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Richard Mize: Cool off after door-to-door sales pitch

Don’t let anybody rush you
by Richard Mize Published: July 26, 2014

Last Saturday night, at 8:30, a young guy came to my door peddling a home security system upgrade.

I listened. We talked for 30 minutes. Everything seemed fine. The information he had, the system and terms seemed like a good deal. He was good. He answered every question and concern I had.

As for timing the installation, he said the installers would alert me to when they would come, that there was no wiggle room with this special: I had to be home when they told me to be there. Made sense.

It being 9 on a Saturday night, I said sure, thinking it would be this week.

So I signed, obligating myself for a monthly payment for a long, long time.

And then he said the installers would be there, at the house, in 15 minutes.

Ah, he was not only good, but slick.

I had a moderate fit, excused myself to get a grip, then returned and told him that they most definitely would not be installing anything in my house starting at 9 on a Saturday night.

OK, OK, he said. How about 10 o’clock on Monday morning? That’s fine, I said. Still steamed, but still satisfied with what I’d done, I went to bed.

The next day brought the usual 13-hour third-Sunday day of church (Sunday school, morning service, afternoon prep, evening service, 90 miles away).

Monday morning, having slept on it twice, I had door-to-door salesman regret.

Wait, I thought: If I move and buy another house, the contract goes with me, and I’ll have to pay for the equipment that’s being installed for “free” now in the new place; and if I wind up renting, he said, I’ll have to negotiate to buy out the remainder of the contract.

Moving from our present house to another one within a few years is a real possibility. Moving into a rental is also more likely than ever.

Saturday, the salesman at my door caught me tired of body and weak of brain.

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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