Sometimes, when touring homes with clients, we’ll be greeted with messages from the homeowners. Things such as:
PLEASE REMOVE SHOES
WARNING: LARGE DOG, BUT IS NICE
DOG IN CRATE, PLEASE DO NOT LET OUT
PLEASE TURN OFF ALL LIGHTS UPON LEAVING
and my personal favorite, PLEASE DON’T LET THE CAT OUT!
The reason why it’s my favorite, is because of the delightful and unpredictable nature of cats. They are frequently hiding in small spaces, slinking around furniture, or sometimes, darting from room to room. If you see them in the kitchen, the next thing you know, it’s on the bathroom counter in the master bathroom… even though you never saw it follow you.
REAL LIFE STORY: I was showing homes outside of the city, where behind houses there are woods, instead of other homes. As we’re walking up to the last house, we are greeted with a small handwritten note on the front door that says: “PLEASE DO NOT LET CAT OUTSIDE”. I turn to my client and say, “Hey, make sure to be mindful of their cat.” We were almost finished touring the home, checking out the finished basement, when my client said, “Oh! I want to look at the backyard!” as she opens the door that leads outside, the cat – who had been super chill the entire time we were there – darts out the door, straight towards the woods.
So, for everyone wondering: “Is real estate really as glamorous as Allison makes it look?”
The answer is: I had to go climbing through the woods of rural Georgia, in heels, behind a house I was showing.. because the flight-risk cat, the owner left a note on the front door about, escaped when we were looking at the basement/backyard. …so basically, yes. It’s the MOST glamorous.
And for anyone wondering if I did, in fact, retrieve the cat… you bet your sweet tush I did.