Al and Cal Homes and Community: Bring a Flashlight!

Bring a Flashlight!

Bring a Flashlight!

Our team is working with quite a few first time buyers these days!    Good news for us as we love the excitement of helping someone find their first home.... but,

Unfortunately a showing  instruction that I have been getting over and over lately is bring a flashlight.    When I hear that, I cringe.

Don't get me wrong.  I totally appreciate the heads up!     Al and Cal Flashlight

Anyone that knows me, knows that I like to be prepared, especially for work....so, hearing the words, bring a flashlight means a bit more than it's a distressed property and all the good and fun things that come with that, but it means a few other things as well!....

It not only means bring a flashlight, but a pair of flats or sneakers would be a really good idea too.  It is not easy walking around in a dark home in heels or even worse maybe sandals!  

Bring a flashlight.... Okay, so that means, no lights, and it's summer so no worries about heat or a driveway and walkway that hasn't been cleared.... but in these parts the moisture in a closed up home can wreak havoc with the olfactory senses!  A trip to the basement in that home is going to mean critters of all kinds....all that moisture and inactivity breeds bugs and spiders......and who knows what else!

When I hear, bring the flashlight, it most certainly means that the lawn is going to be high and that means slacks would be a better choice then walking around with a skirt or shorts....     Will I have to give these buyers a tick check on the way out??

Bring a flashlight equals bring sanitizer too.  No explanation necessary!

So, as I go about getting prepared for the weekend, I feel as if I am putting a "what to bring to camp" list together.    

I SO hope these foreclosures burn off soon!     

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Carol-Ann Palmieri

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Comment balloon 22 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • June 23 2011 06:48PM

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Hi Cal...I guess I have to start working on you to lean toward listings.....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 7 years ago

I'm laughing because as I was making appointments and then writing that, your words were already in my ears!!   Thanks!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hey...is that you in the middle of the Charles River??????

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 7 years ago

Carol Ann, One thing that I do not miss about the north is the basements, there are no basements and icky things in them here in SW FL!  Sanatizer is still necessary!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) about 7 years ago

Hi Barbara...   I'm the one taking the photo... mine is called blue cloud.   You've seen them gradations of blue and white.    This is an area between West St Medfield heading upstream towards Millis.   Great brid watching here.  Come with sometime.  I have an extra boat. C

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Good Morning Christine!    That makes SW FL sound even better!!!!     I hope you have a great day.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Carol, when I read that, I think a good working respirator might come in handy, too.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Patricia!   haha.   So right!  :)

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hey, Carol Ann!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Thank you Patricia!   I so appreciate you doing that.   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Needs TLC - Bring a flashlight is a sure sign you are in for it when you open the door.  It's funny how hand sanitizer is a total must for realtors these days.  I agree with you - I hope they burn off soon too.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 7 years ago

Hi Carol Ann,   LOL, you may be right about the new short hand.  We don't have basements here in Fort Myers Beach but when I see the grass is knee high I just know this showing is going to be an experiance.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 7 years ago

i always have a flashlight in my car for emergencies, but I never knew it was required tools for the Realtor.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 7 years ago

Carol-Ann:

I keep a box in my car of all the things I need at my own listings and others.  The box includes flash lights, sanitizer, paper towel, sanitary wipes, windex, tape measure, a screwdriver set and swiss army knife, duct tape, kleenex, scissors, small first aid kit and more things which I can't remember.  That kit has been a life saver in a number of situation.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 7 years ago

Hi Dr. Stacey-Ann!   Sanitizer is my new safety blanket!   Thanks for reading!

Hi Bill!     Love seeing high grass!  :)    Love Fort Meyers too!   

Hi Sandi!    Realtor tools are always changing aren't they?    Thanks for commenting!

Hi Evelyn!    I used to have a box like that in my car.   Can't remember why and when it was removed.   Thanks for reminding me.    I am going to stock up!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Yeah, comments like those make you  ittle bit afraid of what you mght be walking into.  But better to have some warning, no? 

Posted by Evelyn Black (Comey & Shepherd, Cincinnati, OH) about 7 years ago

You should see the arsenal of tools I have in the back of my SUV. Flashlight, 2 liter bottle of water for flushing toilets, waders (just kidding), gloves ... some of these foreclosed homes are yucky!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA (Safe Haven Realty) about 7 years ago

Never thought about a tick check but there was one agent here who wrote about getting fleas in a vacant house. Even though gross, it was hilarious.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 7 years ago

Hi Evelyn!   Absolutely better to be prepared.   Amazing how Realtors have their own language isn't it?   I hope you have a great day!

 

Hi Cynthia!   Thanks for stopping by.     Smart idea.. and I NEVER thought about the water for the toilets!   Really good idea!  

Good Morning Lyn!   Some of the things that happen are so funny.  Most Realtors could do a stand up routine for sure!  Thanks for reading!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Sorry I missed this one Cal,  oh the tick check on one ..i had 4 on my legs & got so creeped out!  I like the idea of putting an identifier on a flashlight & giving it out as a closing gift!  Great post

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 7 years ago

My realtor tool box also includes a can of WD-40, it's proved useful at times.  And yes, when I see "no power", or "bring flashlight", that means the listing is a charm to some of my buyers, and most likely not going to work for 95% of my other buyers.  And yes, I appreciate knowing ahead of time.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) about 7 years ago

Hi Claude!    I never thought of WD... but I can see how it could be a useful tool.    Thank you for the tip!   C

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

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