Even when you’ve done all your real estate homework, you still could be caught unprepared when you’re out in the field. With a little advance planning and organization, you can have many of the items on hand that you and your clients are likely to need when you’re out and about. Here are some things to consider stocking in your vehicle that just might save the day sometime:
- Weather protection – Jackets or extra umbrellas for rain, layers for cool weather, hats for windy days, boots for muddy sites, and sunscreen can help you handle climate changes and challenges without missing a beat. If you live in a cold climate, be sure to include a window shield scraper and small shovel in snow season.
- Chargers – You’ll always want to be able to access your electronics while you’re away from your office or home, so make sure to stow extra chargers for all your devices.
- Literature – Although we may live in a digital age, having hard copies of listing descriptions, contracts, partner agreements, and other printed materials can help clients keep track of information during showings and reference later.
- Pen and paper – Have writing utensils on hand in case you or your clients need to jot notes or leave messages.
- Business cards – Keep a stack of these on hand to leave behind at showings, to distribute to people you meet, or to leave behind after meetings.
- First aid kit – It’s a good idea to carry some basic health supplies such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes, gauze, disposable gloves, tweezers, face masks, hand sanitizer and over-the-counter pain relievers, antihistamines, and stomach medicine.
- Snacks and drinks – When you can’t take time for lunch or you or your clients need an energy boost between meals, you’ll be glad to have packed some non-perishable snacks, such as protein bars, peanut butter crackers, jerky, dried fruit, or nuts. A small cooler with water bottles in warm weather or a thermos with hot drinks in cold weather can help keep you hydrated and comfortable.
- Contacts – Make sure to keep your electronic list of contacts updated so you can reach the right people quickly when you need answers or information.
- Measuring tape — A 25’ measuring tape or laser distance measure can come in handy when estimating room sizes or furniture placement.
- Flashlight— Having a quality flashlight is essential when you’re out after dark or when touring homes that don’t have electricity. A flashlight can also help you and clients inspect crawl spaces, basements, attics, chimneys, and dark corners. Choose a rechargeable flashlight or carry extra batteries.
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