In case of the house sell - buyers with agents visiting house - how sellers can be protected against the abuse/negligence?

Asked by jim, Montgomery County, MD Sat Apr 28, 2012

Is buyer agency liable for the agent negligence, like leaving the property not locked or the misuse of property? How sellers can be protected against clear misuse of the property e.g. bathroom? Should such liabilities be stated in the contract? What regulations are applicable to such situations and how seller can protect himself against them? What is allowed and what is not?

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Lauren Klein, Agent, Murrysville, PA
Sat Apr 28, 2012
Hi Jim
Marianne & I always encourage our home owner/sellers to pack up valuables (i.e. collectibles, breakable items & heirlooms, etc.) prior to listing the property. Your every day valuables like jewelry & even medication should be put in a safe or taken with you when you leave the home for showings. Please, if you're a gun owner, store them in secure gun cabinet or remove them from the property during the listing period.
Also, keep in mind that when licensed realtors are showing your home to their clients they are responsible for them - we take our jobs very seriously when showing other people's homes and make sure to leave them in the same condition in which we found them. Make sure your listing agent has reviewed the criteria for showing your property with you and has signs posted throughout your home to alert agents to special instructions like "please remove shoes - carpets freshly cleaned". A lot of issues can be cleared up with communication to your agent and placing strategic notes around the property..."Please make sure door is locked & all lights are off".
Good Luck.
Lauren Conway
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Virginia Stu…, Agent, Irwin, PA
Sat Apr 28, 2012
Each state has its own laws covering real estate agents, which are usually available on-line through the state's website. A real estate agent has the responsibility to act with due care. Agents should lock up after themselves. However, if the locking mechanism is not in proper working order, the agent shouldn't be blamed. Clearly, agents and buyers should not use toilets that are labeled as winterized or not working, but I would not fault a buyer or a home inspector who wanted to flush a toilet to see if it worked. A home warranty is a good way to protect yourself during the sales process.
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What about situation with left used tampones and related red color residuums in the toilet? Should we expect such and be accustom to clean up after standard show off for sale?
Should we also instruct the necessity to turn key twice and double check whether doors are closed before leaving house or to attempt to use two locks available?
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