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Turning dirty door knobs can be hazardous to your health.

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 10:40AM

Dirty Door knob Neal Bloom copyright 2009   I'm primarily a listing agent but I do work with a few buyers now and then. It's just my plan and I'm good at what I do. But now there is another problem that most people don't even think about ...and thats catching potential dangerous germs from touching a doorknob.         Dealing with sellers only comes natural to me but there are times that I work with buyers and in this market you might have to show 30-40 properties to a buyer before they'll like what they see. Most of the properties I show are vacant and all I really need is a combination to the lockbox or my trusty supra key to gain access.... but you still need to turn every door knob to gain entry into the property. Did you ever think about how many different door knobs you might have to open in one day? It could be one or it could be ten. And if you end up spending a week with could end up opening a lot of doors. One thing that many agents don't realize is that a door knob is probably exposed to many germs. They're dirty and could carry many other diseases. Now I've never seen any documented proof that someone actually became deathly ill but I can tell you that I'm living proof that you can catch a nasty cold from touching too many. I'm sure that there are agents out there who never even think about going to wash their hands after turning so many door knobs. We all get busy and we don't think about it. Dirty Door knobs-Neal Bloom copyright 2009 Here's a perfect example of what I'm talking about...last year this young couple wanted to see everything on the market in a specific area. They planned on being in town for two weeks and I thought that if I showed them everything available ...then maybe they would make an offer. I spent two weeks and showed them approximately 40 properties. They were limited with their options. Within a few days after showing them throat became scratchy and I developed a really bad cold that lasted for about 3 weeks. About a week ago I was out making my rounds in a neighborhood where I have 8 listings and all of them are vacant.....two days later...I started to develop a similar cold. Could it be just a coincidence? Sure but since I live in Florida and it's normally very warm...there is a greater chance to pick up a bug. Germs love to grow here and that's why I'm just telling people to be careful. You just never know who has touched that door knob before you did or where their hands were. Now I can't prove it but you just have to figure that these door knobs are touched by different people almost everyday so the chances of picking up germs are high. I'm sure you won't find many people waxing their door knobs or cleaning them on a regular basis unless you're a bit of a germ freak. I know what you're going to say "Well if I handle a dirty door knob...then I should tell my client to be patient while I go find some soap and water and wash my hands." "So now I have to do this every time I open and close a door?" Here are a few suggestions to make our lives easier if you can't find any soap and water.

  • Before you clean your hands...try not to touch your nose or eyes.
  • Keep a box of sanitary wipes in your car. They are a great way to fight germs.
  • Keep a small bottle of baterial hand lotion with you.
  • Some Lysol will help reduce the germs you might be carrying on your clothes.

And you might want to offer it to your buyers as well....most would probably appreciate it. Feel free to add any other suggestions. For more information please contact Neal Bloom-CRS-Realtor® /Keller Williams Properties   Weston Realtor(R) Neal Bloom-copyright 2008 1625 N. Commerce Prkwy ,Suite 105 Weston FL 33326 (954)608-5556 Neal Bloom-CRS copyright 2008 Neal Blom Realtor CRS-copyright © 2011-All rights reserved     Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

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