You might not care about the look of your office as it's just a place where you sit down and get some work done, but real estate pros need to be mindful that first impressions count. As such, your office needs to impress prospective clients the very first time they walk through the door. Here's a few tips courtesy of RealtorMag on how to keep your real estate office spick and span.
1. Designate a cleaner
First and foremost, designate someone who will be responsible for ensuring the office is clean, tidy and well-maintained. You should do so even if you have professional cleaners, because there may be moments when maintenance is necessary and they're not immediately available. If you wish, you can create a schedule so that everyone has to chip in to keep the lobby spotless. Professional office cleaning or commercial cleaning services may also be considered to ensure your office is thoroughly cleaned while your employees focus on their work. In addition, a commercial junk removal service may be needed for the collection of your everyday trash.
2. Clean the windows
There's nothing quite like a dirty, grubby window to ruin those sunny days! As such, RealtorMag points out that keeping those windows clean is essential, so it's important to have the right tools for the job. Some types of cleaners leave streaks behind, as does using something like a paper towel. What's needed is a small amount of dishwashing liquid and a proper sponge and squeegee to clean everything and wipe up the residue.
3. Buy a doormat
It might sound obvious, but you'd be surprised how many businesses neglect to think of it. As a result, people trample all the dirt from the outside onto your nice clean carpets, and pretty soon they won't be that nice and clean anymore! By simply adding a doormat you'll be amazed how much cleaner the floor is kept.
4. Add some fragrance
Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful. Indeed, it's linked to to the areas of your brain that process memory and emotions, RealtorMag writes. As such, it's important to choose a nice scent that corresponds with the image you want to portray. High-end offices might go for a luxurious, leather scent. Otherwise, floral and light citrus scents are also good.
5. Done and dusted
There's nothing quite like a dusty office to turn off clients. Especially in offices that get a lot of natural sunlight and quickly expose everything. Be sure not to let dust build up too much by regularly dusting all the surfaces and desks. Be sure to do this at least once a week, and you can also invest in brightly colored furnishings, which show the dust less than darker colors.
Any respectable business needs a proper office!