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Ever walk into a home that is on the market and spy a basket near the door with little booties in it? Generally, there is a sign attached to the basket that asks visitors to remove their shoes and put on these slippers before walking through the home. Now, in some parts of the country where it snows, this might be a good idea, because it keeps a visitor's feet dry and comfortable, and it doesn't let people track snow or mud throughout the home.
But in other parts of the country, especially those where the weather is typically dry most of the year, some visitors feel that sellers who ask them to remove their shoes before previewing are a bit over the top with their concerns. Some of them feel insulted, and making a buyer feel insulted before a buyer has the chance to fall in love with your home is not good business practice. It has a lot to do with price, too. Buyers might feel more inclined to be inconvenienced if looking at a million-dollar-plus home, but they don't want to remove their shoes to tour a $200,000 vacant home, for example.
If the floors are not capable of handling traffic, maybe that home shouldn't be on the market, you think? But there are other ways to turn off buyers who have come to see your home.
Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate, midtown Sacramento office. Selling since 1974. Homebuying expert at About.com. Best short sale agent in Sacramento. Elizabeth sells homes from Galt to Lincoln.
Author Bio: Elizabeth Weintraub is a Sacramento real estate broker, author, home buying guide for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a Land Park agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully closes short sales throughout Sacramento four-county area. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you.