I was looking on line for an article on bathroom etiquette when looking at homes for sale and well I couldn't find any. I "TRY" to make plenty of bathroom stops during a full day of viewing and I always try to make sure that if a buyer really just MUST go in a home we are viewing that the water is on in that home. I feel it's part of my job to protect the homes I'm showing for any harm.
I was showing property recently and when we went into the door my buyer client said, "OMG, what is that smell, does this house have a sewage issue?" Well after opening the door for a few minutes the smell was less bad so I ventured inside to investigate. Turns out that someone used the bathoom and the water was not on at the home. And I know and you know that you get ONE flush if the there is still water in the tank, but sadly there was not. I closed the lid and I sprayed a little bit of lysol that I keep in my car.
I also immediately sent a text to the listing agent. He let me know later that day that the owners were going to drive down to their lake home to clean it up and take care of the issue and the odor. I know we can't watch our clients 100% of the time. From time to time a party of two will not stay together and the agent can't be but with one of them.
So from now on in my "we're going to be looking at property today" folder there is going to be a little note sheet that says... We as agents won't mind if we need to go back to the office for a bathroom break or stop by a store on our route that has a public restroom.
I know it just seems like good old fashioned common sense to make sure the water is on before you go using the toilet, but apparently not. And it would further seem that if someone did use the toilet without checking and discover there was no water on at the property that they would tell their agent so that the problem could be taken care of immediately.
Agents, please don't let this happen when you are showing property. Buyers, please don't do this... if it happens by mistake please let your agent know. Sellers, when you turn the water off you might want to put up some "water has been turned off in the home" signs.
Hey, someone needed to say it.