Should the toilet seat be UP or DOWN?

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Real Estate Agent with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

There is a war brewing asking that age old question should the toilet seat be left up or down? No, this is not a husband and wife battle, this is a Home Buyer who attended an open house and was given a card to fill out with a web address to leave feedback on a Manchester NH area home.  Attending with my client last fall, we were each given a hand out, but the buyers handout had this extra letter to reach out to the listing agent. 

 

The home was a large home, built in the 1980's and mostly still consisting of everything from that era. Kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and wall paper. My buyer did not mind the aged home as they are looking to be in a specific neighborhood. They are willing to remodel a home at the right price. 

 

 

They loved the location, loved the size and were debating the cost of updating it. They headed home and unknown to me logged on the listing agents page and left their feedback.

 

My buyers wife is a very neat person. She likes everything to be perfect. A would be agent herself when her kids hit school age, she always comments how she would prepare the houses she sees for buyers to see them.

 

So when the phone rang and the listing agent is screaming bloody murder, i could not figure out what they were saying. My buyer simply wrote 'the seller or their agent should put the toilet seats down before showing the home or having the open house."

 

The feedback went direct to the seller and the listing agent. The seller took offense. They reamed the listing agent for leaving the seat up. The listing agent said they did not notice and it went from there. The buyer did not buy that home and chose another down the street that was already redone for the same price. That seller then called me direct with loads of questions why, why, why. I was nice, was polite and cordial.... But had to tell them i could not interfere with their listing with their other agent by answering questions of what they should do with their agent. They thanked me anyway and apologized.

 

Fast forward to last week and who calls? That seller. Their home went unsold all winter and expired over the winter. They took the home off the market and have been waiting until spring to do something. Can I help them now? I SURE CAN...

 

I did meet them. I did walk through the home and gave them a real life discussion of the pros, cons and affect on value of selling their home as is as opposed to completing some renovations. I gave them the value as is and the value adding a new kitchen and renovating the 3 bathrooms. We also went over new interior paint and new flooring. They were stunned looking at the values. They were grossly over priced. In the end their bathrooms with beautiful showers, needed a vanity and sink in each to bring into the modern era. Over all it was inexpensive compared to the huge increase in value it would bring. I referred a painter to freshen their interior. During the winter they already redid their carpeting. They loved my ideas, Loved i took time to go over with them values and have listed their home, with a delay in marketing once the 3 bathrooms are redone.

 

The moral of the story is All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. By using a philosophy, which is simple, to provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process, I can help you find your dream home or sell your property. Your agent can stand behind you and assist with obstacles such as this.

 

    

                                 

 

To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

  

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 30 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 

 

You can search for Manchester area Homes For Sale by clicking here. what is for sale by clicking here.

 

 

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That it should Ed Silva , thanks for the comment

Mar 20, 2017 04:41 PM #21
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The seller was embarrassed they dd not realize so much went into preparing, they are very excited to get it sold and are working on the home Dick Greenberg 

Mar 20, 2017 04:42 PM #22
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It was a bit of all Marte Cliff. The seller should be told how to prepare the home for showings. The agent should say what needs to be said to get said work done. The agent needs to tell the seller what the home is worth in today's market, not over price it to get the listing and then it never sells

Mar 20, 2017 04:44 PM #23
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They are well aware now and a mix of mad went to embarrassed and to excited to sell Anna Banana Kruchten 

Mar 20, 2017 04:44 PM #24
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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The seat should be down.  Especially if they aren't going to get rid of that rusty ring in the toilet bowl.

Mar 20, 2017 04:44 PM #25
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Scott Godzyk
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They should Nina Hollander an dit remonded my of the "bedazzler" as seen on tv some years ago 

Mar 20, 2017 04:45 PM #26
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Scott Godzyk
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Clean down and smelly pretty Kathleen Daniels 

Mar 20, 2017 04:46 PM #27
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Scott Godzyk
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Exactly Myrl Jeffcoat and why people with hard water in their well need to use some extra elbow grease a little more often

Mar 20, 2017 04:46 PM #28
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I agree Will Hamm , thanks for the comment

Mar 20, 2017 04:47 PM #29
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Most husbands dont seem to learn as i am told Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Mar 20, 2017 04:48 PM #30
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Scott Godzyk
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Nothing like the rath of a wife to make you put it down Raymond E. Camp 

Mar 20, 2017 04:48 PM #31
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We had quite the talk Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 and they really did not understand ail they should be doing to help their own sale. 

Mar 20, 2017 04:49 PM #32
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Karen Graves most sellers just do not know, they have never been told and what is common for us is not always for those thinking of other things. These sellers were very happy to be told of all they can do to help their own sell

Mar 20, 2017 04:50 PM #33
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I am waiting for the auto seat down toliet like the auto flush Joe Pryor 

Mar 20, 2017 04:51 PM #34
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Yeah...toilet seats should be down in my own opinion too.

Mar 20, 2017 06:47 PM #35
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Scott - Great story, and one thing I know for sure is that the toilet should be cleaned, whether it is up or down.

Mar 20, 2017 07:59 PM #36
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Hi Scott

Well we certainly see the open toilet seat in plenty of photos. Who would have thought it would lead to a listing!

There is more of an issue in that bathroom than the toilet seat being up, I think!

Jeff

Mar 20, 2017 09:08 PM #37
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Yes there is Jeff Dowler. It did lead to an opportunity, but being cordial and informative opened the door

Mar 21, 2017 05:55 AM #38
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That it should Troy Erickson and pictures like this show why

Mar 21, 2017 05:55 AM #39
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Oh yes Chris Ann Cleland definately down in photos and for showings. 

Mar 21, 2017 05:56 AM #40
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