Turn the Fireplace Off When You Finish Your Showing!

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties 47726

Turn the Fireplace Off When You Finish Your Showing!




For crying out loud! A REALTOR showed one of my listings this afternoon and committed a big no-no. Luckily I had an Open House this afternoon and I was able to catch it before anyfireplace damage was done. I walked into the home to turn lights on and prepare for my Open House. As I walked by the gas-log fireplace, it's one that you just flip a switch and it turns on, I noticed it was VERY hot. Wow! The last REALTOR did not do what we REALTORS are trained to do. They left the fireplace on full blast! We are trained to check and make sure all lights are off and all doors are locked when your showing is completed. So, this REALTOR received an unpleasant thank you e-mail from me. Simply, I thanked them for showing the property and then let them know how I found the property after their showing. Hopefully this is not a normal thing and this person was just having a bad day. I still have a mind to let their Broker know. Turn the lights off, lock all doors and by all means, check and make sure the fireplace was not turned on...especially when it's 90 degrees outside.  


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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Jeff Stevens If you are not going to personally show the property, it might be a good idea to disconnect the gas fireplace to be safe.  Even when it is freezing, a fireplace of any kind should not be left unattended. 

May 06, 2018 03:07 PM #1
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Jeff, I am glad that you wrote about it, and I hope this agent learned their lesson and will not repeat a similar behavior in the future. 

May 06, 2018 03:49 PM #2
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
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It always takes me a long time to close up because I double check (sometimes triple check) to be sure everything is as it should be when I leave.

May 06, 2018 05:19 PM #3
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

For crying out loud is right!!!  This is inexcusable.  If you hadn't had an Open House who knows what could have happened, not to mention the expense of the gas burned needlessly.

May 06, 2018 05:26 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That is absolutely frightening, Jeff!  Agents showing properties should leave the home as it was found when they first entered.

May 06, 2018 07:19 PM #5
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Jeff Stevens YIKES.

May 06, 2018 07:29 PM #6
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I wold be screaming very loudly to the Broker.  Callng the agent gets no where and I am tired of being blown off

May 06, 2018 08:53 PM #7
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

The first thing I was taught as a new agent 25 years ago was to be very precise in leaving a property in the exact same condition I found it when I walked in. We have lots of gas fireplaces like this in my market and I can't say I've ever heard of a prospective buyer turning one on... the inspector, yes, but not a buyer.

May 07, 2018 05:06 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jeff. OMG, what a thoughtless error to make. Glad you came shortly thereafter.

May 07, 2018 06:13 AM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That's very unprofessional.  I wouldn't want to flip on a fireplace anyway.  Leave it for inspection time if the buyers like the house and want to make an offer.

May 07, 2018 08:48 AM #10
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Jeff that is nuts....just nuts. I can't imagine leaving a fireplace on (and yes we have more gas fireplaces in Phoenix then most would imagine). If fact, thinking back I don't recall turning one on -ever.  Sure during inspections that happens but not a a showing.

May 07, 2018 04:09 PM #11
Jeff Stevens
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Stevens REALTOR®/Associate Broker

All - It seems that the fireplace must have been turned on by a customer's kid. But, that does not excuse the agent for not checking the house before she left. In fact, when there are kids involved in a showing, one should take extra care to make sure the home is left how you found it.

May 08, 2018 05:38 AM #12
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