There are two types of people...

Real Estate Agent with Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties

At a recent final walk-through of a home, one of my buyer clients, who worked as a mover during college, made this observation. He said, 


"There are two kinds of people in this world - the kind who take all of their toilet paper when they move out, and the kind who leave toilet paper for the buyers."


He was happy to report that they are buying a home from sellers who are the latter. And just look at the cute flowers they made on a roll they left. Little things can mean alot. 

What type of people are your sellers?

Posted by


Dana Hollish Hill

Principal, Hollish Hill Group

Lead Associate Broker, KW Capital Properties - Tenleytown

4646 40th Street NW, Washington DC 20016


cell  202.271.5301



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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a very good reminder to share with home sellers.

Aug 09, 2019 05:08 AM #10
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Wouldn't it be a better world if everyone left the toilet paper?  There will always be givers and takers.  Givers make the world a better place.

Aug 09, 2019 05:41 AM #11
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Very keen eye for details. He would make a good home inspector.

Aug 09, 2019 08:29 AM #12
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

And then there are those who not only take the toilet paper - they also take the light bulbs.

Aug 09, 2019 11:03 AM #13
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

The T/P and a bottle in the refrigerator.  It takes so little to leave a smile on someones face... the world would be better place if everyone took this path.

Aug 09, 2019 01:23 PM #14
Robin Wells
RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections - Penetanguishene, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

Thanks for post.. and when you limit to toilet paper.. and if they leave or take.. I guess there are only two options and two kinds of people.  Honestly in our past moves I am not sure which we fell into.  I am positive we did leave at least a full roll hanging on the wall but not sure about any of the others.

Aug 09, 2019 01:54 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi dana:

Well, that's an interesting question, and no doubt I will always be mindful of this with sellers, and buyers, in the future. Better to leave the TP behind instead of some of the other stuff I have seen! LOL.


Aug 09, 2019 05:44 PM #16
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Simple and authentic story about human nature. Thanks for sharing Dana Hollish Hill 

Aug 10, 2019 06:21 AM #17
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

How sweet and what a simple way to say " I care." Love the flower too...I usually fold the top layer into a little v-flap...not sure I'm this creative. 

Aug 10, 2019 08:03 AM #18
Karen Rice Madison AL Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Madison - Madison, AL
434-282-7936 Call/Text

It's common courtesy to leave at least one roll behind.  I also read somewhere, that having toilet paper in a bathroom is a staging necessity when selling a vacant home.  Apparently, when we notice that toilet paper is missing from a bathroom it can cause a brief but very real moment of terror on a subconcious level 

Aug 10, 2019 02:14 PM #19
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Thoghtfullness  doesn't take much time or effort qand can mean sooo much !

Aug 11, 2019 01:10 AM #20
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I am not sure that all sellers realize what a big deal doing the little things really mean. 

Aug 11, 2019 07:50 AM #21
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Your client came up with the perfect, pithy description of people! That flower is just great.

Aug 11, 2019 08:18 AM #22
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I haven't ever thought that TP was an important element in selling RE. Things are changing, aren't they? 

Aug 11, 2019 04:40 PM #23
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Dana,  Thanks for sharing this story.  Common courtesy goes a long way.  I have thought about the toilet paper - but some of these other ideas are wonderful.  Extra light bulbs, labeled paint cans, garbage cans - Something in the refrigerator is a very nice touch.

Aug 11, 2019 07:07 PM #24
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dana Hollish Hill - Congratulations on your feature! I love it! And thank you for sharing the photo of the rose on the toilet paper. Those sellers were truly sensitive to other people's needs and thoughtful too! 

Roy Kelley is a great supporter here on ActiveRain. Thanks to his re-blog, I discovered you and a great idea too!

Aug 11, 2019 08:02 PM #25
RE Virtual Solutions
RE Virtual Solutions - Saint Charles, MO
Virtually helping real estate professionals.

This is so true! What a neat touch on the sellers part on adding the flower. I am sure it helped the buyers feel welcomed.

Aug 12, 2019 05:31 AM #26
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

It looks like these sellers had the house professionally cleaned for the new owner--something I insist on !  And for those sellers who say they will clean it themselves...well, no one wants to spend a few hours cleaning a home after hauling boxes all day!

Aug 12, 2019 09:10 AM #27
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Mine are thoughful & I am grateful. Just closed a home & I looked lol.

Aug 12, 2019 03:43 PM #28
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Short, sweet and a good question!  Love your post!

Aug 20, 2019 08:05 PM #29
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