Five Must-Have Items Every Good Listing Agent Should Carry

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties 47726

Five Must-Have Items Every Good Listing Agent Should Carry.

The other day I was reminded why carrying around certain items that stay tucked away neatly in the back of my crossover is such a great idea. I thought I would take an inventory and see what five items back there I truly needed on a constant basis. image of house in hands

1) A steel mallet. Yes, I hammer my own signs in the ground and if you do to you know how handy the mighty mallet truly is. Plus, if the office printer isn't working properly, you can always use the mallet to threaten said infuriating electronic device. 

2) A four-pack of 60 watt light bulbs. Had to use 'em just yesterday on a vacant house. It is shocking how many home-sellers forget this small but critical detail.

3) Riders. Sold. Under Contract. Because you never know when you'll be getting that next contract and you want to make sure the competition knows right away that YOU just sold the house down the street - Boom!

4) A small broom and dust pan. Don't wait for someone else to pick up those dead bugs in a vacant house. Get it done right then and there! You never know when that next showing will turn into a serious buyer.

5) Cleaning wipes. I have many sellers tell me the house is clean when they leave. But is it REALLY clean? Often times, no. Be ready to reenact that scene from American Beauty. You know the one. Annette Bening strips to her under garments just before an open house and scrubs her listing down, all the while chanting, "I will sell this house", over and over. Sans the crying hysterically of course.

Okay, I know there are probably about a thousand other items for a real estate professional to carry with them, but I think these are a great start. Happy selling fellow Realtors®!

Comments (108)

Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Light bulbs,,, got to get some!! Thanks for the tip...

Oct 18, 2015 11:23 PM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Steven- great list!  In STL we are not allowed Sold sign riders- until the deal is closed;)  We can use under contract!

Oct 19, 2015 01:00 AM
Cari Baldwin

Awesome list from an awesome associate broker (we aren't agents in New Mexico) 😄

Oct 19, 2015 01:08 AM
Gregory Manns
HomeSmart Professionals Elite Group - Palm Springs / La Quinta, CA - Indio, CA
Palm Springs Area Realtor HomeSmart Professionals

Great post Jeffrey, I need to fill the trunk with a few of your smart suggestions.

Oct 19, 2015 01:22 AM
Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

American Beauty, lol. I almost forgot about that. These are all a must. Love the light bulbs, there always seems to be an outtie. 

Oct 19, 2015 02:24 AM
Mihir Gandhi
First Team Real Estate - Placentia, CA
Real Estate in Placentia - North O.C. CA

Good starting point suggestions in a long list - with a good sense of humor!

Oct 19, 2015 02:40 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Good list of items to carry. Never thought of the light bulbs.. thanks!

Oct 19, 2015 03:07 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I carry a level to help me get that sign straight.  I also carry a roll of TP and a flash light.

Oct 19, 2015 05:02 AM
Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor/Broker Associate
Keller Williams Realty, South Bay - San Pedro, CA
Getting you to your next with a zero failure rate!

I agree, zip ties too! In my case I have pepper spray as well.  You can never be too careful.  

Oct 19, 2015 06:21 AM
Joel Matson Seymour CT

How about a snow shovel to shovel out a stuck client, or clean off a walkway. Snow melt to make a walkway safe for a showing. A hundred watt light bulb in a plug-in socket that can temporarily light a dark room that you are showing. A gallon of winter formula windshield washer and a bucket for those fabulous times that someone has used a toilet in a home, maybe your listing, that has the water turned off. For open houses and showings of my own listings I keep: An array of many different types of light bulbs and a step stool to access ceiling fixtures. Camera to conveniently update pics as the season changes, or some other important change in the home, or a striking sunbeam in a room.

Oct 19, 2015 06:43 AM
Kathy Goldman
REVA Online | SEO Boost For Real Estate, Social Media Marketing for Real Estate and Real Estate Blogging Expert - Waukesha, WI
Social Media & Marketing for Real Estate

You Know Jeffrey

I could carry my enitre house in the trunk of my car if I were an Agent.  You could probably find extra kids in there if you were to dig below the toilet plunger, and garbage bags!

Everyone has great ideas, but do you see how that trunk thing is getting closer to a reality for you??? LOL


Oct 19, 2015 08:10 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Great list of necessities Jeffrey, I do carry toilet paper and a flashlight with me and do pack a sledge hammer when necessary to put the sign up when listing a home for sale.

Oct 19, 2015 08:32 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true!  I have a crate of tools that also include lubricant for keys.  In our Arizona desert climate we encounter things a bit different - dusty keyholes!  

Oct 19, 2015 09:13 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Interesting list. I also carry smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for home inspections and appraisals. 

Oct 19, 2015 10:04 AM
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Great list! Thanks for the ideas!

Oct 19, 2015 02:02 PM
Aaron Robertson
Authority Property Management - Redding, CA
We Make Renting Simple.

Thank you for posting this as I found it useful.  I'm going to throw some wipes in the truck as you suggest.

 Authority PM Redding CA

Oct 20, 2015 01:18 PM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

One thing I always carry is my sense of humor. This is a funny business and if you do not have a sense of humor you are doomed to failure .

Oct 23, 2015 12:30 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Jeffrey - Great list of things every good listing agent should carry with them. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 31, 2015 12:32 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Jeffrey Stevens, those are very important things for REALTORS to carry.

Dec 31, 2015 03:52 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I never thought about keeping cleaning wipes in my vehicle. That's a great idea.

Aug 29, 2016 04:31 AM