Solution for Keeping Light Switches On All of the Time

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

Every home I visit for a listing appointment is unique and different, and many offer an opportunity to learn something new. Even after 4 decades in the business, I still learn. Constantly learning keeps my work interesting.

When I walked into my client's home last week, I immediately smelled dog odor, very strong. It's unmistakeable when you have dogs, pretty much. Some homes are worse than others. But this dog was 13, a type of beagle mix, curled up in a corner by a chair. The mark on the wall from the dog was enormous and very noticeable.

Still, that dog is really old and very sweet. Also, the condition of that home really doesn't matter because it will be sold as a fixer probate, one of my specialities. I know how to extract top dollar from these types of sales.

There were two very unusual things in that house that I discovered, though. Made it a learning experience. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: How to Keep a Light Switch Permanently in the On Position.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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William Feela
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I need to check this out also...sounds like something I could really use

Apr 29, 2018 06:52 PM #3
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Nina Hollander All I can say is people are weird.

Apr 29, 2018 07:03 PM #4
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Joan Cox William Feela I could not find it online at Lowes because I looked for it.

Apr 29, 2018 07:04 PM #5
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Elizabeth... ya think? There is that old Russian saying "we each go crazy in our own way." I've always loved it.

Apr 30, 2018 03:40 AM #6
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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I've never heard of such a device, but probably could have used one that kept my phone in the "off" position, which would have kept my cell from butt calling you during my birthday celebration Saturday afternoon, Elizabeth!

Apr 30, 2018 09:42 AM #7
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Kathy Streib
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Elizabeth- ok, I have those switches in the bedrooms and would love one of those thingamajigs.  It reminds me of a house we had (can't remember which one) where there was a switch that we couldn't for the life of us find what it belonged to...and my husband's a retired builder. 

Apr 30, 2018 06:51 PM #8
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Elizabeth -- hmm, I can't say I have seen that "light switch" before but it certainly is good when a property is on the market for sale and darkness is an issue.

The garage water solution issue is a bit more of a concern - for multiple reasons but this is a probate transaction...

 

 

 

May 01, 2018 06:20 AM #9
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Myrl Jeffcoat You can butt call me anytime. When I answered the call and could hear everybody laughing and talking, I figured you were out somewhere. Happy belated birthday and I toast appreciation to all those still alive.

May 01, 2018 08:14 AM #10
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Kathy Streib It's a better solution than covering up the receptacle or, worse, walling in a live connection.

May 01, 2018 08:16 AM #11
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Michael Jacobs When I asked the seller why-oh-why he said his father was tired of young kids switching it on and off, standing there, apparently, in the bedroom, flipping the switch repeatedly. Like my cat does with plant leaves when she wants attention.

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    Thank you Elizabeth!

May 05, 2018 05:58 PM #13
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Elizabeth. Certainly interesting and informative. Enjoy your day.

May 06, 2018 05:37 AM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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That light switch cover does look like it would do the trick. Thanks for sharing.

As for raising the concrete in a garage to eliminate water problems, but not allow cars to park there - that one I won't replicate.

May 06, 2018 08:08 AM #15
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Carol Williams
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Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents ,
I am one of those people who has two switches I have put a strong clear tape over to keep the switches on.  But your post (I went to your personal blog) encouraged me to go looking for an alternative.  On Amazon, I found this switchplate cover to keep lights or circuits on or off. 

May 06, 2018 08:52 AM #16
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Motion sensors are there to leave the lights on. Another option would be iPhonwe invoked programmer binary software switches..... Technology means saved $......

May 06, 2018 09:33 AM #17
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
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Elizabeth, that "cover" on the cover just makes so much sense. And i will also now look for it.

May 06, 2018 01:09 PM #18
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Hi Elizabeth - you reminded me of my home growing up.  I guess that was a practice then.  Anyway, that is a nice gadget if you can buy one.

May 06, 2018 05:23 PM #19
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Laura Cerrano
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they always tell you to unplug stuff when you go on vacation anyway. But that really helps when you have to put it on permanently and have no choice. I know one friend that has something like that in the basement

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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That would be great for those switches which run your computer outlet. As you say, better to have them rewired, but laziness persists in all of us.

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That's pretty clever - can't say I have seen this yet - but I may stick with the blue tape as there is only one place it's needed.

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