Have you heard the story how a Garden Hose killed a Real Estate Sale?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

Real Estate deals can end for a wide variety of reasons. Let me tell you the tale of how a Garden Hose, killed this sale. I got a call from Home Seller asking if I could help them save their sale. They did not list with me. They listed with a new agent who Mrs. Seller wanted to help them with their first sale. 


They told me they ended up in a war with their buyer and the buyer killed their sale. Before I could tell them I really can not help if they are listed with someone else, they told me what started their recent problems. They said upon the walk through the buyer got upset they took the garden hoses.


Wait a second, the buyer was willing to kill the deal over a garden hose? Even more, you as the seller were willing to kill the sale over a garden hose? Wait, your agent was also willing to let the sale die over a garden hose? Their has to be more to this story.


Fast forward a bit the buyer wrote into their contract that the garden hoses stay. The buyer also asked for a rain bucket. Asked for the lawn sprinklers and the raised garden bed planters. The seller signed it, so why did the seller take them? The simple answer was, they did not read the contract before signing. The seller said they were never selling those items. They asked the listing agent why they allowed them to be part of the sale? The listing agent did not know. Did they read the contract? not sure... 


In the mean time the seller said no way they are including them, they are already packed and moved to their new home. The buyer said no way are they buying without them included. The sale died... Why did the listing agent not save this deal, their were still options? They did not know how to save this deal? They never experienced this. Later on the sellers parents educated the sellers that they would not be closing on their new home if they did not close on their old home. But the sellers things were sitting in a storage unit at the new home? The parents knew what was wrong. They knew their son and daughter in law needed help. They also told them to end their listing contract and list with an experienced agent where as none of this should have ever happened. 


IN SUMMARY, having an EXPERIENCED AGENT should be on your list of things to do before Buying or Selling. As you can see your choice on who you hire matters. I am a big stickler to details and outlining each step of the buying or selling process before we start the journey. This seller lost their sale and now lost the house they were suppose to buy. They have to retrieve their "pod" with their belongings and need to start over. Even though this should have never happened, It was an easy fix as worst case the agent should have helped the seller buy a hose and gardening things for the buyer and saved the sale. 


IN THE END choosing me to assist you whether buying or selling gives you the assurance you will be taken care of through the inspection process. Experience is so much more than just finding a buyer. It is doing it right from the start. 


I leave you with my infamous thoughts, My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.


To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .


About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 37 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area. We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 






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Comments (11)

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

We just sold our home and I left the hoses, all three of them.  I hated those hoses and will not be surprised if the buyers call and ask me to get rid of them.  The buyers also received some great pots with beautiful plants, a Elk Grove historic bench and a few other items.  It is better to under promise and over deliver.

No way I allow a few hoses to ruin a sale.  Those buyers would get the most beautiful new hoses I could find with a big red bow on them and a note telling them to enjoy!

Jun 05, 2022 07:54 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Experience does make a difference.  Good Lawd, why on earth did the agent not read the other terms including the hose, etc.?  An exercise of just sign here, and here, and here.

Jun 05, 2022 08:24 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services



Mr. Crappy Says

Great Way to HOSE a Deal!





Jun 05, 2022 08:33 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Scott, well if it was in the contract I guess if sellers sign it they stay but that kill a deal weird.


Jun 05, 2022 08:40 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Scott,

Exactly why you need to list with an experienced agent. Losing a sale over garden hoses is so ridicules on so many fronts!

Jun 05, 2022 10:16 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Scott Godzyk sounds to like everyone got hosed all the way around.  🤣

Jun 05, 2022 02:14 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Scott there is ridiculous and there is RIDICULOUS!  Guess which one I think this one is LOL Major hose job for sure.

Jun 05, 2022 03:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott- so many areas where this went wrong. All I can do is shake my head. Why didn't the sellers read what they signed...why did the listing agent read the contract and go over it with them...I could go on. 

Jun 05, 2022 06:34 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Scott - that is a very interesting story but it illustration the importance of reading what you sign.

Jun 06, 2022 05:59 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Scott Godzyk, it amazes me how many sign without reading all the details. This is a great example of what could happen. 

Jun 07, 2022 10:28 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

A good reminder to agents that are not experienced, savvy, and have mastered the art of anticipating problems, communication, and negotiation.  Well said.

Jun 10, 2022 12:37 PM