Can I use the bathroom while looking at a home for sale?

Real Estate Agent with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

My blog has fallen into the toilet today, well not my blog, but the buyers cell phone fell in the toilet. How? What? Where? you must be asking... Well... while showing a home for sale. Mr. Buyer got separated from the group. As I walked back upstairs in this Manchester NH area home, I could hear talking. He was in the bathroom, door closed and obviously on the phone.


There was the flush of the toilet then a blood curdling scream. What the? As Mr. buyer is yelling, swearing and making his way out of the bathroom shaking his dripping wet cell phone.



It leads me to ask the following questions:


When is it OK to use a bathroom when looking at a home?


Why do people talk on the phone while going to the bathroom?


Is this buyer going to buy this home?


The answers may be simple, but simple and common sense can be lost these days. It is not Ok to use a bathroom when looking at a home. Even if you really have to go, the seller can still be upset.


I do not know why people insist on talking on the phone when they hit the bathroom. I do see it often in restaurants and yesterday, at the airport. 


As far as the home, the buyer loves it. After realizing the Iphone X is wife said he could not get, he now can, the sting of the wet phone wore off. The problem is, this is the first home this buyer saw. His buyer agent who did not attend said showing, said he should see a few more homes and then decide. The home went under contract and this buyer missed out. He called and begged for me to present it offer. He chided and cursed his agent. He wanted this home and knew it day 1.


The moral of the story is that there is a difference from agent to agent.  That a Buyer or Seller should not choose just any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.





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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. 





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Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home
Compass Realty Solutions, Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA - Portland, OR
Quickly, professionally and with a little fun!

Had a buyer do a big one, evidently, and the toilet clogged up and over flowed.  Yikes!!! She didn't even like the house (or obviously) the toilet.

Nov 13, 2017 06:23 PM #49
Jim Holder
HomeSmart Connect - Arlington Heights, IL

Scott, kinda of a client's test of THRONES? Maybe a  buyer's behavior protocal is necessary  in your neck of the woods?

Nov 13, 2017 07:01 PM #50
Jim Holder
HomeSmart Connect - Arlington Heights, IL

Hopefully the value of Featured "Daily Drop" will improve....

Nov 13, 2017 07:13 PM #51
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

We call can write a book about the toilet and what to do when trying to sell....

Yes, hard water, stain etc. 

Nov 13, 2017 07:52 PM #52
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Scott.

Congratulations on the feature.  When Mother Nature  calls she calls. Sounds like that buyer  needs to find another anyone in mind???

Nov 14, 2017 02:45 AM #53
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Scott... all I can say is that I look for excuses to get away from my phone... so it's never in any bathroom with me for any reason.

Nov 14, 2017 04:08 AM #54
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I tell buyers if they need a rest room break, we will stop at a McDonalds or the like. Every once in a while there is a true emergency where we just have to, but for the most part I deter my buyers from doing that.

I had a listing, and received a call from a showing agent that she used the bathroom before her clients got there and she dropped "a key" accidently down the toilet and she wanted to know how to get it back. I was out of town and told her she'd probably need to get a new key if she needed it back (seller not around either, wouldn't call plumber). Well, months later when the toilet backed up, the plumber found an entire key ring with an electric car key and everything. I don't know how she got home that day but hopefully she learned a lesson about using bathrooms. When we called her to tell her we found the key ring she screamed and said it wasn't her. Geez.

Nov 14, 2017 05:16 AM #55
John Wiley
EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Bathrooms will create all kinds of conversation.

Some Sellers are so touchy about the toilet they tape them shut when there is to be a showing and post a sign: DO NOT USE!!

Life has times of emergency and can create an embarrassing situation.

Thanks for sharing and causing us to think in advance how to deal with these kinds of issues.

Nov 14, 2017 06:12 AM #56
Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

Would you buy a car without taking it on a test drive?

Nov 14, 2017 06:18 AM #57
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Scott- you do get some doozies up your way! Sounds like the poor buyer should consider a new agent!

Nov 14, 2017 07:20 AM #58
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

So ... this buyers agent lets listing agents show said buyer a pre-determined number of homes before he/she will lift a finger and possibly entertain writing an offer? Despicable! Regarding using the seller's bathroom, emergencies happen and some areas are extremely rural. McDonald's is not always an option.

Nov 14, 2017 08:21 AM #59
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I can't imagine not showing a home for my buyer clients.  That IS my job and one I'm happy to do.  And as for that buyer, shame on him!

Nov 14, 2017 08:27 AM #60
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

This buyer really messed up with his #1.... #1 as in choosing the right agent!

Nov 14, 2017 09:57 AM #61
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

When it comes to bathrooms most prospects are pretty understanding about not using the restroom. But, when it comes to little ones, I understand that an exception may be necessary!

Nov 14, 2017 09:59 AM #62
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

So many questions. LOL

It's too bad the buyer didn't act faster on the house. Lesson learned the hard way!

Nov 14, 2017 12:50 PM #63
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I enjoyed reading the post. I discourage clients from using the bathroom but sometimes they just have to go 

Nov 15, 2017 04:17 AM #64
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

I may be in the minority, but here in the friendly midwest it's OK to use the bathroom if needed while touring a home.

Nov 15, 2017 09:07 AM #65
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Scott, recently, my buyer used the bathroom without even asking, it was a vacant, bank owned home with no utilities and guess what? No water! I had to get two buckets of water from the neighbor to flush it. Yikes!

Nov 16, 2017 10:01 AM #66
Thomas Baker, CRS
Thomas Baker Team - La Jolla, CA
Serving our Clients and Communities since 1984!

Well, Scott, you are definitely providing service! It's unfortunate for the buyer they did not have a strong agent. Some agents let ego get in the way. We are here to help our clients achieve their goals, not set how many houses they should see.

Nov 17, 2017 04:38 PM #67
Maitri Shah
self - Tamarindo, CR

Hopefully the value of Featured "Daily Drop" will improve itune

Nov 17, 2017 11:44 PM #68
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