As a real estate agent, your car is basically your second home. You drive to and from work, between inspections and client meetings and occasionally have a quick bite or snooze in your car.
That’s why it’s crucial to keep items in your vehicle to prepare for each and every situation. Without further ado, here are 15 things every real estate agent needs to keep in their car:
1. Torch for illuminating areas that are dimly lit. This is especially useful in winter when the sun sets earlier and for those instances when the owner has disconnected the power.
2. First aid kit with a variety of bandages and plasters, antiseptic cream, paracetamol, ibuprofen, antihistamine tablets, skin rash cream, scissors, cleansing wipes, tweezers and safety pins. You never know when you’ll need it!
3. Air freshener for keeping bad odours from pets and cigarettes at bay. Just remember to use it discreetly so that you don’t offend the owners or tenants.
4. Cleaning products such as rubber gloves, glass cleaner, Gumption multi-purpose cleaner, paper towels, rubbish bags, mini broom and dustpan. Stains and clutter are not only unsightly but can deter prospective buyers and tenants from seeing the true potential of the property.
5. Umbrella for sudden downpours. Not only can you keep yourself dry and presentable but you can also rush to a prospective client’s aid too!
6. Basic tool kit containing measuring tape, hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, WD-40, utility knife, wrench and spirit level. Don’t be left speechless when a prospective buyer or tenant asks how wide a room is or how high the ceilings are–simply pull out your measuring tape and measure it.
7. Sneakers or comfortable, flat shoes to protect your feet during inspections. You never know what’s hiding in the grass or when you might need to make a quick escape! Read our Top 5 Property Manager Safety Tips.
8. Dog treats to accommodate dog owners and keep excitable pooches occupied during a showing. After all, 62% of Australian households own pets, with dogs being the most common household pet.
9. USB car charger to keep your smartphone and tablet charged while you’re on the road. How else are you going to make calls, send messages, follow up leads, conduct inspections and take photos and videos of your listings?
10. Pen and notepad for when you need to take down notes, give out your contact details or have a client sign a document. Keep a spare pen in your pocket or bag at all times as well–it’ll definitely come in handy!
11. Real estate marketing materials such as floor plans, brochures, business cards, listing information and photos. Quality print materials with beautiful real estate photography are not only memorable but can influence your client’s decision-making process. It’ll pay (literally) to keep these in your car!
12. Personal care items such as hand sanitiser, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, electric shaver, face wipes, insect repellent and makeup. It only takes seconds for a prospective client to form a first impression of you so don’t turn up with day-old stubble, patchy makeup or bad breath!
13. A change of clothes in case you spill coffee on yourself or have a last minute networking event to attend or prospective client to meet. Be sure to include an extra jacket for those cold mornings and nights!
14. Berocca and healthy snacks such as fruit and nuts to give yourself an energy boost whenever you need it.
15. Bottles of water to keep yourself hydrated. Being on the go all day in an air-conditioned car will likely dry out your throat so be sure to drink lots of water. Plus, you can offer your clients some refreshment and earn some brownie points while you’re at it!
Thanks for reading! What things do you keep in your car as a real estate agent?
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