Summer Brings Unwanted Solicitors-How Do You Deal With Them?

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Summer Brings Unwanted Solicitors-How Do You Deal With Them?

With temperatures in the 80's folks are spending more time outside in the yard either relaxing or spiffing up the flower beds. I spent Sunday morning adding a good 3 or 4 inches of mulch to my flower beds-we started early at 6 am before it got too hot.

mulching your flowerbeds in summer

My kids or I should say young adults spend more time out or in the garage doing car and bike repairs and mods. In our neighborhood there is more activity-after all before we know it winter will be here again and outside will not be the place to be.

no solicitorsSummer also brings unwanted solicitors. No doubt they come because it is much nicer in summer to walk a neighborhood than in winter. Just recently it has become out of control. On Saturday the doorbell rand so I went to see who it was. A quick peak and I just knew he was soliciting for something so chose to ignore it. I went  to the garage to warn my husband and son they might get a visit-they were busy doing some car maintenance and it was hot so they did not want to be bothered. Before we knew it the guy came around and waltzed straight into our garage like he owned it. He was asked to leave but still proceeded to deliver his pitch. My husband and I are pretty mellow folks but this guy was pushing all the wrong buttons.

Every weekend I find myself answering the door to some-one wanting something from me. High school kids come wanting sponsorship, students want us to buy some fantastic product they are selling while college is out. So wonderful they push past you to get to your kitchen to demonstrate. And those JW people-well I am sorry but you are in that same classification. You certainly were not invited to park your multiple cars on my driveway just because it is 200 feet long and you are hot!
Over the weekend a neighbor dealt with a solicitor that arrived at 9pm. Well no more-I and my neighbors have had enough!

The neighborhood got together to see if anything could be done.

Our village told us that legally they cannot be stopped. So we collected some No Soliciting Stickers and mine is as close to my door bell as I can get it. Will it help-well I guess I'll find out. If not I will be buying a sign and posting it in my front yard by the pathway to the door. If you persist we have been told to call the police.

Are you getting unwanted solicitors? Don't be afraid to ask them to leave. They have no business being on your property if not invited. If you are unsure, please do not open the door. Let the young kids know never to open the door without you.

Have a happy and safe summer.

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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have a no soliciting sign, and STILL get people ringing the bell.     Just cannot be too careful opening doors for people you don't know!

Jul 13, 2010 09:08 AM #1
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker -

You should see my no solicitation sign I have on my door that goes into a long explanation that I work in my home and Ihave three dogs.  If you ring my doorbell and make my dogs bark while I am on the phone I will *not* be a happy camper.

It works :)

Jul 13, 2010 09:08 AM #2
Melissa Hailey
North Texas Top Team, REALTORS (Plano, Murphy, Wylie) - Plano, TX
Collin County Realtor-Lucas, Murphy, Plano, Parker

I also get unwanted solicitors through my website and other forms of advertising.  It's always annoying, but invading your home is certainly the worst of all.  Good luck!

Jul 13, 2010 09:08 AM #3
LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet - Joliet, IL

I put a NO SOLICITORS sign in my window and it works most the time. One thing people don't know is your town probably has rules with solicitors. Ask the solicitor if they have registered with the village because if they have, they have a card saying they have. If they haven't, tell them you can call the police on them for soliciting without a license in your town. That will freak them out!

Jul 13, 2010 09:14 AM #4
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I hope you don't get any door-to-door REALTORS :0)

Jul 13, 2010 09:22 AM #5
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying

Joan-Yes that's what I am assuming will happen.

Renee-Nice, very nice.

Melissa-Me too, it goes in waves, emails are easy but those lead generation companies are relentless.

LaNita-Our villages are preety small and obviously do not have those rules-shame, let's hope the sign works.

Jul 13, 2010 09:25 AM #6
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying

Susan-Ha I hope they would know not to ignore the sign.

Jul 13, 2010 09:36 AM #7
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro


This is why I don't have a leaded glass door on my front door.  I can then hide behind the door (lol).  It is annoying!

Jul 20, 2010 03:51 PM #8
John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Corinne,  Times they are a changing.  I don't enjoy solicitors anymore than anyone sign seems to help some.

Jul 22, 2010 04:03 AM #9
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