I'm Tree Fallllllinnnnnnng...Rerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Goes The Chainsaw!!!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

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




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Comments (9)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Years ago, when my son was also a Realtor, he was scheduled to hold open a house he had listed.  The sellers were out of town.  When he arrived at the house to set up for the Open, he found that someone had painted grafiti on the garage door.  He called the seller, who "allowed" him to pain the garage door, with paint that was inside the garage.  The Open House was a success and the home sold.  But, painting is out of the scope, as you say!

Aug 02, 2020 09:37 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Especially with out of town sellers, it becomes a case by case on what can we (or should) do.  In this case, it was a weekend and I could see the HOA having a conniption if we didn't handle this quickly since it was blocking the sidewalk.

Aug 03, 2020 08:53 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Funny how a little elbow grease churns up potential business. Not your usual farming. Enjoy your day!

Aug 03, 2020 05:31 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Definitely not the usual way I prospect, but hey, if it works :)

Aug 03, 2020 08:54 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, sometimes "out of scope" things get done by real estate professionals! Good for you for having the right tools for that tree job - that's also half the battle...

Enjoy your day!

Aug 03, 2020 05:36 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

The benefit of our own home being surrounded by woods.  It's not that uncommon for something to fall and block our driveway or otherwise be in our yard.  Fortunately in 20+ years, the worst damage has been a plastic shed (smashed) and bent chain link fencing.  So I've got one chainsaw, my dad gave me a 2nd I've never actually used, and various hand tools for taking care of tree issues.

Aug 03, 2020 08:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - like many things in life, "other duties as assigned" can become a part of a "job assignment".  These duties can be masquerading as opportunities.  

Aug 03, 2020 05:36 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

And I'll enjoy those opportunities as they appear.

Aug 03, 2020 08:56 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There are so many things we end up having to do to keep deals on the rails, we definitely should get bonuses, haha.

Aug 03, 2020 07:11 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

There's a lot of the "miscellaneous" in our jobs.

Aug 03, 2020 08:57 AM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

I once got a neighbors listing because they saw when driving by that I was outside picking weeds during an open house lull, the homeowner who was away so somebody had to pay attention to the details. That somebody was me. 

Aug 03, 2020 07:58 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's amazing how doing a little extra can make a big difference.

Yesterday I had an ActiveRain contact asking about getting a pool key.  We're obviously NOT the HOA, but I called back and provided her the HOA contact phone number that she needed to get her key.  She appreciated that I actually "bothered" to call back and jotted down my name and number for future real estate needs.  Not a bad payoff for what was essentially a wrong number :)

Aug 03, 2020 08:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

HI BLiz- now that's making lemonade out of lemons! Thank goodness you're handy. And doesn't is usually turn out that way...a 30-minute task morphs into 3 hours!  You definitely proved your value and not just to the seller but to the neighbors as well. They'll remember the extra work you provided. 

Aug 03, 2020 09:38 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Those projects do tend to grow!  I've not recently had a weekend go totally according to my To Do list :)

Aug 03, 2020 01:57 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Love it Bill! You can certainly do it all and come out on top! Super way to meet the neighbors too! See the possiblities....endless!

Aug 03, 2020 11:10 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

It was good getting some insiders' insights into the neighbhorhood :)

Aug 03, 2020 01:57 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This one’s for the most onomatopoeia noises in a single blog post. Great points as well!

Aug 04, 2020 08:39 PM