, bank account tax issues. Then, post office change of address card, notify friends and family too. If you have cable or sattelite TV, need to cancel that and pay the final bill...also internet service. Get a small notebook...put all issues in it and mark them off as they are done.


jassymink 20.11.2007. 18:54

Can you give tips for a first time home buyer? Hello,we were thinking of buying a house.We are first time home buyers and don't know much about the processes,fees and all the things associated with buying a home.
I would greatly appreciate if you all can share your tips with us.I need as many tips(A-Z) as you can give.It will really help us in decision making.
We were considering Raleigh in NC.
Thanks in advance.


Admin 20.11.2007. 18:54

Get a pre-construction home. This means its still being built. Youll have to wait to move in, but its worth it. Heres why:

You get it before it accumulates equity, so you pay a lower price for it.

It accumulates equity as you wait. Sowhen you move in, you already have a few thousand in equity.

You dont pay ANYTHING until you close. So you can pick out a house, get a contract and then save money to move in.

You can customize it. Let the contractors know what you want and theyll put it in. Paint, countertops, window treatments, lighting, everything. This adds more equity and the costs are rolled into the mortgage.

A contract doesnt mean you have to buy the house. Think of it as layaway, but you can back out anytime before closing without losing a dime.

Other notes on buying a house:

Figure out what you can afford. Heres an online calculator:

"buy" at a lower interest rate. Talk to your lender and to buy mortgage points. It costs money (depends on the points bought) but it saves so much more.

Get what you want... period.
Dont settle. If you dont want it because of the area, quality, size, etc, no one else will either. This is essential if the home will be sold later, but it is also important if you stay. BUY A HOME, NOT A HOUSE. Buy something comfy, relaxing, etc. Remember, most areas have strict remodeling rules. So dont say, "we'll just remodel". Research first - stake out the area, look up city regulations.

Paying it off early without spending more:
See my previous answer on:;_ylt=ApVriSYAy.CGCmuX4OOJj4Pty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20071112070735AAieA5j&show=7#profile-info-cyyFu65raa

Make a down payment. Even if its not necessary, do it. Every cent towards the down payment will remove interest. 5,000 on a 30 year fixed mortgage (5%) is closer to 10,000 by the time its payed off.

Shop for your loan. Start with your current bank. They have a history with you and will give you a good deal. Then shop for better offers.

Avoid large purchases prior to buying. This increases your debt-income ratio. Also, keep your money where it is. Dont change banks etc. This makes it easier to verify income.

Now is a great time to buy. Why? Because the sellers market s*cks. Which means they are pulling out all the stops to get you to buy their house versus someone elses. So relax, youre in the drivers seat. Just remember to play nice.

Heres some links:


fdnasal 05.09.2007. 18:43

What to do about home offer not responded to? Here is my problem:

I put an offer in on a home last week Wednesday (August.29,2007), Finally on Friday, August.31,2007 the listing agent faxed a letter to my agaent stating that the home had another offer submitted that day. The letter did not state that the other persons offer was higher or lower than mine. All it stated was that I should at my discretion resubmit my highest possible offer, which I then bumped up my offer by $8,500 more. (Now my current offer is 5% less than the listing price).

I decided to do a little investication. I pretended to be someone else and called the listing agents office, and asked "Are there any pending offers and is the home still available?", they told me that there was no pending offers and the hoem was still available.

Am I being tricked into offering more money so that the listing agent can get more commission?

(My agent is my fathers friend, very trusting)

Should I heard a response form the bank yet?


Admin 05.09.2007. 18:43

First, before you do anything else, WITHDRAW all offers on this house. Do that before you tunnel down to the underlying facts. Something is fishy here (as you suspect) and the first thing you need to do is start with a clean slate. An offer stays open until you withdraw it, unless you have put in a time limit, so you need to formally withdraw all pending offers.

Then, if you are still interested in the house, find out what is going on. Did you actually see the fax that your agent got? Or is there a chance he was mistaken about which property was involved? Or, is there something shady being pulled by the listing agent? I can't know yet, but you need to find out who really said what. It could be, of course, that there was another offer, and the listing agent's statement about no offers was an error. Or there could have been an offer that was later withdrawn, or that fell through because of problems with the mortgage or the inspection. (Bank owned houses often have inspection problems.)

Finally, when you really understand what is going on, consider reinstating an offer, probably at your original price. Give them 24 or at most 48 hours to accept it. Then, if you don't hear back, move on. You don't need to buy trouble.

Good luck!!


KittyOwner 24.07.2007. 13:36

Can someone (who has purchased Bush office furniture) tell me what you think of the quality and value? I am looking for an inexpensive computer desk (and hutch) for my home office. I want something attractive, of course, but I don't want it to fall apart or give me the frustrations that I have with my current desk- such as jamming drawers. Bush seems to have fairly attractive designs (from what I see online), but I was wondering about the quality. If you have any recommendations for an attractive, inexpensive desk/hutch with decent quality- let me know! :)


Admin 24.07.2007. 13:36

I have a Bush desk that I have had for about 6 years. It's good quality as far as the 'workmanship'. That is to say the drawer and door on it has stayed 'true' and both open and close with ease.
What I am not overly thrilled with is the finish of the piece. Mine is a cherry stain in color. I have a few scuffs on the surface of the desk that I haven't some up with a way to repair. I don't use the desk roughly - just your standard papers, computer keyboard, glass or cup (drink) on a coaster sort of items on the desk-top. So be prepared to wipe up any rings very soon if you set a glass/cup down and get a wet ring on the desk top and that sort of thing. I wish they would have put an extra coat of urethane or whatever on the desk top to increase it's durability.
We have moved the desk a couple of times (big m oves - in moving vans) and it still is in good shape as far as the 'structure'. Again, my only 'issue' is being very mindful of the desktop surface.
Good luck.


Aaron 01.02.2011. 02:34

What Type Of Mail Can The Post Office Not Forward? I recently changed my address from a home address to a PO BOX. I have put in a request for the Post Office to forward all my mail from my old address to the PO BOX. I read somewhere that the Post Office can not forward information from Banks, Is this true?

Looking for someone with real knowledge on this.

Thanks alot!


Admin 01.02.2011. 02:34

I have real knowledge, been carrying mail for 32 years.

With a few exceptions, all 1st class mail, Priority Mail, Certified Mail, Registered Mail and Express Mail is forwarded. However, all but the 1st class and Certified are rarely forwarded. These are usually something you ordered, and you're going to give them your current address.

These types of mail are forwarded at no cost to you for one year. After that, the pieces are returned to the sender along with your new address, so they can correct their records. After 18 months, it all goes back as 'Undeliverable'.

The exceptions: Any piece of mail that bears a sender endorsement instructing us of how they want that piece handled. Any piece that says 'Address Service Requested' will be sent to you, the sender will receive your new address info for a fee. If it says 'Return Service Requested', you will not get it. It goes back to the sender along with your new address. The sender is not charged for this, but must pay new postage to send out another piece to your new address. Banks do often use this service, but there is no rule that says bank information cannot be forwarded.

It's been years since I've seen anything marked 'Do Not Forward'. It's not used anymore.

Periodicals (what used to be called 2nd Class, or magazines and newspapers) are forwarded, at no cost to you, for 60 days. Carriers no longer do the actual forwarding of mail. We return to the office every afternoon with mail that can't be delivered for some reason, and any mail that is to be forwarded is separated out and put in trays. It goes off at the end of the day to the Central Forwarding Section, where all of this mail is processed. By the end of the 60 days, CFS is supposed to have notified the publisher of the move so that these pubs get sent to the right place (something you should be doing anyway).

Parcel Post packages are a different animal. Everyone knows it's the cheapest way to ship a package, except when it isn't. When it isn't is when one has to be forwarded outside of the local delivery area. This is not free. It will be forwarded to the new address, Postage Due, for the full cost of the original postage. If it costs $15 to send a very heavy large item that would've cost $30 Priority, you have to pay the $15 when it comes to your new address, or you can refuse it, and the sender has to pay the $15 if they want it back. The same applies to Media Mail (formerly Book Rate). This won't apply if you stayed in the same town.

Certain bulk-rate advertising mail may be forwarded if the sender requests it and pays for the service. Otherwise it is discarded, or returned to the sender upon request and payment of the fee.

The best way to have everything go smoothly is to notify everyone that sends you mail, ASAP, of your new address. It's hard to remember all of them. I tell everyone that's moving away, or moving onto my route, that every piece they get with the forwarding sticker on it is someone they need to contact. Every piece that goes back into the system costs us extra processing work that we get no extra money for (except the small number of fee endorsements), and every piece that has to be handled a second time is a piece that something can happen to. It most often doesn't, but it makes life easier for everyone, us and you, if you see that your mail is sent to the right place the first time.


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