Consumer Advice, Real Estate News

10 Things to Keep in your Car in Case of Emergencies

One of the tools of your trade is your car. If you are selling real estate, you are practically living in it, right? But, when your car breaks down, or you get sidetracked because of the weather, well, it can be a nightmare.

Here’s a list of 10 things to keep in your car in case of emergencies:

  1. Cell phone charger
  2. Jumper cables
  3. Fire extinguisher
  4. Flashlight
  5. Fix-a-flat automatic inflator
  6. Reflective triangles
  7. First aid kit
  8. Non-perishable food
  9. Blanket, gloves, hat
  10. Pepper spray

Oh, and please feel free to share this list with your fellow real estate agents, past clients and sellers!

So, what else would you add to this list?

Consumer Advice

Must-Have Tools for Your Home Emergency Kit

Is it just me — or do you see an increase in weather-related emergencies? Or forest fires? Or floods?

Well, in addition to a first-aid kit, three days’ worth of bottled water, non-perishable food and a list of important phone numbers, consider putting together a home emergency kit.

20e16-s_monopoly-houseStart out with a waterproof plastic tub and store it in a place where you can gain easy access. Then add the following items:

  • Duct tape – Use for repairs and temporary fixes
  • Blankets – A fleece or Mylar-type blanket is warm, lightweight and takes up very little space
  • Multi-tool – Something like a Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman will work. I suggest that the tool also have a pair of pliers and a can opener (to open the non-perishable food cans)
  • Lantern and flashlight – Battery-operated models with extra batteries for power outages
  • Nylon rope – Lots of uses
  • Work gloves – Buy heavy-duty, leather or tough material to protect your hands for storm clean-up chores
  • Radio – A hand-crank radio to keep you up to date on the latest weather alerts
  • Baby wipes – They will remove dirt and bacteria from your hands if no water is available