We're in the market for a new home and went looking at a couple of homes today. Hubby opened the pantries, linen cupboards and other storage cupboards to have a look but I felt awkward about it, like I was invading the owners privacy! I just opened my own linen cupboard and saw feminine hygiene products amongst other toiletries, something I certainly wouldn't want a potential buyer seeing when inspecting the house.
So it got me thinking, as a home owner who has sold, were you ok with people looking at your stuff that was "away"? Any real estate agents, what's the norm? Weird question but I just want to know for our future inspections :-)
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25-05-2014 22:24 #1
Open house / inspection - do you open cupboards?
25-05-2014 22:30 #2
I have always looked.
storage is important when buying a home ... so I want to see what a home has.
I am not looking at what they have ... just how much storage there is.
25-05-2014 22:34 #3
It is the norm - we give all our sellers a list of what they should declutter/clean/pack/tidy/remove and it includes pantries, linen cupboards, built in robes, storage cupboards, vanities, kitchen cupboards, garages, sheds etc
If you want people to come into your home to buy then you have to expect they will look in these things ( their building inspectors definitely will) and the tidier they are the nicer they look and the better the first impression
I'd say at least 50% of the buyers that come through look and definitely the ones that end up buying at least look once , most buyers ask first but some don't and that's ok as I've pre warned my owners - I know for me personally when we look at buying I've always looked at pantries and wardrobes to see if all our stuff would fit in!
25-05-2014 22:36 #4Senior Member
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25-05-2014 22:49 #5
26-05-2014 00:17 #6
I opened cupboards, pantries and built in wardrobes. I wanted to see what kind of storage there was in there e.g. shelving, depth of cupboards etc
I didn't open any bathroom cabinets. I guess bathroom storage is easier to gauge by just having a glance at the exterior.
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26-05-2014 02:06 #7
I always look. I also flush chains and turn on taps/showers.
26-05-2014 05:46 #8-
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I would ask permission first. Especially if the occupant was a renter and not the owner.
Once when I lived in Sydney, our landlord decided to sell our unit. The agent came by and gave us strict orders on what we had to clean to prepare (our home was already spotless!), then moved our furniture around to make it 'appear larger'. Then, when the prospective buyers arrived(and there at least 50 of them who came to the open house), the agent told them to feel free to touch or open anything they wanted, without even asking us!! I finally lost my sh1t when I walked into the bedroom and there was a man standing with shoes on in the middle of our bed touching the ceiling (wtf?), and a woman (presumably his wife) with the wardrobe door open and holding one of my dresses on a hanger!!!!
It it was the most violated feeling ever, but wouldn't have worried me if I was the owner because I would have known what to expect ... If that makes sense.
26-05-2014 06:45 #9
Only built in storage. A friend sold and after the first open she said things had been moved in the draws in her hall table etc. She packed up a lot more stuff after that.
I agree if it's tenanted I would ask. Otherwise I would be checking for storage, type of shelving/racking, inside vanities for signs of water damage. I might even ask to move furniture to check walls outside a shower wall to check for water damage or see if carpet can be pulled up (once bit, twice shy). I'd also check each tap for hot and cold water pressure.
Most of those things, apart from a quick glance into pantry etc, I would do during a second inspection and not when I was just tyre kicking.
26-05-2014 06:49 #10
We have our first open this weekend, I may have shoved everything into the cupboards and was told by the agent to pack of away instead
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