What's in your toolbox?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Rox Realty

toolbox 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?


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Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

very good thank you for this. I do nto carry one, i have a few things in the car but not many items.

Oct 03, 2010 08:38 AM #1
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Bea, I love the idea of the black light and the 3-step ladder. That would come in handy when helping people reprogram their garage door openers.

Oct 03, 2010 08:46 AM #2
Sandy Noll
(RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878 - Woodinville, WA
Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island

Great idea, I'm going to throw together a small toolbox when I get home today!  Thanks for sharing!

Oct 03, 2010 08:51 AM #3
Kimberly Thurm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff, Naperville, IL - Naperville, IL
Broker / Relocation Consultant ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR

Bea,  Yesterday there was a very similar post by Chris and Patty Clark Denver  which had some really good ideas on it as well.  A couple of others that are a must is air freshener, spray and plug-ins for your listings and a supply of batteries for the thermostats.  Usually double A's and triple A's will do the trick.  If a thermostat is not working - you will not have any heat or air.

Oct 03, 2010 09:05 AM #4
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Bea.  Don Wixom reblogged your post....I would have missed it.  I keep some things in my cargo space....screwdrivers, duct tape, cable ties, batteries and wd-40.  And, of course, a couple of flashlights, one for me and one for the client(s).  There is never enough light in foreclosures and sometimes in the winter, it can be downright dangerous. 

Oct 03, 2010 02:07 PM #5
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

Yep. Flashlight... check; wrench.... check;  pliers.... check; WD-40.... check;  and all the other stuff you enumerated except the stepladder.... probably a good idea.  And don't forget the all important roll of paper that sometimes is a necessity!

Oct 03, 2010 03:28 PM #6
Craig Chapman
Call Realty / Access Appraisals - Mesa, AZ
The Value Guy

I liked the black light flash light idea.  I have also found that a mix of 1/2 bleach & 1/2 water does a pretty good job of getting rid of soaked in odors in cement when mopped in heavy & then let to dry.

Oct 05, 2010 05:46 AM #7
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Measuring tape - LED flashlight (love the black flash light idea too!) - screw driver - hammer pliers - lockboxes - signage


Oct 28, 2010 03:24 AM #8
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