One of the inconveniences of living in a rental property is the occasional rental inspection by the landlord or, more typically, the real estate agent. (Is there a fake estate agent?) Our property, fondly know to us as our home, endures such an inspection twice each year. I see the doctor less often than that. Normally, it’s not such a big deal but recently…
We got up, reluctantly ready to kick of the day’s routine and dragged ourselves out to the lounge where the family congregates in the morning. Our lounge, kitchen and dinning room are open plan with an island bench providing demarcation between the kitchen and the lounge. The kitchen’s lack of a proper pantry leaves us using the cupboards in the island bench for this purpose. Being fans of Asian food it was not really a challenge to guess that the wide brown stain forming an incursion pattern in the carpet along the cupboards, on the lounge room side was probably soy sauce. It was inspection day.
Paper towel was applied to the problem with extreme prejudice but to little effect. Oh well, we reasoned, we’re good tenants, it is what it is, we’ll just have to face the music. Nevertheless we decided to take appropriate measures to deal with this little infraction of responsibility. So I called one of the local carpet cleaners.
It was all very simple really. Having accepted our fate we made no supplications for a speedy job but the man turned up within the hour. He brought in his smaller, spot cleaning machine and we watched as he literally sucked up the soy sauce blight. This minor miracle was pleasing enough but as he left with the last of his equipment we realised we had dodged a bullet. The agent had not yet arrived and we were starting to feel pretty pleased with ourselves. The perfect crime, as they say.
Just as we started to enjoy the feeling that the day had done a complete one-eighty the agent knocked on the door and entered asking about the soy sauce stain. She had met with the cleaner like ships passing and details had been exchanged. At least the spot was no longer visible.