Protecting Parts of Your Home Office That are Damage Prone

Sadly enough, insurance doesn’t cover wear and tear, though it covers damage caused to your office and its contents if, for instance, a fire was to break out, a natural disaster like a flood was to strike, or your office was broken into and equipment stolen.

Insurance is consequently something you simply can’t go without, but you’ll need to invest in more than insurance if you’re to successfully protect your home office and its contents from damage.

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What Parts of Your Home Office Are Damage Prone?

Office furniture is probably more damage prone than anything else, followed by office equipment, for instance fax machines and photocopiers – two items of office equipment that are fast being made redundant due to advances in technology – and then fixtures and fittings, which are affected more by wear and tear over time than anything else.

Protecting Your Investment in Office Equipment and Furniture

If you live and work in an area affected by natural disasters you’ll need to take the relevant safety measures to protect your investment in office equipment and furniture, though still consider the following points as they’ll help you to enjoy better returns from the investments you’ve made in your home office.

1. Check and maintain office furniture regularly

You could check your office furniture at the same time as you check the other items of furniture in your home, though there’s no need to do this on a weekly, or even a monthly basis, just a couple of times a year should suffice; however, you should obviously perform maintenance and repairs on an item of furniture as soon as you notice that there’s a problem.

Unless you move your furniture around frequently, your desk shouldn’t suffer damage easily if it’s of a good quality, though your chairs will need to be checked for stability and other issues; additionally, they’ll probably need maintenance performed more frequently than other items of furniture.

Removing clutter from bookshelves will help you to get many more years of service out of them, and although clutter is usually just paper, the combined weight often takes its toll on bookshelves, and even filing cabinets, plus decluttering your office makes your work life more organised.

2. Clean office furniture on a regular basis

Cleaning your office furniture regularly will help it to hold its aesthetically appealing qualities for longer and will also help to prevent the spread of germs and make your home office a safer, more hygienic place for you to work.

3. Invest in surge protection for office equipment

Surge protectors aren’t, as the prevailing belief would indicate, used to protect electrical equipment from electrical surges caused by lightning strikes, as they’re actually intended to provide protection against small electrical disturbances.

As a general rule, the more advanced the electrical circuitry in an item of office equipment is, the more sensitive and damage prone it is. Items of office equipment, particularly computers, can detect electrical disturbances within the power supply and misinterpret them as legitimate communication signals, with the most damaging of these electrical disturbances being the spike, which is a short, sudden burst of voltage that’s much higher than normal.

Electrical disturbances like spikes are usually caused by sudden surges in voltage due to activities at home, for instance turning the air conditioner on or off, or by voltage fluctuations in the power supply.

Surge protectors are remarkably affordable these days and a single power rack with 4-6 outlets could probably cover every item of equipment in your home office, so it’s a rather negligible expense, one that every home-based professional can justify.

4. Secure your home office

Security is an issue that no one can afford to overlook these days, especially home-based professionals with expensive office equipment. Professionals used to working in Regus IE business centres with 24/7 security often take office security for granted, though they can’t afford to take any chances with their home office and should take the relevant measures, like having deadbolts installed on their office door, to make it more secure.

Office equipment and furniture often represents a significant investment, even in a small home office, so protecting them from damage and theft is in every home-based professional’s best interests.

Author: Regina Trent is writing for a company whose products and services allow their customers to concentrate on their core business. Regus IE caters to clients in Dublin and Cork, among other areas.

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