Do Not Open

Home Inspector with The House Whisperer

Do Not Open Door


One of the interesting aspects of being a home inspector… Is that you never know what the next home inspection may bring.

Most of my unusual photos come from the garage or under the house.

It’s not too often that a sign is posted on a bedroom door: “Do Not open or touch this door Very important that you follow this request Do Not Touch!! Thank You!!”

Many things come to mind… If the house is occupied and there’s a Do Not Open sign on a door… does it mean there’s something in the room that will come after you?... Or a madman sleeping inside?

The sign says: Do Not Open or Touch and the word ‘touch’ is mentioned twice… Does this mean that the door knob is rigged to electricity or explosives?

Some time, it’s better not to open a door… Why? Watch the video: Do Not Open and see for yourself.

Did I open the door?... Yes, I did and I lived to write this blog.




Comments (21)

Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Very, very clever!  I seem to remember signs like that too!

Jan 24, 2012 01:07 PM
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

video is cute...but, afterall, if you're on a submarine, you'd kind of expect the water on the other side!  I'm so curious...what WAS behind your closed door?

Jan 24, 2012 01:10 PM
Heather Russo
Keller Williams Realty - Kerrville - Kerrville, TX
SRES , REALTOR, Kerrville, Texas Homes for Sale

I just want to know WHY no one was to open THE ABOVE door...?

Jan 24, 2012 01:11 PM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Cute video!  Now that you've gotten our curiousity burning, what was behind that door?

Jan 24, 2012 01:15 PM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

So, what was behind the door?

Jan 24, 2012 01:25 PM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO

Glenn,O.K. you could have stated in the report that the "due to legal ramifications of the signage posted on the door and the liability for possible damage or unknown release of something, I found it unsafe to continue my inspection.  The room or rooms behind the door could not be inspected, I therefore do not include their findings in my report.  NOW what did you really do and find???

Jan 24, 2012 01:41 PM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Glenn, that was a good one now reduced to Cat In the Hat animation. I'm re-blogging this one...

Jan 24, 2012 01:47 PM
Lori & Scott Mitchell
Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate - Breckenridge Colorado Luxury Homes - Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge Colorado Real Estate

Very cute!!  I will remember not to open the door.  Thanks for the laugh.  Laura

Jan 25, 2012 04:30 AM
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

So, was it a kid's room where he/she posted this "NO TRESPASSING" sign to keep family members out, or did it have some more sinister connotation?

Jan 25, 2012 05:05 AM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Okay, now that you are featured, will you tell us what you found behind door #1?

Jan 25, 2012 05:55 AM
Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC - Defiance, OH
Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

It may have been if there was magic in the air?

Jan 25, 2012 08:26 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Glenn, As I recall back in my younger years, I had a similar sign on my bedroom door to keep my little brother out. Did it work? I have no idea, but it made me feel like it did. This photo brought back memories of my youth. 

Jan 25, 2012 09:58 AM
Robert Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Glenn - Ok it's unanimous.. Now what was behind that door? Please? Cute video...

Jan 25, 2012 12:11 PM
Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

I love the signs posted. They keep the job exciting. I usually just let the Agent open the door, there is more of them around. JK Glad to see you survived.

Jan 25, 2012 01:23 PM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Please tell us what was behind the door?  I have to know if it was a kid's room or there was a monster in the room.  The video is cute

Jan 25, 2012 01:24 PM
Luis Iniguez
Option One Real Estate - Fontana, CA
Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent

Always be careful, but looks like something a squatter would do.

Jan 25, 2012 02:35 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Glen - Okay, now I'm curious enough to watch the video.  You would have thought they knew the inspection was happening.

Jan 25, 2012 03:14 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

OK, so what was behind the door or with the door that they put that sign up?

Jan 25, 2012 10:16 PM
Charlie Dresen
The Group, Inc - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

The sign definitely brought back some memories of teenage years...and like everyone else, I am wondering what was behind the door??

Jan 25, 2012 11:47 PM