I was out showing homes a few Sundays back. My first time home buyers and I are out on a glorious day looking at houses. We saw some good ones and some not so good.
We pulled up to a listing that was an open house. The agent had just arrived and she was getting the house all ready for her open. She was turning on the lights, opening the blinds. She had started up stairs and told us to make ourselves at home and look around. So we did.
The house was in great shape, staged, updates - a truly loved home. We were upstairs looking at the bedrooms and I kept thinking "I smell smoke?" We looked around and didn't see anything. I looked again and thought, "I still smell smoke." I thought maybe there is a candle somewhere?
Well, there was a candle, It was the prettiest, nice smelling candle just a burning away., minding it's own business. Not only was IT burning, it was starting to burn the bottoms of the towels hanging above the toilet!! A fire had started. It was not a huge fire, but we grabbed the towels and threw them in the sink and turned the water on. All was good, just some ruined towels and a smokey house.
We helped the agent open the windows to let the smoke out. She was so upset and glad that we were there. She got herself so upset about what could have happened if she lit the candle and went back downstairs and the fire could have really turned into something more serious.
My clients did not buy the house, but for other reasons. It was a very nice home.
It is funny now, but scary then. Glad nothing serious happened. Be careful with Candles in open house.