I'm Packing It In!

Real Estate Agent with Chase International

Winter weather has arrived her in Lake Tahoe and as the post office says..."neither rain, nor snow or sleet or Hail shall keep us from our appointed rounds"  Those us in the Real Estate industry that means preparing for showings where the driveway is not plowed, the roads may be closed and your clients are dressed in street shoes.  So as I have said...I am packing it up!  I am preparing my Winter Showing Kit that will sit in the trunk of my car all winter.  Here is my Packing List...

•·         Shovel

•·         Gloves

•·         Snow Shoes                                                 

•·         Emergency Kit with Flares                                Suitcase Running

•·         Flashlight (year-round)

•·         Tape Measure (year-round)

•·         Hand Warmers

•·         Snacks

•·         Water

•·         Extra Windshield Fluid

•·         Blanket or Sleeping Bag

•·         Umbrella (Keeps the Snow off your clients)

 This week I had to show clients around with two feet of snow on the ground and more still falling we were walking through knee deep snow as the agent neglected to tell me that they had not plowed the driveway in weeks and I just whipped out my snowshoes and plodded up the driveway like a pro - my clients were so impressed.  Of course your car should be in top condition with Snow Tires and a full tank of gas - did you know a gallon of gas weighs around 8 pounds !


What's in your winter kit?


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Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn
Sell with Soul - Pensacola Beach, FL
Author of Sell with Soul

Thanks for the reminder! So far my winter kit consists of, um, a cheapo little ice scraper. I'll get on this!

Dec 24, 2008 09:02 PM #1
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

If you're going to be out in bad weather, it sure is nice to be prepared for those unexpected events, but snow shoes.  No thanks.   If there's that much snow, I'm staying home. 

I grew up in weather like that.  Don't need, want or tolerate it very well now.

One of Kentucky's blessings.  Snow comes (not usually two feet) but it's gone in a few days.

Dec 25, 2008 09:46 PM #2
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX

Wow, you are prepared.  Today in Dallas it will be about 77

Dec 25, 2008 11:44 PM #3
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

I live in Indy and we get our share of bad weather, ice lately.  I write a newsletter every month and in about October I still highlighting the need for an emergency kit in your car with flashlight, signage, flare, food, water, blanket, etc.  You just don't know when it will come in handy.

Be safe!

Dec 26, 2008 03:14 AM #4
Tracy Saunders
Chase International - Incline Village, NV

Erby - actually the roads were clear but the listing agent had not had the LOOOONG driveway plowed - so on went the snowshoes...I agree would not be my first choice...I will say Kudos to my Toyota Sienna Mini Van with Blizack Tires - it plows through anything!

Dec 26, 2008 09:45 AM #5
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy there

there Tracy

I also put my snowshoes in my Jeep at this time of year.

The only thing on your list, that I don't cary is an umbrella.

 But I do take along to items that are not on your list. I take my slippers. And I keep a box of one size fits all, shoe covers, just like Dr.'s wear at hospital's. I give a set to my client's and any Real Estate Agent's, that are there for the Home Inspection. That way we don't track water or mud,( when it's mud season here ) all over the home.

You have a real fine list there.

God Bless America

Dec 26, 2008 02:44 PM #6
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Tracy, You are very well prepared! I am sorely lacking! I have warm clothes, snow scraper... already ate all my snacks, and drank all the water! I need to start over! Thanks for the reminder - there is nothing funny about winter weather, and the possibility of being stuck in it for any extended amount of time.  Best wishes for 2009~m

Dec 26, 2008 03:03 PM #7
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I have a few things packed away in my trunk in the event we ever GET any bad weather!  LOL  So, I guess my winter weather kit is full of wishful thinking as well as extra gloves, scarves, snow boots, flares, bottled water, even an assortment of toiletries should I end up in a motel for the evening, My husband even threw in a couple of MREs (military meals ready to eat, LOL)...alongside the ice scraper.  Sadly, I have yet to need it.  ;-)  Oh, well, there is always this year!!!

Dec 27, 2008 01:55 AM #8
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