This is in the same discussion vein as the one about removing shoes, but I have a question about how to keep people out of my jet tub. I see on these house hunting shows, people are always jumping in the bathtubs to "try them on for size". I would prefer they not jump in mine, especially with their shoes on.
Can I leave a note about that, or would that insult the buyer?
It often happens. While my house in the Atlanta area was on the market, I had to clean dirt and scuff marks on the jetted tub. It's just another downside while your house is open to the public. You scrub before the showing and after the showing.
Posts: 791 | Location: Small Town South Carolina | Registered: Sep 17, 2006
I've never done it, but I don't think it is unreasonable for a serious buyer to sit in the tub. I would not post a message, it may irritate a serious buyer, it may register you as a difficult seller, no one wants to transact with difficult sellers. Just live with it, not a big deal.
Posts: 2463 | Location: Southern CA (Southbay) | Registered: Nov 08, 2005
I've never had a buyer ever express a desire to get into a bath tub or shower. It is television. Perhaps there are some jerk newer agents who have watched too many house hunting shows who encourage such stupid behavior. But I've not seen any evidence in any of my listings that another agent allowed such behavior.
The best thing if you are really concerned about the finish on the tub being scratched is to have your agent put it in the Agent to Agent remarks. Be prepared for the "you can't be serious" look.
Also, be prepared that if your agent does not talk you out of it, for this to become a running joke between agents and their clients. Your listing will become the "house with the special tub" or something similar. I can hear my buyers now asking if the sellers plan to take the tub with them when they move.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Charming,
I know I have seen it on the tv shows but I don't think it is unrealistic for a serious buyer to see if they could fit into the tub. They may be too tall or size of their body may not fit the tub. A lot of people try to see if they fit in the shower also. Is your shower and tub together or separate? I would just let the buyers try to see if their bodies can fit into your tub. Wish you well in selling your home. Don't sweat the small stuff. Most important thing is getting a buyer into your home.
Thanks for the responses. I guess I just don't put anything past anyone these days. People getting in bathtubs, bringing their pets to showings, letting the kids jump on the beds, tracking mud all over the house ...it's no wonder that sellers are getting paranoid.
Guess there's nothing to do about someone wanting to get in the jet tub. I'll just hope I don't have to fix any scratches.
Once again - most of that is television. Real buyers are not that stupid.
If you are that concerned and it is prevalent in your area for buyers to get into tubs then purchase the shoe covers/booties and put by the front door and have instructions in the MLS to please remove shoes before entering the house. That way it doesn't look as odd as putting them beside the bath tub with a note to please remove your shoes before getting into the tub.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Charming,
Remember, what you see on TV is just that- made for tv, not necessarily what goes on in real life. In my almost 30 yrs as a Realtor, don't ever remember a client jumping into the tub. Real tall men are usually more concerned about height of shower head. Don't get paranoid over what's shown on tv.
Posts: 3121 | Location: Michigan and sw Florida | Registered: May 16, 2007
Real buyers are that stupid unfortunately. You wouldn't believe the things we've seen in our houses. I've almost gotten to the point I only want our realtor to show our houses since she doesn't allow people to do some of the things they do.
Posts: 1117 | Location: North Carolina Close to Charlotte | Registered: Apr 02, 2003
Oye, that is a pet peeve of mine, too. I had never heard of that until seeing it on HGTV. Repeatedly. And the fact that the people didn't even have the courtesy to remove their shoes before doing so. Makes my blood boil. That is just so flipping disrespectful of buyers to do so.
Anyway, love the idea of filling the tub with water and floating flowers! But I would be irritated enough at the very thought to put a large note in the tub. "DO NOT ENTER TUB WITH SHOES ON" or "REMOVE SHOES BEFORE ENTERING TUB."