Creating a space conducive for study
Anyone with children of a school-going age will know that November is filled with exam stress and deadline pressures.
Creating a quiet, distraction-free space in the home will not only help them through this stressful season, but can also add value to a home.
“Homes with a study space are in high demand following the pandemic.
“Whether the space is used for those who work remotely or for their children as a dedicated homework station and study space, having a secluded room in the home can be a good value addition to any home,” said regional director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett.
Here are some tips on how to create an area conducive for studying:
Dedicate a room to studying
Research shows that one’s bedroom should be a place for sleeping and nothing more, to promote good sleeping habits.
A lack of sleep leads to lowered concentration and a reduced ability to retain information.
A child’s ability to study can improve simply by giving them their own study space in the home.
If budget allows, add a room or renovate an existing space to create a dedicated study area at home.
If you are in the market to buy, look for homes with a study.
Fix lighting and ventilation
Good air quality and ventilation, as well as lighting can contribute to a better study environment.
Poorly-lit rooms can cause strain on the eyes when reading, which could cause one to grow tired quicker while studying.
Trim back big trees or bushes that might be blocking natural light and upgrade lights if necessary.
The brain uses about three times as much oxygen as do muscles in the body, which is why rooms without good ventilation can reduce a child’s learning capacity.
Replace small windows or faulty windows that can no longer open.
Think about any distractions the room may have and try to minimise these.
If the room is too close to the noisiest rooms in the home, then it might be worth soundproofing the room or upgrading the room’s insulation by adding rugs and other sound dampening décor.
When it comes to renovating or upgrading, Goslett said estate agents could offer expert advice.
“As experts in their local markets, real estate professionals are best equipped to provide expert advice on what renovations will add the most value and what buyers are willing to pay for a home with these features.
“An estate agent can also provide guidance as to what other homes with these features are selling for in the areas you are interested in.
“Chatting to an agent should always be your first step, whether you are renovating or searching for a new home,” he said.
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Homes with a study space are in high demand following the pandemic. Whether the space is used for those who work remotely or for their children as a dedicated homework station