Vacant listings can be a challenge since they need to be maintained. If the owner is local, the lawn is probably being taken care of. But what about the rest of the home? Who makes sure that the carpet is clean, no trash has been left behind? Unfortunately, some agents allow their clients to bring in food and drinks and those containers don't always leave again.
If it has been raining, do you make sure that the tile floors don't have mud left behind?That they are dry, so nobody slips? I usually leave a piece of sample carpeting by the front door for just that purpose. Shoes can be cleaned there upon entering! Do you check the facilities to be sure that IF they were used, they are still in pristine condition? Is there still toilet paper, liquid soap and a CLEAN hand-towel in each bathroom?
Bugs can also be a problem. We don't have roaches here in Florida, we call them Palmetto bugs! Nothing is worse than finding one or two dead on the floor when you go to view a home. Who cleans them out? Do you have one of those plug-in bug deterrents that drives bugs OUT of the home?
There are so many little things that need to be checked AT LEAST weekly! That is why it is important to either put it on your to-do list OR have a handyman that takes care of it for you. I do both! While the handyman does the actual maintenance, we both check the place weekly to make sure it is in pristine shape!
A handyman can also cut the lawn, edge around plantings and add mulch as necessary. Having a reliable person take care of these little things can make your life as a Realtor run much smoother! I know I am busy enough doing listing presentations, showing homes and doing other business related things. If you don't have a reliable handyman working with you and you take listings, you certainly need to work on finding someone soon! Your life will run smoother and your listing will sell quicker, since it is being kept in perfect shape for prospective buyers!