When inspecting a home, you need to get in as well.

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Home Inspector with Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections 10072923

When inspecting a home, you need to get in as well.

At a recent home inspection I was there before the client/ buyer. I performed all the exterior of the home then the buyer arrived for the appointment.

I took the key out of my pocket that I had received from the Realtor's office to gain entry.

Low and behold it would not work. It looked like a freshly cut key too. That makes me a little upset when i can'y gain entry to a home.

The key will not work. Entry denied.

After about ten minutes of trying to move and jiggle the key to get it to work I had failed.

I then called the listing agent and asked if they had a different key and she said that one will work you have to "jiggle it a lot". Really? You would think that if a homes lock will not work without "JIGGLING It A LOT" it just might be time to have a new lock installed?  Did no one even try the "new keys" to see if they worked or not? I guess not.

After I called the Realtor back and said the key simply will not get us in the home, she said come to the office and get a different key.

So, back to the office I go, I got the new key and the same results. Now an hour has passed and I'm running late. I then called the listing agent again and she said she would be there in about twenty minutes to get us in.

She finally shwed up and opened the lock box on site. Then it still took her ten minutes of trying to get the front door open. But she finally got the door open.

I told her I think it's time the seller installed a new lock with keys that work.

She looked at me and said, "they are selling the home anyway". What? "The buyers will install new locks when they buy the home"... I simply looked at her and said, "I still need to get in and you still need to show the home too, there needs to be a working lock so everyone can get in when they need to"

Have a great day everyone. 

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Clint  McKie

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Hi Jeff,

You are exactly right. But it did'nt happen that way. I don't know of other listings they have the lock problem with but it should be "NO LISTINGS" at all.

Thanks for the comment and have a wonderful day.

Best, Clint McKie

July 31, 2012 08:00 AM
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Rob Ernst
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Just think about how many times a potential buyers couldn't get it.

July 31, 2012 09:08 PM
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Donald Hester
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Clint, With the way they use the automated key cutters you see many keys not work right if the original is worn. Sometimes I miss that old machines where you could fudge it a bit. But know one knows how to do that any more.

July 31, 2012 11:25 PM
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Hi Rob E.

You will never know the commish's lost  for lack of entry. The buyer looses interest and moves on.

Have a great day and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

August 01, 2012 01:16 PM
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Hi Donald,

I have to agree with you.

The new ways are not always the better ways of doing things. The old ways seem to work much better.

Have a good day and evening in Washington State my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

August 01, 2012 01:19 PM
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