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Attention Home Shoppers – A Concern Directed to Home Viewers

I am a rental tenant whose landlord has listed the unit for sale… I am very cooperative with the realtors and their multiple texts for showings every day ( between 10 and 20 texts daily) and make sure that my house is spotless clean and I greet them with a smile on my face… My problem, or I guess you could say rant is this… I have people coming into my home and opening my medicine cabinet and opening drawers and cupboards while viewing the home…. I’m really not sure what I have in my cupboards or drawers that has any relevance hay sorbet to the purchase of the house… I feel it is a blatant invasion of my privacy that holds no bearing on whether or not you will buy the home….
I think people should think of how they would feel If placed in the same position….

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  1. They are most likely seeing how they open, if they are stiff, loud, need to be replaced. When I purchased a house, this is something that I did. Both houses I have purchased I opened all the cabinetry to ensure they were not old, moldy, barley hanging on as cabinetry is rather expensive and if I will be required to replace upon purchase, I wiould use that in negotiating the price. It is unfortunate, however thats the nature of being in a rental that is for sale. If you have items you do not want viewed or such, maybe place it in your dresser or a private area of yours that has nothing to do with the sale of the house, they are not aloud to snoop through your personal belongings. The house unfortunatly is not your personal property

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  2. It has EVERYTHING to do with buying a house! As a buyer I will open every drawer cabinet door etc. I want to know if the material used is cheap or quality if it works and what the capacity is inside these spaces. U would be a fool to not do this as a buyer to check every square inch of what is the biggest purchase of your life. It has NOTHING to do with U and your stuff.

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  3. Jenny Kay Jenny Kay says:

    No one cares about your crap. They want to see if the house has issues before they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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  4. Kitchen cabinets… yes definitely. People want to check hinges and quality inside also space and shelves etc. I open every closet as well. Put anything you don’t want seen in a night table or dresser. Pieces of furniture that aren’t part of the home should not be poked through as the buyer is not purchasing the dresser. And nobody really cares whats in your medicine cabinet. They’re looking at the shelves in it. If I’m spending that much money on a home I’m checking every nook and cranny.

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  5. That’s not an invasion of your privacy! They are buying the house and that includes the drawers and cabinets. Nothing you can do about that. Move what you don’t want seen somewhere else like in a box or container. Simple as that.

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  6. They have to view everything in order to make the right choice. I’d just personally move my stuff.

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  7. I understand it feels like an invasion – when I have sold homes I have had people go through my underwear drawer ick!! However I also purchased a home where – the toilet wasn’t actually connected to anything – they had rigged it to look like a working toilet – but had I tried flushing I would have known I was going to require a plumber. I now check EVERYTHING that I will potentially own.

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  8. I would empty a cupboard and drawer.

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  9. Don’t blame you for feeling invaded we recently sold our house and during our showings we had our treadmill turned on even though it was unplugged they plugged it in turned it on and left it like that we Also had people search our closets and wanted to ad items that were packed away into the house deal. I do believe there is a fine line between making sure cupboards open and close to just being down right snoopy! People please respect. Thank you

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  10. I feel your pain, I felt the same way when moving out of rentals and having potential future renters come with the landlord. Definitely feels like an invasion of privacy and you can’t trust people now a days, how do you know they are really interested in the place and not just scoping out your place to come back and break in. If you can move sooner do it, get out of there so you won’t be stressed about this stuff.

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  11. Val E Cooper Val E Cooper says:

    I know how you feel and agree with you 100%. When I sold my townhome, I had certain people coming in and asking if they could buy my large gold fish to eat. I was mortified and asked them to leave asap.

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  12. It has EVERYTHING to do with buying a house. We recently bought a house and I wish I would’ve checked the kitchen cabinets’ depth, because my dishes don’t fit the cabinets and the doors sit open about 2-3 inches. So ya. I will open and close cabinets to check if my stuff will fit in it!!!

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  13. Amanda Evans Amanda Evans says:

    I was in this situation once. The buyers would open my dresser stand on my bed and touch my baby’s stuff. I voiced my opinions with the landlord who did not care, then the realtor that listed again nothing. So I began making it difficult to show the home. I gave a 2 hour window of time each day and I needed 24 hours notice before they could come in. I always warned the realtor that called that if they touch my things they would be asked to leave. I had no more problems.

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  14. Contact your landlord’s realtor. When people call her to arrange a showing, get her to ask that they be respectful of your privacy. Also, try to go for a walk when it’s being shown. Clients are less likely to buy a house when the tenant is there. They want freedom to talk about the place without you overhearing, and you’ll be less insulted if you don’t have to see/hear them. The realtor will make sure your belongings are safe.
    The faster they sell the house, the sooner you won’t have to deal with the looky-loos!

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  15. Also, I hope your landlord is giving you a free months rent for the inconvenience!

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  16. Julia Bryce Julia Bryce says:

    I would be opening everything…checking for how well things are built, loose hinges, space avail., etc. i think the realtor(s) should have open house once a week or so for a few hours. Potential real buyers will respect the privacy of a renter.

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  17. Maybe put your personal things in your dresser… They have no reason to look in your personal furniture.

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  18. Marta Sams Marta Sams says:

    If the cabinets, drawers, closets are part of the house, or attached they have a right to open them and look. If it’s furniture that belongs to you and will be going with you, they have no right to open drawers on personal belongings.

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