To the untrained (non-Realtor) eye, the picture at left may resemble a heap of collapsed cardboard boxes headed for recycling.

To a Realtor, though, they’reĀ  . . . . “Open House” sign protectors.

I don’t know about other Realtors, but I extend the life of my (very expensive) “Open House” signs by sandwiching them in between cardboard in my car trunk.

That minimizes the wear and scratching, but doesn’t totally eliminate it.

So, every other Summer or so I get a couple vials of touch-up paint and spend an hour or so sprucing up my dozen Open House signs in my backyard — where they can dry in the sun (and perplex anyone driving down my alley).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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