Should we think about our buyer's safety when deciding what houses to show?
A recent post by Debe Maxwell about her recovery from a fall reminded me of a concern I have when showing homes to buyers. Debe's fall occurred when she didn't realize that she was stepping into an area with a 4 inch drop. I don't know Debe but it sounds as if she is fit and healthy and it has taken her a year to recover. Now imagine if this had been someone in poor health or with substantial bone loss - they might not recover from such an accident.
Is a house potentially dangerous to a buyer? What's our responsibility?
I've decided that when showing a house I will discuss with *everyone* the safety issues from falls that sunken floors can pose. My experience is that most people don't worry about the issue - but that it makes some people stop and think. I've had buyers decide against a house because of a sunken floor. Do I hate discouraging them? Of course! But I feel better knowing that I brought up the issue.
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