. Do you carry a toolbox in your trunk? I do. Not only would it come in handy on the road - I use something out of it weekly while showing homes. The most common item - the tape measure! How many times have you had your client say "Hmmm, how big is this room?" My response, "just a sec and we'll find out". It never fails to impress my buyers when I get the tape measure!
Other items I carry: wrenches for turning on and off those stubborn water valves, assorted screw drivers, pliers, hammer and the universal fix all - duct tape!
Two other items in my box of tricks - a flashlight (some of these houses are DARK without electricity!) and a black light flashlight. Huh? Why a black light? I was showing an investor a fixer that reeked of ammonia. Was it animal urine or a meth house? A quick pass of the black light had that carpet glowing! Even pulling up a corner of the carpet showed the urine had soaked the pad and concrete. He knew to factor in new carpet and concrete sealing into the cost of rehabing the place. No amount of carpet cleaning was going to remove that odor.
My latest purchase - a small three step ladder! I'm sure the longer I'm in this business, the more tools of the trade I will accumulate. What's in your toolbox?