Many appraisers work out of our homes, not interacting with office staff or other appraisers. Even when we’re out, we’re still doing work-related tasks like shooting pictures and doing inspections. It is often a one-man show, and can be very lonely. There are, however, ways to make the real estate appraisal business a little less lonely.
I recently got talked into getting a new puppy, and though they’re a lot of work, they’re also a lot of fun. When you’re alone all the time as an appraiser, it can be hard to stay positive and on-task. When you’re lonely, you can start to feel your motivation go down. I work a lot and don’t spend a large amount of time with my new Goldendoodle puppy Copper, but what time I do spend with him is so fulfilling.
Keep in mind, this is not a replacement for relationships or friendships with actual humans. In fact, I was against getting a dog at first. But I must admit, his presence has been a blessing. I spend time playing, going on walks, and going on little drives with him. Having companionship makes the job so much different, and helps make it less lonely for someone who predominantly works alone.
Getting a new dog, especially a puppy, is definitely a commitment. It’s a lot of responsibility, and can sometimes be frustrating. Even so, I highly recommend getting a dog or even another kind of pet if you find yourself working alone and not getting much companionship. It might help make you feel better.
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