Open house, makes me worry

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 4:43am
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We are selling our house and are having an open house this weekend and it worries me to have strangers walking in the house. I am worried they will brink unsafe food with them or eat a handful of peanuts and then come in and touch everything in our house. I have signs on the doors "peanut / nut free home" and out realtor said she will put this in the remarks for other realtors to read. I am still nervous. Home was always the 1 safe place that I could control.

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 9:27am
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A neighbor had an open house several years ago. They were not thrilled about people walking through their home unattended, so they had a friend "house-sit" during the afternoon. Just to make sure nothing of value walked-off.
Perhaps you could ask a good friend to do this to monitor eating in your home. (And to make sure nothing is disturbed.)
Daisy

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 10:48am
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We just sold our house and had an open house. This thought did cross my mind, . I don't think most people would eat while walking through an open house, but you never know.
We cleaned our new house very well and I was worried for awhile here too. We've been here a month and everything is fine as was the open house.
Good luck to you. Hope everything works out great for you.
Linda

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 10:59am
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I cannot imagine carrying snacks through an open house! It is someone elses home. I would think a cup of coffee might pass through, but I would think a realtor should simply be able to tell people no food, please, just like in stores. becca

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 2:23pm
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i consider myself to have a fairly tight comfort zone in regard to PA but honestly, i don't think worrying about an openhouse would ever even cross my mind. not that it might not be a legitimate concern, but it's just not something that i would have ever thought to be concerned about. we had several open houses in our home before it sold and moved right into this one knowing full well the three young children who lived here before probably ate peanut products daily. i just cleaned as i normally would and we've never had a problem. short of mentioning it to your realtor, hoping people abide by your house rules and then vacuuming and wiping surfaces, i don't know what more you could do. i would not worry too much...but that's just me.

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 11:17pm
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You just brought back memories of an open house I went to a few weeks after learning that my son was allergic to peanuts (and after spending a few days in the hospital with him after he ate a peanut). I walked in, and the two real estate agents were standing in the beautiful kitchen of this beautiful house, eating from a bowl of assorted nuts that they had on the island.

Posted on: Wed, 09/06/2006 - 2:08pm
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I am a realtor, and a top producing agent. A lot of times people will put signs on the doors of their open house that say "please remove your shoes" but no one ever does...Having the info about the allergy in private remarks is a good idea, and the notes you have on your door are a MUST, but I think you should make it clear to your realtor that they need to monitor people as they come in to the open house and make sure no one has any food. You might also suggest that the realtor bring a lender with them to the open house to help out. This will prove to be helpful in two ways. 1) the lender can answer any questions the potential buyers have and can pre-qualify them at the home and 2) It is someone else who can help keep an eye on the potential buyers and make sure no one brings any food inside. If the realtor does not have a lender they can take with them, you might suggest they bring another agent with them, or as another post said, have a girlfriend come over and help. As a realtor, It would not bother me at all to have someone else at the open house helping out...so long as they did not attempt to "sell" to the potential buyers that walked through the door. Also, In the last 5 or so years that I have done open houses, it was VERY RARE that someone tried to bring food into a house...if they did, it was something for their toddler or young kid to munch on. (Darn those peanut butter ritz!) More often than not though, the realtor holding the open house is the one who will bring food for the potential buyers to munch on when they hold the open house...hope that helps and good luck with selling your home!

Posted on: Thu, 09/07/2006 - 12:04am
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When we sold our house we insisted on the agent making a sign to put on the door stating no food or drinks allowed. I have only had issues with construction workers in the house in the past, but after a reaming, they got the picture..... **** hath no fury like the p/a childs mother!!!, lol!! but I got my point across.

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 9:27am
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A neighbor had an open house several years ago. They were not thrilled about people walking through their home unattended, so they had a friend "house-sit" during the afternoon. Just to make sure nothing of value walked-off.
Perhaps you could ask a good friend to do this to monitor eating in your home. (And to make sure nothing is disturbed.)
Daisy

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 10:48am
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We just sold our house and had an open house. This thought did cross my mind, . I don't think most people would eat while walking through an open house, but you never know.
We cleaned our new house very well and I was worried for awhile here too. We've been here a month and everything is fine as was the open house.
Good luck to you. Hope everything works out great for you.
Linda

Posted on: Tue, 09/05/2006 - 10:59am
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I cannot imagine carrying snacks through an open house! It is someone elses home. I would think a cup of coffee might pass through, but I would think a realtor should simply be able to tell people no food, please, just like in stores. becca

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