This weekend I got a call from an agent in Miami who was showing property in North Port. He was standing in front of my listing when he called because he did not have a lockbox key that worked in this area. Since I had another showing on that listing at 5 p.m., I was able to delay that showing until 6 p.m.
The Miami agent arrived with two more carloads of people to view the house. Unfortunately, the owners did not receive my second message for a showing and were at home.
What really embarrassed me was to have 8 or 9 people poking around the house, and at least 4 of them stopped to use the bathroom. I was amazed that anyone would just use the facilities as if it were public---no asking permission of the owners or me! I thought this was very inconsiderate, but what was I to do? Even with a small child, I think it's polite to ask to use the bathroom.
Is it common in other cultures to use the bathroom in a stranger's home without asking? My sellers were very understanding, but I felt it was entirely inappropriate.
Unless it is an emergency, most buyers never even ask to use the facilities, even in a vacant house.
How can you tactfully let buyers know that this behavior shows a lack of respect for other people's homes?