Awkward House Hunting Moves
Is it okay to use the bathroom when touring a house? What about looking inside closets? Navigating the do’s and don’ts of house hunting can be awkward but thanks to houselogic and their professionals we can get answers to the questions that home shoppers have always wondered about!
When nature calls, you aren’t left with too many options. However, the houselogic article warns, “but don’t just wander off and take care of business. It might not work in every house. Literally.” Some vacant houses will have the water shut off, particularly in the winter season (to keep the pipes from freezing), leaving you no water to flush the toilet will make everyone embarrassed, not just you. To be on the safe side, it is best to ask your real estate agent.
House hunting is usually more of a marathon than a sprint so it’s not unheard of for people to bring beverages along with them, especially their coffee. However, the pros warn us to keep a close eye on your beverage so you don’t spill it. Food, on the other hand, should only be consumed outside the home.
To address the question about looking inside the closets, of course that is okay! You should know what kind of storage space you are working with in the home you will potentially purchase. But you are not looking to see which brands the owner wears so you don’t need to rifle through the closet.
What about house hunting selfies? Are those okay? Pat Vredevoogd Combs, past president of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® says, “In some cases, sellers have valuable things and don’t even want their homes promoted online. Ask permission first.” So, hold off on posting that selfie just yet until you have been given the okay to share your house hunting excursion with the world!
What it boils down to, is do unto others as you would have done unto you. And I’m not saying how you would feel about family members coming over, eating and drinking in your home or plopping down on the sofa. Think about how you would feel if strangers did that? Vredevoogd Combs suggests, pretend as if the sellers were present because sometimes they are watching from a neighbor’s house or even through a security system.