How having a clean home will make you a better real estate agent

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Success in your career starts well before you get to the office in the morning. Productivity begins at home, with your morning routine, even including your eating habits – it’s deeply impacted by your living space as a whole.

You may think you don’t have the power to make your work life more enjoyable. But it’s not just your salary or the vacation days that make you an accomplished professional. The cleanliness of your home has a major influence on your success. Here’s why:

A Practical Matter

As a real estate agent, the hours you work in the office, at your home – and even in your car – don’t really count anymore. Your clients have different schedules than you, putting you in the position that you can get called in at any moment. You’re flexible, but responding to requests at every hour of the day forces you to work from home as well. Because of this, your home must be clean and tidy.

You can waste precious time searching for urgent files, making your customers feel you’re not as professional as they had hoped. Time is money, and in this career, it’s particularly true. The National Association of Professional Organizations has published a study showing that an average employee can spend up to 4 hours looking for paperwork every week.

This part of why many companies have introduced a clean-desk policy. This type of regulation requires employees to get their desk in order and store their files every night before leaving work. It is a great way to avoid losing important information. On some level you’re like your own manager, so you’re doing yourself a favour by keeping a tidy space at all times.

First Impression

Your career as a real estate agent is built on first impressions – the impression your customers get of you, and their perceptions of the properties they visit. A study done by the BMO bank indicates 80% of buyers know if they will bid on a home as soon as they set foot inside. As a result, you’re trying to convince your clients how important it is to keep their homes clean, so they can have a better chance of selling.

It’s your responsibility to do the same on your end. You’ll feel more confident each morning leaving a tidy house. There’s a lot of competition in the real estate game, and the impression you put out is a huge factor in your success.

Ideally, you can leave your personal life at home during office hours, but that’s not really how life works. You have to make an effort to get your personal life to positively influence your career. A study published by the Pew Research Center shows that happy couples divide the housework. The simple act of taking the cleanliness of your house into your won hands, can thus considerably improve your relationship. Certain situations, like time limitations or being physically unable to do the work, may prevent you from participating in household chores. So don’t hesitate to ask for help from professionals. It’s money well invested, that will positively affect your career.

Stress and Anxiety

A messy house is a big source of stress for most people. Your space is a reflection of yourself. We can all feel this dynamic. That’s why every time you look at a pile of laundry, a stack of unorganized bills, or a dirty mirror, your level of anxiety rises. Keeping a clean house can help you reduce stress and ease that sense of constant anxiety. The researchers concluded, “The way people describe their homes may reflect their home as restorative or stressful”.

Tidying up is also a great way to manage your stress. When you feel the stress rising and all your projects seem too complicated, tidying up will help you feel in control. For example, you may decide to organize a particular cabinet. During this time, you’ll complete a task from beginning to end, giving you a sense of instant gratification. Taking control of the state of your home is a good way to put your stress in perspective, and not let many small to-dos become one big headache.

The ability to compartmentalize and take control will make you better able to solve many problems at the same time, and really help you at work. You have the power to make yourself an excellent agent. This power starts directly at the source, your home. Good luck!

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