It's one of those conversations you find yourself having and while you're having it, you think to yourself, "I never really thought I'd be having this particular conversation." And yet you are. And it is so weird because the topic is...well...poop. No wait a minute. That's not right. It's actually about where one...uh...does their personal business. And more specifically, if it is okay to use the restroom in someone else's house.
Perhaps I should explain.
We were at an inspection recently when the buyer needed to...uh...use the restroom. So they asked me if it would be okay. My opinion is that it should be okay because as far as I know, the restroom(s) in the house have been being used by the current occupants probably on a daily basis. And the toilet doesn't really care whoever's "buns" are sitting on it, so it ought to be okay. Just be sure to wash your hands. Oh, and don't use the nice white towels either. And don't make a mess. Other than those minor rules of edicate, I don't see a problem.
My friend, on the other hand, does not agree. He thinks that using the restroom in a house that isn't yours isn't right. He argues that one should not use the restroom of a house that you are viewing with buyers. And he say's that using a bathroom in a house that does not yet belong to you just isn't right. He even went so far to tell me that he'll leave a property and drive to the nearest convenience store to take care of his personal business. His restrictions also cover the house that one is buying and is having inspected.
I once heard Jerry Seinfield talk about using the restroom in a house other than your own. One of his points was that you could be in serious trouble pretty quickly if the toilet becomes clogged for some reason or other. Suddenly you're in a situation where you may have a potential flood in the bathroom and that is bad! And even if you don't flood the restroom floor, you may still be stuck with a full toilet of stuff. What do you do then? Plunge it in hopes that there won't be an overflow? And what if you can't find the plunger? Do you go asking for one? This could be a dire situation if one isn't careful.
Apparently, using the restroom while viewing or inspecting houses that are not your own is a sensitive subject and one that many people wonder about. Is it right? Is it not right? Is it within proper etiquette?
I'm not entirely sure I can answer those questions one way or another in regards to Real Estate because I've only been in the business for a couple of years. I do know this. If someone needed to use the facilities and they were looking at or buying my house, I'd be okay with that.
As long as they didn't pull a Jerry Seinfield and not tell me!
Originally Posted at: My Owasso Home