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we had the buyers come to our house on sunday with their guy for the home inspection. we werent there and i made sure i parked my 2320 in the garage in such a way it left space for them to be able to access the attic. i always leave the keys in it because its a safe neighborhood and i am terrible at keeping track of keys. i also had my leaf blower sitting in the bucket.

so when we came home the tractor seemed like it had been moved. the leaf blower was in front of the bucket, not in it. and the kicker, the keys were sitting on the hood.

i was furious. i threw a fit like my 2 year old would do. i mean who moves another mans machine for no reason without even calling and saying, hey could you come back and move this for us, or even ask if it is ok?

i wanted to start making calls to the realtor, the buyer, the inspector, etc...luckily it was about 10 pm when we got home and by the time i woke up on monday i had cooled off some.

the only other thing would be if the buyer has kids and they were playing on it. either way im still kinda ticked off.

so am i crazy? would this make any of you guys mad?
 

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Your not crazy at all, I would be ticked also. I think a phone call to the Realtor is needed to find out what happened.


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I you have all the right in world to find out the -- how and why --
I have the knee jerk syndrome also... sometime it serves me well and sometime with regret.

I am glad nobody was hurt...

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Oh man, that really bleeps. I would be livid. Whichever real estate representative was there should give you a straight answer if you ask calmly. After they answer, then let em have it if necessary.

Keep in mind that maybe the people had kids with them that were playing around with it so they took the keys out of the ignition while the kids were at the same time fumbling around with your blower. Maybe it's not really moved. That could just be an exaggeration of your perception.

I always leave my machine parked in Low or High range. It doesn't prevent everyone from touching it, but it will prevent many of them. Truthfully, though, if I knew I was going to have strangers poking around, I'd definitely have pulled the key.
 

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JR, we're on your side. I too know were and how I left my stuff. And it really burns me the lack of respect some people have for others and their property. Their answer is, " I wasn't hurt'in nothin'". They feel an excuse after the fact is better than asking up front, until they get caught. Sorry, but this is a sore spot with me. :nunu::bash::rocket: I'll bend over backwards if asked first though.

But, Chris is correct, enter the conversation calmly first as you will get better results and answers. Good luck.
 

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im gonna have our agent put her feelers out there. there was so much on i forgot to pull the key. and i also leave it in low range, it was in high range when i got home. at least i dont feel like a lunatic anymore for reacting the way i did. and i hear ya kenny, if they had asked i would have went straight home and moved it for them, no problem.
 

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we had the buyers come to our house on sunday with their guy for the home inspection. we werent there and i made sure i parked my 2320 in the garage in such a way it left space for them to be able to access the attic. i always leave the keys in it because its a safe neighborhood and i am terrible at keeping track of keys. i also had my leaf blower sitting in the bucket.
Sorry but if you are so concerned why were you not there? Seems to me you opened your house and all contents to all and then complain about it. I agree it may not be right but you basically said, help yourself.
 

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Sorry but if you are so concerned why were you not there? Seems to me you opened your house and all contents to all and then complain about it. I agree it may not be right but you basically said, help yourself.

Correct me if I am wrong, but when you sell your home, you are not welcome at many of the showing and inspections. When we sold our first home, it was a PITA to try to make sure everything worth anything was removed. Something as large as a tractor is not movable on a weekly basis along with everything else.

The lady that purchased ourt home came out every weekend until she moved in it to "look" at the home and we were asked to leave each time. Maybe its being young, but we left.
 

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Just because the keys were in the tractor doesn't mean they were invited to run it. they could have driven it through a wall or even injured someone with it... I would think finding out if they moved the tractor, why the keys were on the hood and why it was left in high speed gear is a smart thing to do.
 

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The sad part is, I am sure that if their stupid actions would have injured or damaged something they would have tried to place the liability on you. Oh I damaged the tractor and the garage your homeowners will cover it because I wasn't at fault.

I suppose if you left your keys in your nicely restored 66 Corvette it would have been ok to run up town for some cokes.

I don't think so they should keep their hands off your personal property period. I would be steamed as well and you have every right to be that way.
 

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I would be furious also. Lucky for you, you had the night to cool down some. I also tend to get hot quick and cool down with time, but in this case, I would still be upset. One of my favorite sayings is, "Take anything I've got, but don't mess with my dog, my Jeep and my John Deere tractor". I recall having to always being away when the realtor showed our house 26 years ago. I think we would all be interested to see what you find out.

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I'm probably on the "Dark-Side" of the audience on this one, but agree with Gizmo2. Your trying to sell a house. You said that if you got a call you could be home in minutes to move it. Was there ever any conversation that led them to believe that the Tractor went with the sale as a maintenance vehicle? I just think that if I'm trying to sell something, that I'd want to be there to explain the higher selling point of the property. Not saying that 'keys in the car' are a signal to drive it, but maybe it was a misunderstanding and the guy felt he'd raise the bid if the tractor was included. Bottom line, I'd need more info...... I think a 'level-headed' inquiry should be made to the real estate folks. But seems that might be difficult in your frame of mind. Thank God no one got hurt....!
~Scotty

Edit- After a re-read, you did not say you could be home in "minutes"! My 'Bad' ~S
 

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it is pretty standard that the owners not be present for the home inspection. ive bought and sold 2 houses now and every time there is no owner present at an inspection. i agree it was stupid of me to leave the keys in it, but i have 2 little kids and a dog to get packed up and go.

if there was a question of if the tractor went with the house that should have been discussed before this. so to clarify, these people already saw the house, made an offer, we accepted, so the next step is a home inspection prior to signing a purchase and sales agreement.
 

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Sorry but if you are so concerned why were you not there? Seems to me you opened your house and all contents to all and then complain about it. I agree it may not be right but you basically said, help yourself.
so would it have also been ok for them to eat the food in my fridge or borrow a pair of my underwear as well? i mean, i still live here and there are pretty clear boundaries. someone else's brand new tractor would be no different to me than putting on the owners pants and dancing around.
 

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Thanks jruffner! That clears up my issues. I just think that there was a misunderstanding on the Tractor inclusion, that may have led up to the purchaser seeing if it ran....! Sounds like your deal is 'closing'! Congrats! I'm not wandering into the Pants, Underwear, Refrigerator fray.......:laugh:
 

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Is the whole point here, you left the keys in the tractor and should not have? Maybe they did you a favor and removed the keys knowing you had two small children.
Again I will say if they did move it or the like it's not right but...I would call and ask what could it hurt.
 

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I dunno. Sure this is an irritant ... no one wants their stuff being messed with. However, in the grand scheme of things this is no big deal. You learned a lesson ... remove the key (even though admittedly you should not have to) in the future. It is not worth the aggravation that you seem to be going through. Life is too short.

As my old Dad would say "This is a p*** hole in the snowdrift".

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This would really tick me off as well...
plus, they had no way to know if the tractor was having issues and starting/moving it could have caused more problems...or,what if you had drained the oil and was picking some up while you were out? :mad:
 
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