Joanne Conway's Blog
You thought that working from home was the ideal solution to your crazy daycare and commuting routine. You discussed it with your partner for weeks, spent hours convincing your boss, and her boss, and here you are in your pajamas two months later wondering what you've done. The house is a wreck. There are dishes in the sink. You haven't had a shower in what seems like days (it was only yesterday). The dirty laundry has piled up so high that it spills out the door of the laundry room … and the baby's crying … and the phone's ringing … and that project is due!
How could such a great idea, that works perfectly for so many others, be such a disaster for you?
Take a deep breath! Let it out slowly.
The truth is, most first-time telecommuters or from-home contractors experience complications in the first few months. Many do not realize that their commute time indeed was productive in a way because they could plan and focus in their heads so that they can start right in a soon as they reach the office (after that cup of coffee, though). At home, you tend to jump right in, directly after you've thrown in a load of laundry, the baby's fed—and you hope will play happily for the next 45 minutes—and do the dishes. The first few days go so great that you feel entirely productive. You got more work done because you didn't have that side trip to daycare on your commute to the office.
Within a few weeks or so, however, this house of cards tumbles down. Now, you not only have a chaotic household, but you're also feeling less productive than you did in the first week and you hope no one wants to Skype because you don't look or feel like the professional you once were.
Get back that commute time
Reclaim your commute time. Even though the commute is only from your kitchen to your home office, take back the 20-30 minutes you need to get your head in the game. Sit down with that extra cup of coffee and mentally run through your to-do list.
When managing a workload with at-home parenting, control the time baby is asleep or occupied by focusing entirely on work. The baby doesn't mind you folding laundry while he's awake. Do household chores when you're in mommy or daddy mode, but as soon as the baby is asleep or with someone else, focus only on work.
Your original plan was a good one. It will work, just a little differently than you'd planned.
If your home isn’t suited to a home office, ask your real estate professional to show you some options in your neighborhood.
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Believe it or not, all real estate agents are not created equal. But a home seller who goes the extra mile during his or her search for the right real estate agent should have no trouble hiring a diligent housing market professional to provide support along the home selling journey.
Ultimately, there are many reasons to employ a diligent real estate agent to assist you when you sell your house, including:
1. A diligent real estate agent will promote your house to the right groups of homebuyers.
Each home is unique, and as a home seller, it is important to showcase your house in a way that highlights its distinct attributes to the right groups of homebuyers. Because if you fail to do so, you may miss out on opportunities to stir up interest in your residence.
Fortunately, a diligent real estate agent will allocate the necessary time and resources to learn about your house's strengths and weaknesses. With this information, a diligent real estate agent will be able to promote your residence to interested homebuyers consistently.
A diligent real estate agent also will provide home interior and exterior improvement recommendations. That way, you can use these recommendations to transform your ordinary house into a stellar residence before you add it to the housing market.
2. A diligent real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market.
The real estate market is a difficult place for a home seller to navigate on his or her own. Luckily, diligent real estate agents possess the skills and know-how needed to thrive in any housing market, at any time.
A diligent real estate agent can differentiate between a buyer's market and a seller's market and help you map out your home selling journey. By doing so, a diligent real estate agent will work with you to boost your chances of a quick home sale.
Furthermore, a diligent real estate agent wants to share his or her expertise with home sellers. This means if you ever have concerns or questions about selling your house, a diligent real estate agent is happy to listen and respond accordingly.
3. A diligent real estate agent won't settle for inferior results.
Typically, a real estate agent wants to help a home seller get the best price for his or her house. On the other hand, a diligent real estate agent will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that a home seller can optimize the value of his or her residence – without exception.
A diligent real estate agent will work with a home seller at each stage of the property selling cycle. And if this housing market professional ever has concerns, he or she is ready to provide honest, unbiased feedback to a home seller as well.
When it comes to selling your home, working with a diligent real estate agent is ideal. This housing market professional will do everything possible to help you generate interest in your house as soon as it reaches the real estate market.