We all know it’s easier to sell a clean home. The cleanliness of a place is synonymous with an owner who’s diligent about the general maintenance of home. Visitors will tend to think that a tidy person spends more time caring for their home. And it stands to reason – mess and dirt in a house can lead to mildew and poor air quality. Then the new owner will have a tough time eliminating these two problems.
Also, cleanliness can encourage the future buyer to make an offer, because they’ll have an easier job after the purchase. The hours spent cleaning it themselves, or the cost of cleaners will be lower when a person is working with a house that’s already in good condition. Obviously, no one wants to spend days cleaning up strangers’ dirt.
The condition of a home indeed influences its purchase, and you should be reminding the seller about this nearly every day. But what about the cleanliness of your personal space as a real estate agent? The maintenance of your home directly influences your productivity and your success at work. Here’s why.
The First Impression
You only have one chance to make a first impression. There’s a reason it’s a cliché. Real estate is a fiercely competitive field, and people who choose to do business with an agent do so looking for the peace of mind of a turnkey service. So you have to give them something great for their money, right from the start. Buying or selling a home is an important and stressful step in the lives of your customers. It’s crucial that you convey to them that they’re in good hands.
Of course, how you introduce yourself to your clients, and the way you dress are two key aspects of making a great first impression. Human nature being what it is, your demeanour and confidence are just as important as the rest.
Simply starting from a clean house in the morning will reduce the weight on your shoulders, and you will naturally become a better business person. An environment that makes you happy will make you a positive and relaxed person, that people will want to do business with.
Your personality is your brand. That’s why putting out positive energy to your clients and prospective clients will help you move in the right direction.
Work From Home
Chances as a real estate agent, you likely work from home. Your workdays vary in length and your clients’ questions come at all hours. So having a dedicated workspace at home is key to your professional success. This place must be clean, tidy and organized at all times. Alan Kohll, a corporate wellness specialist, tells Forbes : ” A quality workspace design leads to a less stressful and more productive atmosphere. “
Doing things in a congested space can cause you to forget things, and muddle your thinking in general. In contrast, an organized office with each file in its place makes you a more methodical person. Finding each file when the time is right and being able to answer questions quickly are two of the secrets of agents who are more productive than their competitors. This improved productivity will certainly benefit your daily life.
The same rules apply to your digital life. Take the time to delete unnecessary folders from your computer, and never let documents or contacts you no longer need pile up. Having a home and a clean digital presence means being serious about your job, and it will open many doors for you.
A Matter of Health
The cleanliness of your home is a primary influence on good physical health. You spend the majority of your time at home, so the air in your environment should always be clean. Otherwise, your risk of illness is much higher, which will affect your performance and your presence at work.
Think about your family too. Vacuum regularly, dust, and clean the air ducts when necessary. These habits will give your children the best chance of avoiding developing respiratory diseases. Research shows that indoor air pollution can worsen asthma in children. Some simple daily cleaning can have a major impact on the quality of life of you and your family. A healthy family is just as important as a thriving career. Being at the top of your health allows you to be at 100% mental and physical capacity, better allowing you to achieve your goals.
The cleanliness of your home also impacts your mental health. You will be less anxious about the household chores to be done, you’ll rest better. Quality sleep helps you to be focused at work. Lowering your anxiety will make you a better real estate agent, and add to your wow factor.
So it’s time time to think about the impact of your personal life on your professional life. A great real estate agent is an inspiring and confident professional. A clean and tidy living space will help you achieve your ideal self-confidence, making people want to work with you. You will be more put-together, communicative, open and present. Your can help people find their dream home by giving them professional advice about the cleanliness of the home they’re selling, and the benefits that go with it. Be true to your personal brand to reap the greatest possible success in your career.