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Old 04-12-2007, 01:46 AM
 
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Sellers, do you ask that potential clients take their shoes off in your house?

Buyers, do you mind when sellers ask you to remove their shoes?

The last house we sold I was once on the way out the garage door and heard a woman say to her realtor "Do we really have to take off our shoes?" And the realtor said "That's what the sign says". And the woman huffed.

I just had my hardwoods refinished in Jan and carpets cleaned this week.
What's the verdict? Shoes or no shoes?

Thanks!
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Old 04-12-2007, 04:53 AM
 
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Having looked at many houses for sale over the last few years, both in CT and NC, I did run into a few places in NC asking us to remove shoes. I didn't really mind, although had I realized it, I would have not worn laced shoes : ) Plus, we had our family with us, so seven people had to remove/replace their shoes each time...I see why they ask that, it wasn't offensive, many feet make for tracks. Maybe place a basket for the shoes and a chair or bench to sit on to put them back on. A few places, I had to sit on the stoop to put the toddler's shoes on, and it had rained...
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Old 04-12-2007, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Have your agent put it in the showing instructions, so they know when they are making the appointment. Put a small sign at the door to remind them.
I caution my Buyers to wear kick-off/slip-on shoes so they aren't stuck lacing up in a home with no furniture to sit on.

No shoes is fine. If the home is really clean.
We left a house one day and I glanced at my notes and said, "Whoops. We were supposed to remove our shoes in there." We broke up laughing. The place was just filthy.

Also, we were in a couple of vacant homes recently where the Sellers demanded no shoes and had turned off the heat. Not a good showing presentation!
Buyers liked one, and I said, "Put your shoes on. It is too cold in here to walk around in socks on wood and tile floors."
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:15 AM
 
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Default I vote for NO shoes!

If you've worked hard at getting your place cleaned up and in "show-shape", I think you would have every right to ask that. As a buyer, I wouldn't find it a big deal. But then again, we always take our shoes off when we enter a home...ANY home. I think it's part of the Asian culture/influence here in Hawaii. I know in the new SDs here, they have clear signs on the front door that says "No shoes, food, drink...etc."

It might take a while to get used to when we make the move...leaving our shoes on. I just think it's kind of weird! Think of all the yucky stuff that's at the bottom of your shoes...and you're tracking that all over the house! Eeewww!!!
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:22 AM
 
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I don't particularly like removing my shoes when looking, although I'll do it. Doesn't start me off "on a good foot" though.

I prefer when people have those little blue booties (like in hospitals) available which I can put right over my shoes. Protects their floors/carpets, I don't have to remove my shoes. Best of both worlds.
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Old 04-12-2007, 07:40 AM
 
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It doesn't bother me if people wear their shoes while viewing our home. Lord knows my family doesn't always remove their shoes when they come in so I'd be hard pressed to think it is a potential buyer messing the floors but rather some "little feet" that LIVE here!
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:02 AM
 
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Get the "hospital blue boots shoe cover" that was mentioned. They are great. Ah and let me know where did you buy them because I can't find them at the stores
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:12 AM
 
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Sellers could just put down plastic or carpet runners in the high traffic areas and avoid the situation entirely.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Sellers could just put down plastic or carpet runners in the high traffic areas and avoid the situation entirely.
Not a bad idea.
But... if you ever tour with kids, the runner had better be room-sized.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Austin TX
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I never mind if there is a little sign saying to take your shoes off. In fact, I often take them off without being asked if I see pristeen carpets on the main level. We have a no shoes rule at our house. It's not cultural or anything - I just hate to vaccuum
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