This weekend I had an opportunity to view local homes that were placed on the Reston Home Tour here in Virginia, by their owners. The homes were lovely and my husband and I really enjoyed the opportunity to see them.
It was a little awkward, however, when at two of the homes the owners were present at the property. I felt, just like I do when I hold an open house, that the owners should have left the homes. The first time it happened I was a little uncomfortable when I realized that one of the "docents" was really the owner. I had to mentally review my previous comments to my husband about the property...I am pretty sure I had only been complimentary, but people need to realize that not everyone shares their vision (and taste). Of the two homes where the owners were present, one property had the owners serving as docents (sort of undercover) and at the other, they immediately introduced themselves (and in fairness to them, we slipped in just before the event ended). My preference was for the home where they introduced themselves; at least at that home I knew to expect them!
It is likely that most of us don't have homes that warrant being displayed in this fashion, but if you choose to participate in this type of event, I would recommend leaving the property. Trust those folks who are in charge, and those of us who have paid for the privilege of seeing your home, to take care of it and treat it respectfully. I would say the same for a real estate open house--and I do!
By the way, congratulations to the members of the Reston Historic Trust who sponsored this event. You all did a wonderful job!
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