I have a listing in a town an hour and a half away from mine
The owner had already taken a new job in another town and had not been at the home in two weeks since we had listed it and I came in to do an open house weekend.
It was early in the morning and as I looked around, there was no mistaking...the grass had to be cut. I didn't have any options but to do it myself. I can't even remember the last time I cut grass.
I went down to the John Deere Room and found the lawn mower and the gas jug. I rolled the mower outdoors and had a difficult time filling the tank. They have changed those cans so much you need a degree to figure it out.
Starting the mower was another issue. After three pulls of almost starting, I looked down and tried to read the label on how to start. Oh, you need to prime the pump! Where is that button? Now we're cookin'!
I decided to cut the grass in a nice angle so it would show well.
As I was cutting and sweating, I kept thinking well this is definitely above and beyond the call but if other people in the neighborhood notice..."hey, this REALTOR even cuts the grass if it needs it" well, let's just say it wouldn't hurt my reputation,
As I was getting done and sweeping up my grass clippings the neighbor was in his yard. He said Hi and I did too. He said, "Do you live here? Are you the new owner?" I laughed and said "no, I don't live here, I'm the REALTOR. The home owner has relocated and the grass needed to be cut."
I have often gone "Above and Beyond" the job description of any job I have ever had and wondered why since it I had never noticed others doing the same. But after reading several other posts in "Above and Beyond" contest, I nowrealize that I am far from alone and even feel like it is just in the blood of a good REALTOR to do what needs to be done to help your client sell if you are able.