Yesterday, September 1st, I walked through a rental property in South Austin that had been vacated the day before. I had my Flip Mino Video Camera with me so I decided to make a short video of the walk-through and share a few things about what I look for when walking a vacant rental property after a tenant move out.
The result is one of the worst videos I’ve ever seen. I have no idea what I’m doing, or how to make a good video. I move too fast, muddle my words, don’t hold the camera steady, etc. I look like a dork and sound stupid. My Inner Critic is telling me to forget it, don’t post it. It’s terrible. Learn some video editing first. But if I wait until I know what I’m doing, it will never happen.
I have the camera mainly for vacations and recording family stuff, but I’ve thought for a while now that it might be fun to start making some video blogs, so this is what I’m starting with, for better or worse.
Here goes …
If you wonder what it’s like being a landlord, you’ll find it interesting (if you just watched the video) that the tenant emailed me the same day, after not following the instructions provided for returning keys, and stated in the email, “I spent a lot of time cleaning the house. I hope it was up to your standards.”
This is why I don’t allow tenants to walk through properties with me, or meet them for move-out walk-throughs. There is too big of a disconnect between what I observe and what a tenant deems to be acceptable. For more on that, read my past article “Why I Never Do Move-out Walk-throughs with Departing Tenants”
Back to video making and why I decided to go ahead with my first rough draft right out of the gate.
I constantly tell my 13 and 16 year old daughters to “just do it”, and to not be afraid. In life, it’s usually better to just go ahead and get started with something now, even though you might not feel 100% ready, than it is to wait and get started “perfectly”.
I’ve observed this over the years in real estate. New agents come into the business and want to get all set up and get all the ducks in a row, perfect business card, perfect this, perfect that, but meanwhile never actually do anything productive toward obtaining a listing or finding a ready and willing buyer to work with.
Meanwhile, a completely unprepared new agent would come into the office with a new listing and want help figuring out how to get it into the MLS. Instead of fussing over business cards, logos, or dumb questions like “should I put my cell phone number on my signs?”, they were instead calling their list of family, friends and anybody they could think of to let them know they are now in real estate. And low and behold, they catch someone at the right time and end up with a listing. Imagine that!
So, I hope this will be the first in a string of really bad real estate videos that I create, and I expect over time I might learn a thing or two and maybe they’ll improve. Meanwhile I can show my daughters that I practice what I preach.