We have all seen the signs in homes that are listed for sale – Please take off your shoes. No food or drink, please. Don’t let the Cat/Dog/Frog/Hamster/Pig out. These always seem like obvious reminders to us, but they aren’t to everyone (hence the signs.) As humorous columnist and former REALTOR® Dan St. Ives recently wrote in a Real Estate Magazine, these are some signs we might see in future listings:
1) Please Check After Flushing. Please.
2) Please Help Yourself To ONE Candy From The Dish On The Counter. Kindly Refrain From Handfuls.
3) Camera Recording Cannot Be Stopped While You Are Here, Please Exercise Discretion.
4) If Our Dog Gets Free From His Pen During Your Viewing, PLEASE Remain In Pantry Until Our Return.
5) If You Are Viewing Inside This Bedroom Drawer, Please Review Notification #3 re: Camera Recording.
6) Good Luck With Your Open House! We Apologize, The Only Active Channel On Our Cable Package Is The FirePlace Log.
7) Please Feel Free To Point Out Every Highlight Of Our Home. This Showing Will Be Broadcast Live On YouTube and Rated By Our Family. Omissions And Underselling Are Highly Frowned Upon.
8) Please Prop Open Basement Door With Shoe, Lock Is Completely Unreliable After It Closes Behind You.
9) If Grandmother Is Awake While You Are Showing Our Home, Please Simply Advise That You Are A Realtor, The Home Is For Sale And Move Along. Do NOT Answer Her Request For A Foot Rub Or Glass of Brandy.
10) Not Entirely Sure Why You Felt You Could Make Yourself A Sandwich, But As Long As You Are In The Fridge, Could You Please Smell This Leftover Brick of Cheese And Let Us Know If You Feel It Is Still Okay To Eat?
11) Important: Cat Is Prone To Sneak Attacks. Typically Drops From Places Of Dark And Considerable Height. You Are Welcome To Don Our Complimentary Pith Helmet During Viewings.
12) Note: Indoor Agricultural Area Is Off-Limits, And For Reference Sake, Medicinal.
13) We Apologize For The Lack Of Ventilation, My Husband’s Hobby is Fish Processing.
14) Full Disclosure: Walter Is The Farting Dog From The Popular Children’s Book Series. Farts Are Considerably Less Popular While In This House, We Will Admit.
15) Please Load Clothes Into Dryer Once Wash Cycle Has Finished.
16) Full Disclosure: Forensics Will Scan Property After All Showings For Fingerprints.
17) Please Be Advised That The Code For Door Lock To Depart Will Be A Scanned Offer Of Purchase And Sale, Above Asking Price.
18) After Showing, Please Help Yourself To Vegetables Fresh From The Garden. Please Pick Extra For Us And Leave On The Kitchen Table After Washing. Thank You.
19) We Apologize For Any Inconvenience, Alarm Is Stuck In “On” Position, Please Shimmy Like A Docked Mackerel Along The Floor To Avoid Setting Off Motion Detectors.
20) Warning: Pet Boa Missing Since Tuesday. Keep Your Wits About You.
Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg