When inspecting a home, you need to get in as well.
At a recent home inspection I was there before the client/ buyer. I performed all the exterior of the home then the buyer arrived for the appointment.
I took the key out of my pocket that I had received from the Realtor's office to gain entry.
Low and behold it would not work. It looked like a freshly cut key too. That makes me a little upset when i can'y gain entry to a home.
After about ten minutes of trying to move and jiggle the key to get it to work I had failed.
I then called the listing agent and asked if they had a different key and she said that one will work you have to "jiggle it a lot". Really? You would think that if a homes lock will not work without "JIGGLING It A LOT" it just might be time to have a new lock installed? Did no one even try the "new keys" to see if they worked or not? I guess not.
After I called the Realtor back and said the key simply will not get us in the home, she said come to the office and get a different key.
So, back to the office I go, I got the new key and the same results. Now an hour has passed and I'm running late. I then called the listing agent again and she said she would be there in about twenty minutes to get us in.
She finally shwed up and opened the lock box on site. Then it still took her ten minutes of trying to get the front door open. But she finally got the door open.
I told her I think it's time the seller installed a new lock with keys that work.
She looked at me and said, "they are selling the home anyway". What? "The buyers will install new locks when they buy the home"... I simply looked at her and said, "I still need to get in and you still need to show the home too, there needs to be a working lock so everyone can get in when they need to"
Have a great day everyone.