I don’t write much that is serious on Friday, and I just noticed that we have a category called “silly”, I am thinking that must have been Lani’s idea. I can’t believe it took me so long to write an appropriate post for it. Real estate really is local. For example there are maybe 10 days a year here in Minnesota where it is so cold that it isn’t a good idea to go outside. For those of us that have to go out we can’t stay out very long.
Tomorrow it will be in the double digits below zero, with wind chills in the -35 below range. If you have never experienced that kind of cold, all I can say is that it is painful and that every inch of skin has to be covered or frost bite is a real concern.
It is on the -35 days the people want to go house hunting. I am working with 3 buyers this weekend and meeting with a developer. I will show a minimum of fifteen houses and at least five will not have the heat on.
The rules for dressing are a bit different under these conditions. I will not be wearing any suites this weekend no matter who I am meeting with and no one will think less of me.
I will wear a floor length wool coat, gloves, boots, a cashmeir scarf and a hat similar to the hat in the picture. Beneath the coat I start with a thick cotton turtle neck shirt, and on top of that a wool sweater. No matter what anyone says natural fibers work the best.
Long-johns are a must. Yup you betcha. They are made of silk and can be comfortably worn under jeans or dress slacks. The boots are insulated with lambs wool, and the socks are made of wool. Very important to wear warm socks, I wear red wool because red socks are the warmest. Once the feet get cold it is all over.
Some of my clients are not from around here and they don’t get it when I suggest that it might be too cold to go house hunting. I advise them on how to dress and they don’t listen. I will be comfortable but very tired when it is all over and they will be cold and want to go home. Some will be crying for their mothers. It shouldn’t but the idea puts a smile on my face.
The next weekend will be much warmer and chances are I will be showing four or five houses all weekend. People just love to see houses in super sub-zero weather, and gravitate toward the unheated homes. I will smile as at least one of my buyers will show up in tennis shoes, and won’t make it through all the showing.
The hat in the picture is available through SuperCasuals. Even though red is a warmer color, I like the pink, it makes a statement, not everyone can pull the bomber hat look off, and some worry about hat hair. I am lucky, the look works for me. My attire may seem “unprofessional” to some but I want to live. 🙂