We have proudly been licensed Real Estate Brokers in Wisconsin for what seems like a lifetime....and we love what we do and the diversity of things that a real estate career provides for practitioners.
A routine part of a listing is for the Buyer to hire a home inspector. We require the buyer's agent to attend the inspection and make that requirement known in MLS. If the agent cannot attend and cannot find anyone to attend on their behalf, one of us is at the inspection.
A distressed Seller called us because she clearly felt disrepected...things were not as she had left them....glass was broken and not cleaned up...security system disconnected and a laundry list of other things. It was the first time in a long time that she had sold a house...was this normal she wondered.
I assured her it was not ....the Selling agent was defensive and sent the email on to the inspector. The broken item was no longer manufactured....the Seller suggested another similar one and provided make and model for replacement. He protested that was not the exact model that had been broken....and his inspection "required" that he look beyond the surface of things....it should also "require" he return them to the way he found them.
Agents...as you observe an inspection...Inspection as you do an inspection be ever mindful that you are a guest in someone else's home and that means returning things as you found them...doors or windows open or closed, lights left on or off, furniture and furnishings left as you found them.
Selling and moving can be a stressful time...this is one stress that professionals in real estate should not be adding to this situation.
This is a public service message brought to you courtesy of Sally K. & David L.Hanson, Broker Associates with Keller Williams Realty proudly serving southeastern Wisconsin.