It's Just Wind. What's the Big Deal?
On Wednesday and Thursday I attend a seminar put together by Long & Foster's education department that revolved around building a team, selling a business and buying a business. It was two days very well spent in learning different ways to grow a business and eventually retire. If I were to guess, I would think that very few real estate companies in the Northern Virginia marketplace, shoot, maybe even the country, help their agents figure out how to value their businesses for sale so they can have a retirement plan. That alone will be a phenomenal recruiting tool for Long & Foster, as if they didn't have enough already.
Upon entering the classroom on Thursday morning, I joked with a gal that was sitting behind me that I was surprised they didn't cancel class for the upcoming wind storm. "Cancel something for wind? It's just wind. What's the big deal?" Apparently she hadn't read the weather alert on her phone, or maybe she doesn't have an app set up to give her one. Then again, maybe she really does have the misconception that wind, outside of a tornado or hurricane is nothing to worry about. Expected winds of 50 mph with gusts up to as high as 75 mph is not just wind. It's a strong gale according to the Beaufort Wind Scale. Thankfully, it wasn't due to start until well after our class was over.
If there's one thing in weather I can't stand it is wind. It's probably tied with ice, but wind is something we see more frequently. What we had in Northern Virignia yesterday felt like a hurricane without the rain. The sound of wind can induce some serious anxiety in me.
My husband and I were on guard for the event. We had taken in our light weight patio furniture and anything that might take flight from our porch. I had even asked a seller to remove all riders from a real estate sign I had in their front yard. All was calm come bed time. I even managed to get some really good sleep until a little after 4am on Friday a blast of sustained wind hit my house that made a racket so loud I was UP. It was awful and it went on for the majority of the morning and mid afternoon. Late afternoon the winds calmed down, but midday we had lost power. Power was restored, thankfully, 10pm the same night. At the point, hours without heat and lots of cold wind, had made the home a bit nippy.
We are lucky in that we live down a hill from the direction of the prevailing wind. Too this point we have have not, in any wind event, lost shingles, siding or shutters. What we did lose yesterday was our mailbox. We found in the treeline by our home, along with another neighbor's mailbox and some front porch decor that I recognized from a neighboring house further up the street. We fished out our mailbox and the other one was picked up soon after by the other mailboxless neibhbor. In a moment of relative calm, I took the floral decor up to the house where I knew it belonged. Got a chance to chat with a neighbor I have never met, so it wasn't all bad.
We also learned a trick about how best to use a Maglite for illumination. Carry it like a torch with the light pointing toward the ceiling. It illuminates a lot more of the room you are in, particularly when you have off white ceilings like we do. When we wanted to eat dinner, and feared the long Maglite tipping over, we used a narrow and heavy vase to place it in so it would be secure in that torch positioning.
Today, our mailbox is bungee corded to the wood frame and holding steady. The wind is still there, but seems to be less intense. (I say that, but we did just get a sustained gust that my our desks feel like they moved.) At least with our power restored, I can dive into the tasks I had lined up for a listing, as well as the numbers I wanted to run to see the worth of my business. Yep, I'm a nerd when it comes to my business. The highlight of my day will be finding out my Client Acquisition Cost for last year. Might seem torturous for a lot of people, but then again, I am someone who loves to dive into the nitty gritty. Thank goodness I still have a roof in good shape to do it under.