Nobody wants to sit on someone else's toilet seats.

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

That's what my seller told me, when I suggested that both bathrooms needed toilet seats.

"Nobody wants to sit on someone else's toilet seats."

In my entire career, which now spans millenia, this is the first listing I've ever had, where the seller has removed the toilet seats, and refuses to replace them.  So the bathrooms look a little forlorn.  The house is vacant, and freshly cleaned, so it's not as though it's dirty, or disgusting.... they're merely missing.  I imagine, it's true, that most new buyers will replace the toilet seats.  But c'mon.

Personally, I think it's odd, but her philosophy is that it won't stop someone from making an offer, and if the buyer insists on new toilet seats, we can provide them.

By "We", I'm pretty sure she means me. ;-(

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Ha Ha, At least you don't have to worry about someone leaving the seat up.

Maybe your seller thinks it will discourage people that are viewing the house from using the toilet? I have been in vacant homes where people used the toilet and left a mess.

Maybe you can convince her to install some of these fancy seats. Toilet seat

No buyer can resist.

Apr 29, 2019 04:05 PM #1
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

If you've got to get new ones I suggest the "soft close" wooden seats. I replaced two of our old toilet seats with them and feel like a bathroom ninja now! It's going to take me an hour to pick out the final changeout. I thought a toilet seat was a toilet seat but oh, no it's not that simple to find the perfect one. 

Apr 29, 2019 06:11 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- I love Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 comment and yes to the soft-closing ones. 

Apr 29, 2019 06:52 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What ever you do, please do not get the ones that open and close every time you go near it plus it will be less pricey too:)Endre

Apr 29, 2019 11:17 PM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Sooo many features for these today...soft close, light up...forgetting them all together...would you have kitchen cabinets without counter tops ?

Apr 30, 2019 03:28 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. Now this is a new one for me! And I am guessing you to! Can just not imagine what kind of discount a buyer may want? Enjoy your journey with this one.

Apr 30, 2019 04:51 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Alan. A very funny insight. Thanks for the morning chuckle.

Apr 30, 2019 05:59 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Well Alan May this is the first time I've heard this one! Kind of ridiculous to me.

Apr 30, 2019 03:20 PM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I've had sellers to remove and replace during the marketing period.  I have never had a seller to remove, and not replace.  Very unusual.

May 04, 2019 06:25 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

That's plain weird. We replace them ourselves when we move into a new house, but I wouldn't expect the sellers to have the toilet seats removed, unless they replace them.  Another head shaker. Ha. 

May 09, 2019 12:04 PM #10
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I'm always amazed by what clients place as "bottomlines", Alan May ... a toilet seat is so inexpensive.  The human mind works in mysterious ways ...


May 17, 2019 08:34 AM #11
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