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What tools and equipment do you need when starting into property preservation? What things are an absolute must have?
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What tools and equipment do you need when starting into property preservation? What things are an absolute must have?
Quick, partial list:

1. Camera and a backup camera
2. Computer or laptop or tablet or all three
3. Truck and trailer
4. Gas powered air compressor and hoses and fittings for wints
5. Stock of knoblocks, deadbolts, lockboxes, padlocks, hasps, etc.
6. Mower, trimmer, blower
7. Full set of hand tools and mechanics tools
8. At least one year of side by side experience in P&P

9. A stack of cash, this high, to live off of for at least 6 months, possibly more


Possession of the above list is by no means an indication that you are ready to start a P&P business. There are probably thousands of others that had the equipment and the desire, but went broke in the process.

Good luck and be careful.
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I will re-emphasize #9. Just like any business you do need some starting capital. You will be paid on average in 45-60 days from work order completion. All gas, employee, tools, dump fees, etc etc expenses will have to be carried until then.

I never thought I would spend $1000 on doorknobs in my entire lifetime, but now it's a regular occurance. Ha.
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Don't forget the jar of Vaseline. That way it does not hurt when you get bent over.
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Hip waders and a degree in psychology to play the nationals games according to YOUR rules. Yes Your rules. DON'T let them push you around and if it feels like a bad job don't do it. Even after getting work orders to do a trash out i have been named in removal of personals lawsuits . The nationals WILL NOT defend you just cover their a## and leave you out to dry. Bitter NO just experience of 13 years here.

TOOL #10 an external hard drive to back up EVERYTHING on to so if in a couple of years you get a call about work done you have a clear photo record. In my state the former owners have up to 5, YES 5 years to start a legal procedure after loosing the property. Documentation is everything. I back up all photos invoices and authorizations for personal property removal. NO authorization NO removal. Let them, the nationals, take the liability !! They are making money off of us and they need to be shouldering the liability. Not us who are the people making the money and taking a lot of risk.
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. . . In my state the former owners have up to 5, YES 5 years to start a legal procedure after loosing the property. . .

That is shocking to me. What state are you in?
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5 years, wow!!!!!

Professionals are people who can do their job when they don't feel like it.
Amateurs are people that can't do their job even when they do feel like it.
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Tool #11- At least an 18V battery operated drill (more volts the better)
#12 - fist full of 7/16 or 1/4" hard steel drill bits
#13 - in you basic tool bag have an 8" flat head screwdriver and hammer
#14 - 36" and 18" bolt cutters. (sometimes the door chain is engaged on rear doors, sometimes there are padlocks to go through)
#15 - a battery operated sawsall. this comes in handy when the padlock is just too tough for the bolt cutter. Cut the hasp. Also, the chain is always softer than the padlock.

Now the use of all these tools is another story. If you are not experienced in how to gain access through the various brands of knob and deadbolt locks....that #8 above is the most indespensable item in the list. Not all locks are built equal.
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I have a 24 inch set of bolt cutters and extended the handles with 3/4" galv pipe to 40+ inches and they , the handles slip on off, store in my securing crate I have crates for all different types of services , milk cartons of locks ( different codes) so when ( and recently IF ) an order comes in I grab the assoaciated crates and boogie to the site.
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That is something that I do as well, I have tool bags for each type job. (on every truck) One bag for lock changing, all the tools necessary to do a lock change in that bag. One bag for reglazing windows. One bag for winterization. A whole tool box, 48x24x24, for pool covering (if using the board and frame method) And then I have a bag that has nothing but wrenches and sockets in it. And a miscellaneous bag, this bag has all those tools that I don't need on a regular basis, but I have found the need arises and it's better to have them around than to not have them when you need them.

I have found this is a really good way to keep your tools in easy reach. There are specific tools you need for each job and it's better to keep them seperated so you can find them easily.

I thought I might be the only one that did this, glad to know I'm not. My crews thought I was crazy when I implemented the seperate bag for each job years ago. But now they see the wisdom. Instead of running back and forth from the truck with what tools you can carry, you have all the tools you need for a specific job, with the guy that's doing that part of the job.
And no more - "Who's got the *fill in blank*?", because each job has it's own set.

And one other thing I've taught my guys, when doing trash outs, if you find a tool (screwdriver, hammer, pump pliers, needlenose pliers, ect) that is something we use, throw it in the truck, and then when you get back to the office put it in a storage bin I have. That way, we always have replacements.
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