Lights on or off?
Q I went to an open house last week and the house was pretty dark.
The agent got really annoyed with me when I turned off the lights in the living and dining rooms to see how dark it would be inside at 11am on a Saturday morning.
What is the protocol here?
Pedro, Surry Hills
A Let me guess, when the light was turned off it was dark and unappealing?
That might be why the agent said to turn it back on before any others saw the room in its carbon-neutral state.
In terms of etiquette, the protocol at an open inspection is much as it is if you were visiting an elderly aunt or stitched-up friend. Take nothing for granted and ask permission to touch anything.
Granted, the request may elicit varied reactions from agents — from a roll of the eyes and a "whatever", to a curt "no" and exposed teeth — but still, ask first.
One agent suggests waiting until the end of the inspection, when all other buyers have left, so as not to expose the home's cave-like qualities.