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Old 01-07-2019, 01:35 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Originally Posted by Electrician4you View Post
They will most likely look through you medicine cabinet too. Get over it.
Strangers should not be looking through anyone's medicine cabinet. How odd to think this is normal.

I've never even looked in the medicine cabinets of friends, let alone anyone else.
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Old 01-07-2019, 04:26 AM
 
Location: The Triad
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Strangers should not be looking... I've never even looked
Never bought a property huh?
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Old 01-07-2019, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Strangers should not be looking through anyone's medicine cabinet. How odd to think this is normal.

I've never even looked in the medicine cabinets of friends, let alone anyone else.


Practically, one should plan that many people will want to check details in fixtures they are buying, and that would include opening a medicine cabinet (a fixture) to see the interior.

Many people will never think to open a medicine cabinet.
Yet, there are plenty of people who will, and plenty of people who will steal prescription drugs.
I had a seller hide his oxycontin behind the aspirin in the medicine cabinet, ignoring my advice to remove prescription drugs from the house. 33 pills stolen. His responsibility for the loss, as far as I am concerned.
That is why prescription drugs should be removed from the home or secured under lock and key, along with jewelry and other valuables, heirlooms, and guns.

Optimally, of course, the house on the market is vacant and all items of personal value are long gone when showings start. And not everyone can afford to do that, so just removing or securing certain items is the next best option.
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:58 AM
 
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When you put a house on the market, it is no longer your house. By selling, you are saying you don't want the house anymore. Why do you care if someone uses the bathroom in a house you don't want? Detach folks.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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When you put a house on the market, it is no longer your house. By selling, you are saying you don't want the house anymore. Why do you care if someone uses the bathroom in a house you don't want? Detach folks.

IF the owner is honestly wanting to sell the place, it becomes a "commodity," and the next person's "home."

Detach, indeed!
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I'd never do it but understand people who do. With that being said I think all people should try their best to avoid a #2 in these situations since you could ruin the experience for others in the house or who will arrive shortly. Always leave the place in the same state that you found it though.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:08 AM
 
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Never bought a property huh?
I have never looked in other people’s medicine cabinets, either. This includes houses being viewed for possible purchase. What makes you think there is valid reason to snoop in a seller’s bathrm cabinet? You need to “check the operation of the doors”?

But I have read many statements that this is common, so when selling our own homes, I always removed or hid valuables or documents with any ID information beyond name and address. There were no steal-it drugs to take, but if I had any I would remove those.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Not medicine cabinets in particular, but many buyers do open and close the various cabinets and drawers in the home. This would include kitchens and baths. It's how you can evaluate the condition and quality of the built-ins, to look and feel the weight and function of the doors. Are these new doors on old tired cabinets? Or is it all new? Refinished? Nicely constructed? Most people probably couldn't tell you what was inside... they're looking at the doors, hinges, shelves and other details of the cabinet, not the contents. In our house, there was carpet in all the drawers. It was a curiosity for sure but not a deal breaker.
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Old 01-07-2019, 12:19 PM
 
Location: The Triad
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What makes you think there is valid reason to snoop ...
It's not snooping. It's about observing what the space behind that door contains and checking condition of
all the various materials and moving parts. No one cares what size dosage of Viagra you use.
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Old 01-07-2019, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Not medicine cabinets in particular, but many buyers do open and close the various cabinets and drawers in the home. This would include kitchens and baths. It's how you can evaluate the condition and quality of the built-ins, to look and feel the weight and function of the doors. Are these new doors on old tired cabinets? Or is it all new? Refinished? Nicely constructed? Most people probably couldn't tell you what was inside... they're looking at the doors, hinges, shelves and other details of the cabinet, not the contents. In our house, there was carpet in all the drawers. It was a curiosity for sure but not a deal breaker.
Carpet in the drawers? Yikes! And I thought it bizarre that there is a house in the neighborhood with what I assume is indoor/outdoor grass looking carpet on the driveway, over their sidewalk and on their steps, LOL
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