Look the part

By
Home Inspector with CROOKERHANCOX HOME INSPECTIONS INC. 04061414

Good day to all, when in buisness we must remember to Always dress and look your best, and to realize your environment is a mirror of your expectations. We or at least I have seen proffesional NOT looking the part, our clients are hiring us to do a service for them and I for one think we ALL should look the part. When realtors and or Inspectors show up in cut off blue jeans a t-shirt and ball cap it just, well you see my point (I hope).

Comments (14)

Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

You are so right. Only when we are walking land with a client do we dress down . But the impression is so important. You are staging yourself

Sep 23, 2008 11:32 PM
Cherimie Crane
Cherimie Crane & Associates - Beaufort, SC

Chuck you are absolutey right. What a simple thing to do to show professionalism, it is sad that so few adhere!

Sep 23, 2008 11:39 PM
Nick Hodak
Pillar To Post - New Bern, NC

I couldn't agree more.  Here in Eastern North Carolina it gets pretty hot and humid during the summer.  In summer months it's khaki shorts (not cut-offs)  and a polo style shirt with my logo embroidered.  When it's cooler out its the same polo shirt sometimes with a long sleeve shirt under neath and long khaki pants.  Boots are always worn, because tennis shoes looks to relaxed in my opinion.

I always make sure that my truck is clean and the few times it has been damaged I have made arrangements for repairs as soon as possible.

I always do my very best to show up on time.  Most of my business comes from an area with a large Marine Corps base which is at least an hour away.  Due to traffic, tractors, log trucks, etc. sometimes I am a few mintues late.  But I call the agents and clients when I run late to let them know ahead of time.

I think this is common sense for most business people out there. But some of my competition doesn't know these things, which has resulted in me getting more of the business that is out there.

Nick Hodak

Sep 23, 2008 11:46 PM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

I think we should always look professional when conducting business --- some don't of course and I think it affects their business.

Sep 23, 2008 11:51 PM
Anonymous
Erica Muller

I've seen Realtors show up in cut off shorts and spagetti strap shirts to show homes.  How unprofessional, even if you live in Florida.

Sep 23, 2008 11:56 PM
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Suzanne Champion
N.J. Realty - Westerville Ohio - Columbus, OH

Fortunately all the inspectors I work with dress appropriately.  Do people still wear cutoffs?  Heh...haven't seen that in a while, I now realize.

Sep 23, 2008 11:57 PM
Charles (Chuck) Crooker
CROOKERHANCOX HOME INSPECTIONS INC. - Brantford, ON

Yes we must remember that whom we work with reflects back on us.

Sep 24, 2008 12:09 AM
Steve Homer
The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate) - Round Rock, TX

Chuck:  Personally I think suits and ties are gentleman's business attire, but having lived and worked in Austin for the past 8 years, that sort of attire is seen as over the top here and you can't get away with it if you are working with a client under 40!  So jeans and or cargo pants and a nice sports shirt is the uniform of the day here.  Nice shorts (not cut-offs) are expected in the summer from Memorial to Labor days).  The point is that you can still look professional in business casual, even if that is NOT the uniform of the day as it is here.

Sep 24, 2008 12:16 AM
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Charles, Very fine post. I do agree with all the above comments. Keep posting best.

Best - Sash

Sep 24, 2008 12:31 AM
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Whoa, do people still wear cut offs? Who are they, Daisy Duke? Well, actually I do have a pair of cutoff overalls (a double whammy) that go to my knees.  I have used them for painting, but never in public! :)  I typically wear business casual to meet with clients.  After I've gotten to know them, I will wear good jeans with a nice shirt.  I usually take a cue from what they are wearing and go with similar dressiness. I would never wear a spaghetti strap top with clients.  I only wear heels to closings. They are too uncomfortable and potentially dangerous to wear showing property.

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Sep 24, 2008 01:16 AM
Stephen A. Cunningham
LandQwest Commercial - Fort Myers, FL
MAI, CCIM

Couldn't agree more, in Florida sometimes agents forget that we are NOT at the Beach.

It speaks volumes when people don't put effort into making themselves appear to be ready to go to work. 

SAC

Sep 24, 2008 01:21 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Charles, I couldn't agree with you more. The way we dress reflects who we are in terms of attitude, professionalism and success. Thanks.

Sep 24, 2008 01:36 AM
Jim Walker
Your Choice Realty Corp. Brokerage - Burlington, ON

I think business casual is fine for showings, however, when it gets down to listing presentations and offer presentations, I think a suit is the way to go.  It exudes professionalism and sets the tone for a successful presentation.  All this being said, up here in the Great White North, sometimes a parka is dress of the day. :-)

Best regards to all,

Jim

 

Oct 01, 2008 11:52 PM
Charles (Chuck) Crooker
CROOKERHANCOX HOME INSPECTIONS INC. - Brantford, ON

Hi Jim, I was in Fenwick yesterday and we recevied a bit of hail, the leaves are turning and falling so we all better get out and dust off the parka's, the snow and cold is coming. But the parka comes off once inside and then the clients see the professionalism with the way we all look.  

Oct 02, 2008 01:14 AM