I guess I'm their mother?

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

Remember when your kids were teens and pre-teens?  They run through the house, leaving the door behind them wide open, plopping their shoes, and other belongings on the floor, right in middle of the floor?  Teens are totally egocentric, and most have little thought for those who pick up after them.

Ahhhh.... I remember it well.

I don't have to remember it... I'm currently living it.  Showing property, sometimes as the buyer's agent, sometimes as the listing agent.  I have seen buyers walking through the house... when I ask them to remove their shoes, they just pop them off and leave them in the middle of the foyer.  They open a door, or turn on the lights... and then when they're done walk away leaving the door open, and the lights one.  What are they... teenagers?

It's my job, as the real estate agent, to make sure that the property we're showing is secure when we leave.  Doors that were locked when we arrive, must be locked when we leave.  The buyers unlocked the back door, walked out to view the yard, and when they return, leave the door ajar, or unlocked... as though their mother will pick up after them. 

In my rounds through the house, I turn off lights, lock doors... and find lights that I'd already turned off, that have been turned back on.  Closet doors opened, and left open.  Sliding doors left unlocked, window blinds pulled up, that were down before.   yeesh... I guess I'm their mother!?

Today's vent over.

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: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I get it, Alan... that's what happened at one of my vacant listings just last week. Fortunately, the owner lives nearby and stops in every other day to check things out so she took care of it. But both of us were shaking our heads. When I started in real estate in NYC we were taught to leave a home exactly the way we found it when we walked in.

Aug 30, 2020 05:29 AM #1
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Very good points. I too have seen this happen. More insidiously, some "Buyers" will open a back door and leave it unlocked with the idea of returning later by themselves. Can't be too careful.

Aug 31, 2020 05:32 AM #2
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Haha. Some people never grow up and expect mom to follow them around all the time.

Sep 02, 2020 06:37 PM #3
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Back in the pre-Covid days, I saw people bring young children to opens and let them run wild.  I found one kid trying to turn on a gas fireplace that had decorative logs while his brother scaled the bookcases.  At least they had the decency to buy the house!

Now the local protocols say no children allowed.  

Sep 02, 2020 09:44 PM #4
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