The Best Life Hacks for Realtors: Part 2
The life of a real estate agent can sometimes be hectic. It’s all about the little victories and making life a bit easier. We are breaking down more of the best life hacks for Realtors. For more life hacks check out part one of our life hacks for Realtors series.
1. Open Every Tricky Lock
Locks and lock boxes are the worst. The good news is there are two tricks for opening locks depending on the occasion. The first is pretty simple; if a lock is frozen, simply use any hand-sanitizer by applying it to the lock. It will instantly thaw. For locks that are jammed, using a silicone thread lubricant on the lock and key will open the lock right away.
2. Open House Hack: Fight Fridge Stink with Oats
Any foul smells in the house will reduce its desirability. Plain oats can help with odors from the fridge. Just pick up any container of oats and leave the unopened jar inside the fridge. This life hack is a must for open houses.
3. Stay on Top of Your Game: Fitness Work App
Realtors need to stay healthy, keep their peace of mind, and be able to cope with stress. Fitness is a key piece of staying at the top of the ladder. Plus, who has time for the gym? An app that focuses on fitness on the go is a perfect tool to help Realtors stay sharp. Check out Underarmor’s My Fitness Pal, Plant Nanny (for hydration), Johnson & Johnson’s 7-minute Workout, or Zombies, Run! All are great choices for fitting a healthy routine into a fast-paced lifestyle.
4. Staging Technique: Whiteout the Bathroom
Bathrooms are an important part of any house; nothing turns off buyers quicker than a nasty restroom. Clean white towels will make the bathroom look a lot cleaner and enticing to buyers. This tactic has been used by hotels for years. Human beings naturally associate the color white with purity and cleanliness.
5. Open House Hack: Banish Wood Scratches Instantly
If you have an almond or crayons on hand, you can get rid of knicks and cuts in any wood surface. If you use an almond, simply cut it in half and rub the inside (meat) of the almond into the scratch. This will rehydrate the wood with the oil of the almond and hide nicks and dings.
For crayons, it is helpful to keep a couple of browns, whites, and blacks on hand. Simply match the surface to the crayon color and fill it in. The wax comes off easily with warm water and a paper towel.
6. Open House Hack: Flip Every Switch
Proper lighting in a room creates a positive ambiance and mood. All the lights should be switched on and drapes opened to create a clear visual experience. Light also helps create the illusion of space, which will help lure buyers.
7. Get Better Leads by using a CRM with integrated IDX
CRMs are everywhere these days. But, for agents, a super easy hack is to choose a CRM with an integrated IDX. Not only will this type of CRM import and manage all of your leads from Zillow, Realtor.com, Facebook, etc. but will also give you a better quality of leads with an IDX. How so?
IDX leads are imported with detailed home search histories. Agents can see right off the bat if the lead is looking for a 2 bd/1 ba in the city or a 4 bd/2 ba in a particular suburb. Starting the conversation by showing knowledge about the type of home they are looking for and offering the listings that are tailored to the lead’s search history, makes the relationship move from lead to client in a snap.
9. Open House Hack: Use Mirrors and Psychology
You already know you need to get sellers to take their personal photos down. But did you know subbing art and photos out for mirrors may put the odds in your favor? Mirrors work better than art because they reflect light, create the illusion of bigger spaces, and subtly help buyers imagine themselves in a new home…by literally showing them.
10. Nap Like a Boss
What did Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, and JFK all have in common? They took naps regularly to work and live more effectively. Giving the brain a time of rest between 1-2 hrs a day can help create a more successful workday. The trick is taking the nap somewhere midway through the day. If you wait until the very end of the workday, it won’t be very effective.
11. Open House Hack: Roll Up the Rugs
Get rid of the rugs; they create an impression of dirt. Rooms seem cleaner and appear more spacious without them. The only exception to this rule is only when the floor is damaged, stained, or peeling. In this case, a light colored rug is your best bet.
12. Volunteer in Community Projects and Charities
These events provide a great networking platform to meet new clients. They also position you a neighborhood expert and as an invested part of the community. Community projects and charities present opportunities to partner with other organizations and businesses. If the area that you farm does not have any projects or charities, it is easy to start one.
13. Open House Hack: Decorative Pillows
Most people spend a third of their life asleep. Bedrooms are one of the primary places of interest for homebuyers. Decorative pillows and covers create the illusion of larger living space and give off relaxing vibes. It is the easiest way to liven up some of the most important rooms in a home.
14. Offer Seminars and Workshops
Seminars and workshops can be used to increase your network. Invite people to come and hear about the real estate industry. Even open question and answer sessions about the market can be helpful for buyers, sellers, and other professionals. These types of opportunities position you as an industry expert, introduce you to new leads, expand your network, and allow you to connect to the community. Consider broadcasting these types of events on Facebook Live if you don’t have access to a large enough space.
Keep on hacking through life, friends. Do you have a secret trick of the trade that makes your life run more smoothly? Tell us in the comments below and don’t forget to check out our other life hacks for Realtors.