Selling your home is a lot of work. It's not so much the paper work involved, but keeping the place a-sparkle for showings. I like a clean house but I also have hobbies. I like to go out now and then. Sometimes I will eat a sandwich or play a tune. I have been known to garden and don't get me started on going cycling. Just don't. The point is that I don't want to be cleaning all the time. As a result, sometimes there is dust, or towels, or something evil that needs to be dealt with, like a wolverine in the basement, again.
I know, I can't have it both ways. If I want to sell the house, I must make sure that it's clean for each showing. But what I would like, is some sort of guarantee that, before I vacuum the finish off of the wood floors, the people coming through are really interested and not just "kicking tires." So how about a little something for the effort? How about a nice shiraz, or some bath salts, or bread that is really good toasted? How about a recipe for soup or a pack of 60 watt bulbs? What about dental floss? Everyone needs dental floss. Just something, anything to take away that clinical, intrusive flavour and give a nod to me, the homeowner.
You may think it petty, but this kind of offering would go a long way in making showings less of a pain. All I need to know is that you appreciate the work I did in lieu of you, a complete stranger, coming through my home; the place where I live, and think, and cheat at "Scrabble." I don't think it's too much to ask. Of course actually buying the house would trump any little gift of soaps or that tastefully appointed home suturing kit. But until that happens, I wouldn't dig around too much in the basement when you come. I haven't gotten to actually dealing with that wolverine yet. I've been kind of busy, you know, doin' stuff.