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Old 02-01-2018, 06:38 PM
 
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We are prepping our home for sale this spring so I have been going to a few open houses to see what the interest is in our price range in the neighbourhood.

Went to an older home (like ours) that was pretty much completely updated.
There were two agents in the home and it was innundated with lookers.

A kid (about 7 y/o) was with his mother, he went into one of the bathrooms and began banging the door against the ceramic tile wall behind it. The mother came in grabbed the kid and told him "to stop it, this isn't our house", they left.
I glanced into the bathroom and noticed that the tile behind the door knob was cracked.

Not sure if it was cracked before but given the condition of this home I guess it would not have been.

In any case who is responsible for damage to a home during an open house?
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Athol, Idaho
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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.
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Old 02-01-2018, 07:46 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.
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.
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Old 02-01-2018, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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If the home owners did not install a door stop to prevent that kind of damage, good luck proving it was the kid. It could have happened at anytime.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:20 PM
 
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If the home owners did not install a door stop to prevent that kind of damage, good luck proving it was the kid. It could have happened at anytime.
So any damage done to the home during showings is the responsibilty of the home owner?
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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if you go to sell your home, and you choose to NOT have any open houses as you believe that they will not have a net positive impact on selling your home - then tell the agent(s) that you interview that you do NOT want any Open Houses.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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but if you're just dying to know the answer - whose property is it? And when the property gets damaged, whose responsibility is that?

Otherwise,an individual would have to identify the offending child, take them to civil court, and gain judgement in your favor.
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:18 PM
 
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I wouldn't have an open house, I would just make it easy for people to do private tours. At least then we know the family is escorted by an agent to stop them from breaking things and/or snooping.

But the bathroom door should have had a stop so that it didn't happen. I would imagine the break was there before...if there is not stop, its going to break.

That all said, I never took my kids to house hunt. How can you look at a house when you are watching your child? I did take them to the final walk through. I made them stay with me but at that point, if they broke something, clearly it would be my job to fix when I bought it the next day.
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Old 02-02-2018, 01:57 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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This is between the owner and the kid. Why meddle?

In any case, replacing a single tile should be pretty easy, assuming you got spare ones.
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:58 AM
 
Location: NC
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This is between the owner and the kid. Why meddle?

In any case, replacing a single tile should be pretty easy, assuming you got spare ones.
How is asking a question meddling?

After reading many of these types of posts, I think I would pass on having an open house personally.
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