Yesterday I showed a beautiful home in Arlington, Virginia. And a major feature was an obstructed, mostly "winter view" of the Potomac River. And even when the trees have all of their leaves, you can still see a tiny patch of Potomac from the far right hand corner of the balcony off the living room.
So, I opened the door and held it for my clients. We stepped out onto the balcony. Even without the river, the view was lovely. I heard one of the buyers take in a quick breath. I assumed it was the view until I looked up and saw one of the biggest spiders I've ever seen in my life right in the middle of a huge web - about half an inch from her face!
Now, I will say that the wonderful job the sellers did staging this home was not in vain. None of us had a crippling case of arachnophobia. But it's always amazing to me how easily it can come undone by the hard work of an inch-and-a-half long eight-legged chelicerate arthropod!