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When arranging a home office, it’s important to consider one’s needs and everyday tasks they perform. Choosing used office furniture for the home generally offers many options, from desks to chairs to filing cabinets. One of the major advantages to selecting pre-owned pieces is no assembly is required in most cases, and the furniture is ready to be set-up as soon as it arrives in the home. That leaves the major challenge of determining which pieces are needed for a productive and comfortable place to work. To take the guesswork out, here are three staples every home office should have:
1. A Computer Desk or Workstation
Depending upon the size of the room, one might choose a small to mid-sized computer desk, with or without an attached storage hutch, or a full-sized computer workstation that offers ample room to write, print, and organize paperwork and supplies. An “L” shaped desk provides plenty of room for holding a printer and fax machine, as well as paperwork. The “L” shaped desk also includes extra space to accommodate two people, when collaborating or brainstorming.
When choosing your pre-owned computer desk, consider one that is ergonomically designed. It should have plenty of legroom, with adequate clearance from the floor. To avoid muscle strain on the wrists, the keyboard and mouse platform should be at a height that feels comfortable. Some computer desks also include built-in wrist pads to eliminate strain.
For a small work area such as an attic or dorm room, a mobile computer cart might do the trick. This is basically a cart to hold the computer, monitor, mouse, or a laptop. It’s a convenient solution because it is compact and includes wheels for easy relocation as needed. Because it is basic in design, an additional cart for holding a printer may be needed. You can often find computer mobility carts at many used office furniture stores.
2. A Comfortable Chair
Again, ergonomics should play a key role when making the final choice. To reduce pressure on the back, look for a chair with built-in lumbar support. Reclining chairs may help reduce stress on the lower back as well, so look for one that adjusts at comfortable angles. The height of the chair should allow the feet to rest flat on the floor and be fully adjustable. Also, consider a chair with wheels, in order to move around without having to extend the arms to reach for faraway items.
3. A Filing Cabinet or Credenza
Not to be overlooked, every home office should have some sort of filing storage for keeping important papers and documents secured and accessible. A vertical filing cabinet with three to five drawers is commonly seen in many home offices. A credenza may offer storage shelves, as well as a few drawers. Rather than ordinary metal, look for decorative wood cabinets at used office furniture stores. Walnut, oak, or mahogany may complement the existing decor nicely. Also, it’s a good idea to choose a wheeled cabinet for mobility.… Read More
There are a number of general things to do in preparation for “flying north.” Make sure to update your emergency contact information with your Home Owners or Community Association including giving them the name of your emergency key holder and who has a key. If available, sign up for any Vacation Watch programs your community offers. Some police departments have vacation check programs. Notify them, and generally they will do a routine check of the house. While some will only drive by and look for suspicious activity, some will get out of their vehicles and inspect the grounds looking for any break-ins. If contact information is left with the police, they can phone the homeowners if there has been a break-in or disturbance.
Arrange for services such as landscaping, pest control and pool services if needed. Contact your internet provider and cable company to stop service or start vacation hold. Arrange for mail forwarding and newspaper stop. Ask a neighbor to pick up stray newspapers, flyers, packages etc. and make sure that neighbor has your contact information and a key. Ask the neighbor to park in your driveway occasionally to make the home looks occupied. Consider using a professional home watch company to care for your home.
If you have never done so, take photographs or videos of all your expensive items. If needed this would be helpful for both the police and the insurance agency to identify the stolen goods. Store valuables in a place that a burglar could not access. (i.e., take jewelry to a safe-deposit box, lock computers in closets, hide keys to extra cars, etc.) Be sure to remove all valuables from sight.
In the kitchen remove food from the house to discourage pests. Store staples such as sugar or flour in sealed metal, glass or thick plastic containers. The best refrigerator solution is to turn it off, empty it and prop open the doors. The next best solution is to empty out items which will spoil and add items like bottles of water, etc. to help retain the cold and help the unit use less energy. Don’t forget to turn off the ice maker and place a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors.
Regarding other appliances, put 2-3 tbsp. of vegetable oil in the dishwasher to keep the seals moist. Do not latch the door. Also put 2-3 tbsp. of vegetable oil in the garbage disposal to help keep it from locking up. Remember to unplug other appliances throughout the house.
With telephones turn off the ringers so thieves can’t hear if no one is answering the phone. Don’t leave a message on the answering machine that tells callers you’re out-of-town. Instead, say you’re away from the phone and you’ll get back to them.
To help add moisture for the furniture place several 5 gallon buckets of water around the house. Close blinds. If using timers, leave the blinds open slightly to let light shine out so the home looks occupied. … Read More