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Old 02-02-2018, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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Isnt that what Homeowners Insurance is for?


Technically yes, but you're not going to put a claim in for a few hundred dollars; however, if it was significant damage than yes the sellers home owners insurance would cover it. That's also why insurance companies don't like it when homes are listed for sale or vacant as it opens the door for risk.
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Old 02-02-2018, 12:24 PM
 
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We did opens at both homes we sold. In my mind, the exposure is worth the risk. I have been to open houses where there is a nicely worded sign on the door that essentially says "parents please hold your children by the hand, we don't want them to get harmed." Additionally, remove that expensive Ming Dynasty vase, that you hold dear, as well as any little things that you would not want to go astray. I had some antique things from my grandmother and removed them to a locked cabinet. I don't have a lot of tchotchke's so for us that was not a problem. Your realtor can only be in one place at a time so remove what you treasure.
Thanks nuts! A sign is a good start! The owners of this home had already moved so the agent had staged the 1st level of the home beautifully. The 2nd storey was empty but she had put a bunch of Legos in one of the bedrooms for the kids to play with.

I don't know if this is the case in other places but around here the entire family usually shows up, kids running around picking out their bedrooms in the house.

Meddling? That was way over the top.
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Old 02-02-2018, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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I think all you can do is ask that they do the best they can to supervise.

No way to promise good behavior by all lookers, but agents shouldn't leave people unattended. You can have everyone remove shoes and/or use disposable booties, that will help remind people they're in someone else's home, and to be careful.

And if easily breakable things are removed, permanent damage is rare. Price it right and hopefully this process won't last long for you!
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Old 02-02-2018, 01:34 PM
 
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I think all you can do is ask that they do the best they can to supervise.

No way to promise good behavior by all lookers, but agents shouldn't leave people unattended. You can have everyone remove shoes and/or use disposable booties, that will help remind people they're in someone else's home, and to be careful.

And if easily breakable things are removed, permanent damage is rare. Price it right and hopefully this process won't last long for you!
I don't think any seller should think about property damage without also thinking about its nasty cousin, liability. Removing shoes and disposable booties reminded me of this because they may increase the risk of slips and trips. Anyway booties or socks or not, liability is always a concern and consumers should understand their risks, make sure they are insured and some agents carry general liability insurance should they be implicated in an accident in the home.
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Old 02-02-2018, 01:38 PM
 
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OP, unfortunately unless you disclosed what you observed to the realtor no one would know and the homeowners evidently suffer the damages.

Perhaps you could insist on no open houses, or no children or whatever perimeters you specify. I personally have never taken my small children along when viewing houses.
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Old 02-02-2018, 02:14 PM
 
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OP, unfortunately unless you disclosed what you observed to the realtor no one would know and the homeowners evidently suffer the damages.

Perhaps you could insist on no open houses, or no children or whatever perimeters you specify. I personally have never taken my small children along when viewing houses.
Yeah Jan, I would never "meddle" in this as I don't know if the kids' banging caused the damage but it did beg the question as to how we might minimize our chances of damage.

Our buyer pool tends to come to showings with kids, and ofttimes grandparents.

This will be a good question for the agent we chose to hire!
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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I don't think any seller should think about property damage without also thinking about its nasty cousin, liability. Removing shoes and disposable booties reminded me of this because they may increase the risk of slips and trips. Anyway booties or socks or not, liability is always a concern and consumers should understand their risks, make sure they are insured and some agents carry general liability insurance should they be implicated in an accident in the home.
There's always ~something~ to worry about, j-b
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:58 PM
 
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Had it simply been dry wall the knob would have clearly made, at least, a dent if not a hole. Ceramic tile is less susceptible to impact damage than dry wall.
Still better to stick a rubber stop where the doorknob meets wall.
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:14 PM
 
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I think in this case it should be the owner. Why put ceramic tile where a doorknob will hit it over and over again. It was just a matter of time.
Sure blame the victim.
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Old 02-02-2018, 07:16 PM
 
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Isnt that what Homeowners Insurance is for?
Oh yeah, she's gonna put a claim in for one tile in the bathroom.

That's what a deductible is for.

She's asking a GENERAL QUESTION.
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