Relocate to Wisconsin : The Contractor Parade....Or not....

The Contractor Parade....Or not....

    Awoke to find an email from a Selling agent for one of our listings recently inspected.  He announced...without verifying with us ...a long list of contractors...several duplicated in the same trade....and the times over the course of days that the would have appointments to inspect their area of speciality.

 contractor group  The house is vacant...which is not the point. We don't have  inspectors or contractors typically go into any listing...vacant or not withoug being accompanied by an agent. Betting that the agent is not taking a whole day to sit at the house and observe the parade...and has not asked if we are available for such a lengthy task.  

    When an inspector points out areas of concern in a report, typically, the Buyer's agent arranges...after consulting with the listing agent for a contractor to thouroughly evaluate an area and make recommendations to repair or replace whatever it is  that is a concern.  Some of these concerns we know to be covered under warranty and the parade may well not be necessary IF there are repairs or replacements that may be required.

assume  Assume....such a dangerous thing...assume that without asking...anyone at any time can enter a home.  Everyone has had the contractor who....left the ....lights on...door unlocked...the  window open...etc., etc.  We are vigilant about checking a home ...especially one that is vacant for any such issues.

    Consideration...good manners...treating others and their property the way you would expect, like, deserve to be treated...goes such a long, long way in making communication and a transaction run smoothly.  Assuming you know anything...without finding out both sides of everything...a dangerous and disruptive thing to do.

    If you or anyone you know is looking for Realtors who work hard at being considerate of people's time...and their the Hansons, we are honored to be  of service.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 12 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • April 29 2016 02:36AM


Sally: Agents who assume things often end up eating a lot of humble pie. Hopefully this buyers agent learns sooner rather than later to effectively communicate.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 2 years ago

That sounds like a lot of work that could simply be accomplished by a single home inspector.  If there are issues to follow the inspection, THEN the parade, if needed.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

Very inconsiderate from this agent, Sally and David.  It may be time for you to teach him some courtesy.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 2 years ago

Wow Sally.  What mental midget!  I hope you set that agent straight.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 2 years ago

Good morning Sally and David. Your professionalism is wonderful and you are certainly right about this.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 2 years ago

Yikes, we all know what happens when one ass-u-me s.  Not a good idea.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 2 years ago

One of the reasons I like to have supra lockboxes is so that I  will know if anyone goes into the house.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 2 years ago

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

Wow this is really an agent assuming they have free reign without requesting times for the vendors to enter. Many vendors can enter the house through our supra boxes (they've join our MLS) so I'm seeing more of this too!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 2 years ago

Sally and David, I think they picked on the wrong Realtors to try to get away with that with.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 2 years ago

This is a good story to share. Another agent to train.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 2 years ago

And what is the purpose of being sneaky with the after midnight thing?  Silliness and unprofessional, at best.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

Hi Sally and David - your points and examples explain why a good agent manages the process.  And, of course, never assume.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 2 years ago