There are so many crazy things we, as Realtors, do for our clients. I've seen agents paint rooms, carry away garbage, mow grass, help move, fix meals and the list goes on and on. That's a wonderful way to show clients that Realtors really are in this business for more than a commission check. This is a people business, and helping people reach their goals is the icing on the cake.
This week, I had another one of those "that's a first" moments. One of my contracts is on a land listing I have on the west side of my community. It's very rural and most homes will have their own well and septic. Before a house can be built, a perc test has to be conducted to see what type of septic system the land will accommodate.
The process of a perc test is digging holes on the property about three feet deep and looking at the soil composition and seeing if it will allow for the proper drainage of waste. It's a simple process, but in order to do it, you need to have some sort of digging equipment. Getting a backhoe or a excavator on a site can be difficult during the busy summer months.
That's where my first comes in. For years, I had my own backhoe which my electrical company used to dig underground service entrances. I no longer have the backhoe, but I do remember how to run one. That's where my "firsts" moment came in. After not being able to get a backhoe on the site within the contractual time-frame, I rented one and went and dug the holes. It was a successful mission, and I even got to meet the largest turtle I've ever seen outside of the zoo. We do some crazy things to make a deal work, including running a backhoe.