My spouse is a realtor, and an extraordinary one at that. By that I mean that he consistently goes the extra mile with his clients, whether legitimately working with the buyer or the seller. Today, for example, he got a call from the buyer of a modern home who was concerned that the furnace hadn’t been turned back on since the sellers had moved out of state. The apartment had been empty for a few weeks while the real estate transactions were being processed. Today the weather temperatures dropped below chilly for the first time this season, so naturally the purchaser was concerned about the water pipes freezing. Thus, my spouse drove to the home to turn the thermostat on to be sure that there would be no concerns. Thankfully, there were no concerns with the furnace starting, however he has had situations that weren’t as straightforward. Once there had been a home inspector who had turned the furnace’s power switch off while he was checking it and never turned it back on. Naturally, once the new owners moved in and turned the thermostat on, the furnace didn’t start. Who would think to look and see if the furnace switch was off or on? Certainly not the new homeowners, who resorted to calling an heating, ventilation, and A/C professional as well as paying for a house call to find out what the source of the problem was. As frustrating as that was, at least the furnace didn’t need to be repaired or replaced. Of all the modern home repair concerns that realtors run into, replacing a furnace is one of the most overpriced. But going the extra mile for a shopper is all in a day’s work for my spouse.