Severe or extreme weather in Georgia can take on many forms; extreme heat, a sudden downpour, an unexpected freeze, and of course, the infamous pollen. If you are with a client, it’s best to be prepared for any eventuality. Luckily, you can pack most of the items you will need for your “showing survival kit” in a duffle bag that can easily be stored in your trunk for when mother nature rears its unforgiving head.
Warm Weather Gear
- Mini water bottles – 8 oz. are the perfect size. People don’t waste as much by carrying around a big bottle when all they wanted was a sip and kids aren’t overwhelmed by the size either.
- Snacks – Something that will sustain you during a long day without a lunch like nuts, granola bars, dried fruit. There will be days when the only meal you can grab is what you threw in that bag.
- Sunglasses – When you are in the car for hours or walking around looking at the exterior of homes on a sunny day, you’ll be glad you have a pair. It’s also handy to have an extra inexpensive pair for clients that might have forgotten theirs. They will very much appreciate it.
- Grooming kit – Pack along everything you would need to freshen yourself up on a hot day of being in the car, showing homes, or both; deodorant, cosmetics, mouthwash, hairbrush, face wipes, breath mints, and a small mirror. You can do a quick pit stop to make yourself presentable and you will feel like a new person.
Cold and Wet Weather Gear
- Clean towel – When it’s icy or muddy out, it’s handy to have something to wipe that off before you track that in your car, or worse, a stranger’s home.
- Extra umbrella or poncho – It’s better to have one and not need one than to need one and not have one.
- Clean, hole-free socks or stockings – Never underestimate the importance of your footwear. If you walk into a home with wet, dirty, or snowy shoes and have to take them off, the last think you want to do show off your mismatched or novelty socks to your clients.
- Tissues and hand sanitizer – During cold and flu season, it is an absolute essential to have pockets full of tissues or hand sanitizer. You will have to touch many door knobs and shake many hands. It will go a long way to help avoid getting sick.
Extras for Any Occasion
- Allergy pills – For yourself and your clients. You might be allergic to pets or they might be allergic to pollen. It’s always good to have a couple handy to make for a more pleasant showing for everyone.
- Air freshener – While over spraying a house is not ideal, sometimes you walk into a home and it’s immediately apparent that something smelly happened in there. Have a clean scented spray handy so you can try to neutralize the odor and not offend the potential buyers.
- Gloves – A good pair of sturdy gloves can come in handy for a lot of situations. Have them nearby on cold day, when you need to look under the hood of your car, or when you need to put a sign in a yard. You can avoid ending up with dirt and grease on your hands easily.
- Extra outfit and spare shoes – This may seem like overkill, but there will come a day when coffee or lunch spills directly on your shirt before you meet with a new client and you don’t have time to make it home for a new shirt. Same goes for your shoes. You will step in gum or pet waste or you will be in the wrong pair for the terrain. It’s always best to have a spare for emergencies, neatly pressed and kept in a garment bag.
- Phone charger – This is mainly for you, but it will also come in handy for your clients from time to time. You can even get yourself a spare power bank so you can charge your phone uncorded and still have enough juice to make important calls and use your GPS to get to your next destination.
Being overly prepared will make you ready for any eventuality. Your clients will notice your foresight and it will enhance their trust in you as an agent. Be sure to follow through with that sense of readiness with each client interaction.