50 Things That Buyers Have Actually Done While Viewing Houses...

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP 0524642

Here are 50 of the many, many things you should NEVER do while viewing a sellers house. It's important to know that a home seller is granting you "permission" to view their home. You should treat their home with respect.

1. Get on the roof. There's nothing up there for you to see, leave this for the inspector. This is very different from lifting the hood of your car.  

2. Pull breakers or test electrical equipment, even if you are an electrician. Leave this for the inspector; even if you are one!

3. Backwash the pool, turn on pumps or water features. You might break something that is rigged until repair and then you will be responsible. 

4. Use the bathroom in a vacant home that is winterized. Do not go number one, two or three in a vacant home that has no running water. This is horrific karma and you will be causing misery for someone else. 

5. Crawl around in the attic with your cellphone light measuring insulation or attempting to study the heater or air condition. Even if you're a professional you should not attempt to open panels, take apart equipment or show off in front of your agent or girlfriend.

6. Lay on beds, recline on couches or use the home owners latter for any reasons.

7. Pet animals in cages.

8. Let animals out that are in cages.

9. Eat any of the food in the house unless it is completely obvious it is there for your enjoyment.

10. Jump in the home sellers pool or hot tub.

11. Allow your kids to stand on furniture.

12. Allow your kids to jump on trampolines or climb outside furniture.

13 Allow your kids to play with the toys inside the house that do not belong to them.

14. Gossip with the neighbors about the people selling the home. 

15. Park partially in the grass or run over plants, water sprinklers or other yard decorations.

16. Use the bathroom without flushing the toilet or cleaning up after yourself.

17. Attempt to start motorcycles or mopeds.

18. Sit inside unlocked cars, especially vintage automobiles.

19. Touch model trains, or otherwise valuables that belong to the home owner.

20. Pick up picture frames and walk around the house with them.

21. Smoke on the property, even if it is outside. 

22. Stay in the house for an extended period of time that exceeds the time-frame for which an appointment was made. 

23. Change your clothes in the house.

24. Allow your teenagers to make-out on the property.

25. Pick up statues, books, bottles of liquor or wine. 

26. Smell sheets, towels, laundry detergent or other items that are fabric oriented. 

27. Pluck fruit from trees and eat them. Or take them home.

28. Allow your kids to climb trees on the property.

29. Turn on fire places or outside BBQ grills. 

30. Turn on the oven, stove or microwave.

31. Turn on the television to check the news or any other program.

32. Try the perfume, cologne or body spray you find in the bathroom.

33. Try on mink coats, tool belt or other articles of clothing.

34. Take selfies of yourself with the sellers valuables. 

35. Use any massage chairs.

36. Use the sauna.

37. Use the sellers home telephone.

38. Use the sellers computer or attempt to connect to their internet.

39. Flip through the sellers mail, personal documents, books, magazines or listing agreement they have with their agent.

40. View the property while drunk, high or under the influence of any substance.

41. Fool with the sellers blinds.

42. Adjust the air condition, heater or attic fan.

43. Light the gas to the water heaters.

44. Reach through cages to harass birds.

45. Bring kids who have dirty shoes.

46. Bring your own food into the houses.

47. Leave any trash like dirty diapers. This isn't Wendy's.

48. Take any blood tests in the house (blood sugar). I once had a buyer do this and drip blood on the floor.

49. Slam doors, kick doors open that you think are sticking or move furniture for any reason.

50. Open windows.




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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)





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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Greg Nino - we can add few more things to list!

Hope that buyers are nice enough not to do any of these things.

Apr 07, 2015 01:05 PM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Trying on articles of clothing!  What?  That is beyond wrong.  But so are the rest of these.

Apr 07, 2015 01:08 PM #2
Debi McKamie
Red Oak Properties - Waco, TX
Realtor®/Property Manager

What a list!  I think we see it all in the business of Real Estate and I should also use this list to prospective renters.  Oh MY!!!!

Apr 07, 2015 11:26 PM #3
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

what?  don't you take control when you're showing property?  I tell people "Don't touch that" if they reach for it.

Apr 07, 2015 11:27 PM #4
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Okay number 33 floored me! Then I see taking a selfie! OMG.

Apr 07, 2015 11:59 PM #5
Lynn Afton
Greenridge Realty Oakmont - Big Rapids, MI
REALTOR® Near Big Rapids, MI, Mecosta County

Especially liked the one about impressing your girlfriend with your expertise - I have seen guys do this as well.  Not to be biased - there are also women who "know everything" and over-analyze what they are seeing as they view a home.

Apr 08, 2015 12:40 AM #6
Jill Watts
Realty Pro, Inc. - Vancouver, WA
A Luxury Experience at Every Price Point!

Wow....that's a lot of clients heading for trouble there!

Apr 08, 2015 09:50 AM #7
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Greg, If clients won't be controlled, get new clients. I've had some little kids spill the dogs water & food, but the parents left it for me to clean up.  I don't blame the kids, the parents had no respect for the home or control of the kids.  

Apr 08, 2015 03:31 PM #8
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Thank you for this awesome post!  It literally made me LOL! 

Apr 08, 2015 09:58 PM #9
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes they have done this an a whoe lot more if we start comparing notes.

Apr 09, 2015 11:34 AM #10
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

-And I thought I had seen it all!  You definitely have me laughing!

Apr 17, 2015 08:32 PM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

You just can't make some of this stuff up that we see in our business. What a hoot!

Apr 19, 2015 03:30 AM #12
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