868. Verity’s open house

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Verity had collected some lovely things. Beautiful cutlery, for example, and lovely table clothes, and a vase that looked exquisite in the hall on the Queen Anne corner table. It’s not that she was rich; it’s just that, over the years, one gets a little here and a little there. Suddenly, one realizes that one has collected some lovely things!

But time had moved on. Verity thought she should put her house on the market. It was getting too big for her now. She had an open day. Prospective buyers could come and view the house. And they came, in good numbers.

“Would you mind ever so much,” asked one lovely couple, “if we opened the kitchen cupboards? Cupboard space is such an important thing when buying a house.”

So the cupboards and drawers were opened and shut, and bathroom and kitchen water run (no doubt to check the pressure), and the air conditioning was turned on and off, and even the stove was gazed into.

That evening, without an immediate sale, Verity noticed that a knife and fork were missing from the drawer. She used to have a set of eight and now it was seven. It was annoying. It was more than annoying; she used that set of eight on Sundays when her children and grandchildren came for brunch on the way home from church.

And then the lovely couple phoned and asked if they could have another look! And they did, the following Thursday. Unfortunately, they decided against buying.

The following Sunday, it was time for brunch. That’s strange, thought Verity setting the table for eight, I must have counted wrong.

33 thoughts on “868. Verity’s open house

      1. Cynthia Jobin

        My partner and I bought and sold three small homes during the crazy real estate boom here in the US and the process is really withering. Open House is a nightmare. Dealing with Real Estate Agents is a nightmare. Having to “stage” your premises and get the pets out at the drop of a hat is a nightmare. Bargaining and dealing with banks and lawyers is a nightmare. And there are indeed plenty of invaders who are just sight seeing and have no intention of buying.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          We are “stuck” staying here until Dec 12th – despite the despicable landlady who has now sent someone in to mow the field (because she thought it too long and is charging us $180) but we’re not telling her we’re leaving at the end of the year until a few weeks before hand because she’d start immediately showing people through the house.

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  1. arlingwoman

    Oh goodness, I don’t even remember what I was going to say having read all the comments. Your landlady is a nightmare. Perhaps you could put a curse on her. Surely there’s an equivalent of voodoo in NZ. I had a landlady once who called up and screamed on the phone. I would put it down and wander about the house doing things I needed to do until she wound down, then pick up again. She once turned my heat off when I was gone and didn’t tell me, so that I got quite cold and had to investigate the heat (she claimed she was saving the oil). God, you need to buy something or find someone nice. Both may be hard. And the lady in your story may simply have been mistaken. We’ll never know!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      We intend to subtly make her more and more angry… then when she’s had a gutsful she will kick us out – breaking the contract – and have to pay for our moving expenses… Two can play her game…

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  2. Noelle Granger

    A fair warning to young people: never let strangers in your drawers! This story recalled one Easter when we were just sitting down to dinner in our rental unit (upper floor of a two story house the owner was trying to sell). Someone used a key to open our front door and a realtor took a couple on a tour of our unit while we were sitting there eating, opening all our drawers and cabinets. We had a few choice words for the owner, including a threat of a suit if the realtor tried that again!

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