If you think of all the tools a real estate agent might use to sell a home, a chainsaw might not be high up on the list of things that would come to mind, but over the years I've done a number of things that many would consider out of scope for a typical real estate agent.
An old counter top left in the basement by our sellers that was a concern at the final walkthrough? Nothing me and a sawz-all couldn't take care of.
Water turned off and the plumbing traps dry..and staaaaaanky? I can haul in gallons of water to refill.
The photographer notices and end cap off of the blinds that cover the patio door? I can fix that before the first showing.
So yesterday evening a storm rolls through Cincinnati while I'm out showing condos to a buyer couple and I get a call between stops from the neighbor of our Mason patio home listing. "You've got a tree branch down, not towards the house, but towards the mail box".
We had a good chat and she offered to send me a text photo of the tree. I thanked her for the help and after looking at the picture I knew it was something I could take care of rather than my out of state sellers needing to hire a tree service, so made plans to go by after church with a chainsaw and hand pruners to slim down the size of all the branches.
I THOUGHT it would be a quick job, but I underestimated just how bushy the branches were! Instead of the 30-45 minutes I expected, the overall job hit the 3-4 hour range instead. Stripping down the limbs as much as possible allowed me to get everything hauled away in just two trips of my hami-powered Kia Soul. With a few acres of woods at our own home we've got more than enough places to dump the debris.
And the unexpected side perk? An unexpected showing when potential buyers stopped by while I was working on breaking down the fallen tree branch. My showing attire is not typically sweat pants and a T-shirt, but the buyers understood it was all impromptu and were happy to get to see the patio home.
And the other side perk? Lots of community folks out walking and a few stopped to chat and aske about the real estate market for condos and patio homes.
So while lumberjacking might not have been high on my preferred list of activities, it was a good day. My sellers get to save at least a few hundred dollars, and I may have a buyer for their home. What's not to like?
Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz