Wierd Stuff Going On or Please don't touch the draperies

Real Estate Agent with Michael Saunders & Company

I have a vacant, unfurnished house listed for $549,900.  I stopped by to check up on it, clean up newspapers, vacum bugs, refill flyers, etc.  Every window in the 2788 sq ft house has custom draperies with tie-backs and that metal arm that the tieback wraps around so it's not droopy.  On this day I discovered that every tie back had been undone and the draperies were hanging loose and looking awful.  It was wierd and bizarre.  Why didn't the agent tidy up after their buyers?  I am glad we didn't have any furniture in this property.  Why are some agents so rude to leave a home like this?  I just don't get it because I would never do it. 

Oh, I also had someone spill red 7-11 slurpees all over a guest house kitchen floor, attempt to wipe it up with the staged kitchen towel and leave all the trash in the sink.   

Is this just a Florida thing?

What are some wierd things you have seen? 

Comments (5)

Janice MacMillan
ERA Joyner Realty - Valdosta, GA
Associate Broker

Edie, do you know who the agent was.I know we can check our lock box reports here. I think I would have to mention both those. That is very rude. I was always taught to leave the property exactly the way you found it.  The drapery thing is very weird, almost sounds like something a child would do, just because it was something to do while their parents were touring the place or something to that effect.

Aug 17, 2008 12:47 AM
Edie Lomason
Michael Saunders & Company - Venice, FL

Jan - Unfortunately, I used a combo lockbox on these homes.  And, I did ask the last known agent to enter the house about the Slurpee.  She denied it. 


Aug 17, 2008 12:53 AM
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi Edie,

Not only was that rude, it was irresponsible.  Agents showing homes are expected to leave it in the same condition they found it.  They are expected to maintain the integrity of the home and secure it when they leave.  Any agent who fails to do this on a consistent basis shouldn't be in the business.

Aug 17, 2008 01:16 AM
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

It would be nice to have an agent call and report it, accidents happen just please fess up it is the right thing to do. The this listing office can tidy it up before the seller discovers it or another showing has to see it.

What I really dislike when someone uses the bathroom and does not flush or the water has been turned off and they still use the bathroom.  How to prevent this is to duct tape shut all vacant homes toilets with colored tape and coordinating signs (do not use) on the lid, how is that for home staging?

Aug 17, 2008 01:41 AM
Edie Lomason
Michael Saunders & Company - Venice, FL

Mary - That makes for great home staging.  People are really amazing.


Aug 17, 2008 01:51 AM