Pandemic Effect: Increased Importance of Home Office & Theater
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the citizens of our nation have been spending more time in their homes under government lock down orders. Working from home, once considered an employment perk, has now become the norm for many workers. Instead of engaging in activities in public places, like going to the neighborhood movie theater, we are all spending more time watching movies and sporting events from the sofa in our living rooms. Thus, the increased importance of having a home office and a home theater.
The Home Office
As a result of the pandemic, companies have sent their employees home to work virtually. Even before the pandemic, many workers were able to work from remote locations, like the local Starbucks. The pandemic changed all of that due to the health concerns involved in spending time in public spaces. What has been surprising to these companies is that employees could remain focused and be even more productive working from home, outside of an office environment. The fact is, even after the current pandemic fades into history, it is likely that working from home will be here to stay, at least for a part of one’s workweek.
Attempting to work from a computer on the dining room table, with everyday family life going on around you; children playing, the dog barking, the TV blaring, is not acceptable. Video conferences and meetings require a private office space. A dedicated home office is now a very desirable feature that homeowners and homebuyers want in their current or next home. These dedicated home offices need to be outfitted with the necessary office equipment (computers, printers, USB outlets, etc.) and office furniture (desks, comfortable office chairs, and various storage options).
The Home Theater
Since we are all staying away from the theaters and sports stadiums, movie ticket and sporting event sales have dropped by over a billion actual sales compared to last year. Did all of us give up watching movies and sporting events? Not hardly! Those billion ticket sales have turned into over a billion subscribers to various streaming services. People don’t want to completely give up the experience of the big screen or live events, so they are creating home theaters in which to enjoy these entertainment and video gaming options.
The classic components of a quality home theater include video sources (Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.), an audio/video receiver, a sound system, and a large display device like a flat panel or 4K UHD television or projector screen, and comfortable seating.
The Bottom Line
As the pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, having a dedicated home office or theater room is a way to get work done and still enjoy quality entertainment options. However, there is no guarantee that having a home office or a home theater will increase the value and appeal of your home. Some people will view these features as a waste of space, while others will seek out them out as something they can no longer do without.