This is a great post by Valerie. It's a common occurrence, unfortunately. There are some people who think they have the right to shake, rattle and roll what is not theirs.
This is what Buyers say when they start testing things in a home. Hey - what about hiring a home inspector before you take apart the owner's plumbing, running the tub water and seeing if the toilet is firmly placed on the floor. STOP IT!!!! If you break the wax seal on the toilet and it leaks after we leave, who is going to pay for the damage? I know I will expect you to pay for your damages and so will other real estate agents and the owner.
I don't think I have to ask you to respect other people's belongings. Maybe I should just set a couple of guidelines before we enter someone's home.
- Do NOT get in the tub with your shoes on with those heels that are going to wreck the acrylic. STOP IT!!!!
- Open the cupboards and the closets but stop inspecting the homeowners' belongings.
- Did you just leave the ceiling fans running? Are you paying the eclectic bill?
- Wait a minute, did you just open the windows and leave them unlocked? Are you paying for the damages and for the stolen articles when someone gets in through those open windows and patio doors.
- Just a minute, did I just see you pull back the corner of the wall to wall carpet to see if there is hardwood beneath? Yikes!!! Hope you have the money to pay for the carpet people to return and fix what you just tore away from the wall.
Remember, I will try to undo whatever you have done to the home but I may miss some things. Let's make a pact - do not take liberties with someone's home. It may cost you and cost our relationship.
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