Is whacking weeds part of marketing a real estate listing?

Reblogger Dale Taylor
Real Estate Agent with Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois

When a respected Colleague Hella, shared below how she noticed some minor landscaping work was needed on her listing, as a professional courtesy she stepped in and did it herself.  I was so touched by her post, I just have to give her applause.


Her blog reminded me of how in the last 32 years I've built a team around me to address needs my valued Clients share with me.


My Uncle Os the electrician who is now past 4 years would always look to see if there was more my valued Client needed, and would just do it as an added professional courtesy.


I've been so blessed to receive repeat referrals.  Very thankful.  I know they keep coming because I’m always about striving to give more than what is needed.  


I live in the world of if you see something is needed, just do it now and get it done.  


I encourage all my Colleagues to be about that business daily.  Our industry will be far more respected and cherished.

Original content by Hella Mitschke Rothwell CA #01772851 HI #RB-21268

This is what I was thinking when I went to show a listing yesterday and ended up whacking off weeds in the yard. No, I don't normally do that, but it was a beautiful day and the seller was there doing a lot of pruning of hedges and fruit trees. A tenant had just moved out and, as you might imagine, the whole place needed a bit of sprucing up. The interior is being repainted as well, all in anticipation of our print advertising campaign that starts on Saturday and an agent's caravan tomorrow, Thursday.

Naturally, the property is being promoted through the MLS plus on several of my own websites specific to the area. Unfortunately, we had not been able to take interior photos when the tenant was there, so now we are making up for lost time. I plan to have them up in time for the start of the advertising campaign which, of course, offers a link to my website to see them.

This is what happens when a seller keeps an uncooperative tenant in his investment property, they can undermine the sales effort in many ways. Such as not allowing interior photos; in fact, not allowing us to enter which prompted the seller to cancel the month-to-month lease.

So, in the spirit of helping the process of putting some "spit and polish" on this particular listing before a renewed marketing effort starts tomorrow, there I am slashing at blackberry vines and anything else that looked like it shouldn't be there. So my aching muscles are asking this question:

Is whacking weeds part of "marketing"?

It certainly helps with the curb appeal and will make exterior photos look better.

To get serious, real estate brokers like me don't make this a habit, just ask my aching muscles which got me up at 3 AM this morning. But, let's face it, I have been known to "pitch in" when something needed to be done.


Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Broker/Owner/REALTOR 


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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
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Hi Dale you just never know what needs to be done do you! Always something and it's good to be of service as best we can!  Good reblog!

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