What's in your car when you are showing property?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach

What's in your car when you are showing property?

Well, I guess this subject depends on where you live and the climate.

If you live in a cold region...I'd have a thermus jug with some hot water and some hot chocolate!

However, here in south east Florida, the weather is hot in the summer.  I always have a cooler with Gatorade, water, soda, snacks, and some treats for the little ones.

In  my area, I am always aware that many people that desire to retire in Florida may have a variety of health issues, I guess it's my 25 years of working in the health field that makes me worry and to be prepared.

The most serious customers that one may encounter on a showing is a diabetic.  Their sugar levels may fluctuate... after many hours of looking at property.  I always have candy, a Pepsi/Coke or two - not diet (no sugar) in my cooler in my trunk. 

I also keep some pretzels, some energy bars, some peanuts/dried fruits...Everyone is different and sometimes we are looking longer than we might expect.

What do you have in your trunk?  AND, I know...a screw driver, a hammer, RE signs, riders with your own name, pool, etc.

So, do you feel you need to be aware of the situations that you might incur while showing multiple properties.  Should you expect this?  Should you as an agent be prepared?  Do you know CPR and should you?

What do you  all think?  Public and agents here, this is important to me as an agent.

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Karen Monsour, REALTOR®

Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach
4757 N. Ocean Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I have been thinking about carrying a roll of Toilet Paper.  Some of these empty homes have a working throne but no paper. 

Aug 09, 2009 02:05 PM #54
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Jumper cables, tow strap, flares, flashlight, several jackets, umbrella, phone book, hats...  Random stuff. 

Aug 09, 2009 02:07 PM #55
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida and Washington

Hi Karen. Besides some paperwork and a first aid kit I have a few things for clients. There are a few that I plan to include that have been mentioned above.

Aug 09, 2009 02:43 PM #56
Real People Realty - Chicago, IL

Great post!!!

Aug 09, 2009 02:49 PM #57
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

Bottled water, flashlight, tape measure, clorox anti-bacterial wipes.  My personal Realtor toolkit.

Aug 09, 2009 03:14 PM #58
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Karen -- Great post! :-)   For me, it depends on the client, the # of homes, etc.  For younger people, I typically don't bring anything.  For families with young children, I sometimes bring extra things to drink, but I have found they have everything covered 99% of the time.  Sometimes I let little helpers open the door, etc., and that makes them excited to get to the next home.

If I ever get stuck on a desert island -- I want you on that island too! :-)

Aug 09, 2009 03:29 PM #59
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

A Real Estate Agent's Guide for Dummies book...Nah, just kidding! :-)


Aug 09, 2009 03:37 PM #60
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

I usually just keep it simple and just carry water! If you have to many choices, people tend to ask for something you don't have!

WD -40 is a new one that one of your readers carry with them, never thought of that one!

Aug 09, 2009 03:41 PM #61
Jerry Gray
Allen Tate Realtors - Winston-Salem, NC

All of these are good to have. I would suggest ....a very good camera, my preference, Nikon, and a heavy duty light that puts out lots of candlelight...enough to light up rooms with no power. This type light is available at Lowes.


Jerry Gray CRB,CRS,GRI / Prudential Carolinas Realty / Winston Salem, NC

Aug 10, 2009 01:05 AM #62
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Karen ~ Your post popped into my head this morning and gave me a chuckle.  It had just occurred to me that my trunk was *filled* with empty cans to bring to the supermarket (and there they will stay because it's way too hot for any lifting and toting of bags of cans - ha!). Some realtor I am. 

I keep some handy things in my car - not nearly so well prepared a kit as some described above - booties, flashlight, tape measure. To me the most important thing is that I have something to read - I hate being stuck in traffic or having a coffee break without a book, newspaper or magazine - not that I read when I'm with my clients - for after!


Aug 10, 2009 03:24 AM #63
Stephen Graham
Inactive - Atlanta, GA

This is a good tip when showing multiple properties that may last several hours; it can save time, too, by not having to stop for such things.

Aug 10, 2009 06:27 AM #64
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Definately tools to help me open lockboxes that need 'persuasion'.  I actually take food, water for myself as I get sick if I don't eat often enough.  Most of my clients have always been fine - it's me! 

Aug 10, 2009 08:34 AM #65
Jody Keating
Jody Keating Connective Realty,LLC, Bryan/College Station,TX - Bryan, TX
Broker/MM/Realtor, Bryan / College Station, TX

Maps- bigs ones, little ones, GPS, compass, print out directions from google maps, detailed directions, aerial photos.....................Oh I'd still get lost...........even if I have already driven the route before.................maybe I should just have a good navigator in the car or better yet let someone else drive !

Aug 10, 2009 08:44 AM #66
Rachel Jones
Benson, AZ


After reading through all the comments, here is a checklist of items that may possibly be needed:

Thanks for the great blog post!

  CPR Certification   Spare tire   Candy
  First aid training   Jack for flats   Pretzels
      Jumper cables   Energy bars
  Plastic tote box to keep everything   Tow strap   Nuts
  First Aid Kit   Flares   Dried fruit
  Cooler   Camera   Cough drops
  Ice   Shoes/boots for walking    
  Gatorade   WD-40   Treats for kids
  Water   Tool kit   Cheerios for babies
  Soda (regular & diet)   Hammer   Small toys
  Snacks   4-lb sledge hammer   Case w/ crayons/pencils
  Sanitary wipes/spray/gel   Chisel   Coloring books
  Toilet paper   Screwdriver    
  Paper towels   Measuring tape   TP at open houses
  Tissues   Flagging tape   Small water bottles at listings
  Trash can   Real estate signs   Baloons & string for open houses
  Trash bags   Sign riders    
  Sunscreen   Wind up flashlight    
  Hats   2 flashlights (1 agent & 1 client)    
  Pad of paper   Zip ties    
  Pens/pencils   Window breaker    
  Calculator   Bath mats (to take out & wash)    
  Scissors   Magazines    
  Listing kits   Jackets    
  Sales kits   Space blanket    
  Blank contracts   Unbrellas    
  FSBO kits   Charged cell phone battery    
  Listing details   Extra batteries    
  Phone book   Rags    
  Brochures & area info   All purpose cleaner    
      Hand towel    
Aug 10, 2009 10:03 AM #67
Rachel Jones
Benson, AZ


I forgot to put maps and GPS navigators on the list!

Again, thanks for the great post!

Aug 10, 2009 10:12 AM #68
Angela Penkin
RE/MAX Plus - Rochester, NY

Great post, lots of good ideas. I think we're all working on what to do to make our business better and our clients happier and more comfortbale - just had an open Sunday at a new lisitng that is vacant - brought over, air fresheners, soap, TP, paper towels and bottled water. Fridge is off, so bottles are on the counter.

However, unless you are very organized (not me) - if we carry all this stuff there won't be room for clients. LOL. All kidding aside. I rarely have clients in my car. I'm curious, are most of the comments here from agents that are working with relocating buyers?

Aug 10, 2009 12:33 PM #69
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Karen, in winter I always have a shovel, extra hats and gloves plus several items mentioned - Summer, a lot of the items that have already been mentioned, and sunscreen and insect reppellant , and a 300 foot tape measure

Lot of great ideas here, I may have to add more to my already stuffed car!

Aug 10, 2009 02:10 PM #70
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Well, thank you for all your wonderful comments!  I would love to answer all your comments, but at this point in time, I think I'm going to give KUDO's to Rachel.  She seems to have compiled a great list for me.

However, at this rate, I think I'll need to trade in my Nissan Altima for a large SUV of some sort or a motor home,


Fantastic ideas from everyone!  Thank you all for making this a very informative post!

Keep the suggestions coming.

HOW ABOUT A ROOF CARRIER? You know, just in case we need an extra baby car seat, a small cook stove and sleeping bags if heaven forbid we are stranded!!!

Seriously though, the responsibilities of a REALTOR(r) are numerous.

In south east Florida, it's very important to have cold water.  It doesn't take long for the water to be boiling in this heat.  Then again, we could offer hot tea and instant coffee with this.  Not really something requested often, then again, sometimes we are asked to stop at Starbucks when the customers fly in from the north and just arrived and are tired.

Then again, having a motor home with my logo on the side, might be a great marketing tool??? Then again, the cost of the gas to get around and me trying to drive it is a whole new story!

Please keep adding any pertinent information to the list!


Aug 11, 2009 11:57 AM #71
Mark Velasco
Sharpstone Realty, Inc - Whittier, CA
Listing Agent-Whittier & Surrounding ciities

Wow Karen. I have not thought of the CPR thing. I guess that we need to keep the Client around to buy. lol

Aug 18, 2009 06:30 PM #72
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!


You just never know when a serious or life threatening situation will arise! You can never be to careful!

Aug 20, 2009 01:22 PM #73
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