Shoe Booties are there for a reason...put them on!

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Shoe Booties are there for a reason...put them on!shoe booties

Have you ever seen a property for sale and find signs that say “Shoes off, please”?  


And in many cases, there will be shoe booties available for people to put on in case they don’t take their shoes off.


It isn’t just during inclement weather when REALTORs place booties by the door for people to wear. There are simple reasons why this request is made.

  • Owners and their agents want to keep the place looking as neat and clean as possible
  • Sometimes, it’s for cultural or religious reasons where people in their daily lives refrain from using shoes in the house


The honorable thing to do is to observe that request.

I’ve had some people ignore that request. Even some real estate agents refuse to take their shoes off. Well heck, in that case, put on the booties especially if they’re provided at the property. What's more disturbing about these agents is that they set the wrong examples for their clients. Blatant disregard for a simple request does not reflect well on them.

It shouldn’t be too much to ask. It’s a matter of respect for the owners’ wishes.

 

 

NOTE: There are anti-skid booties like these ones found on Amazon.com 

 

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  1. Joe Jackson 12/01/2012 09:26 PM
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Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

As Realtors, we need to respect the wishes of the Seller, whether or not we agree with the request.  Booties are definitely a hazard on hardwood floors as Wallace mentioned. Realtors can indicate in their showing instructions that they request buyers to remove their shoes or wear booties.

Dec 01, 2012 12:48 PM #23
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EMILIA B COOPER, REALTOR® SFR.NCHSE.AHWD
LAROSA REALTY - Orlando, FL
Short Sales, Foreclosure & Bank Owned Real Estate

Very good subject on your blog, thanks for sharing Pacita!

Dec 01, 2012 12:53 PM #24
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Chris Ann --- I know of a few agents who actually bring their own shoe covers, especially during broker's tours where they see a number of properties.

Steve --- soetimes, we don't see the Shoes Off note until we're actually inside the property.I have yet to have a client refuse to take shoes off or put on booties

Wallace --- the booties I use are anti-skid. And I do put a stool or a chair next to the basket of booties so that people can sit down while they put them on.

Maureen --- it becomes more important to put on the booties when it's rainy and wet outside. Even if one keeps using the floor mats, it doesn't remove all the moistur or grime. So disposable shoe covers are appreciated.

Al --- some owners would specifically ask spiked heels to be removed or covered especially when walking over hardwood floors.

Dec 01, 2012 01:46 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Kathy -- the operative word here is respect -- respect for the owner's wishes. If one is a guest in someone's home, and the owner requests that shoes are removed, and if booties are provided, it seems we should respect those wishes. 

Paul -- I have two sets of booties --- one by the front door, and one by the back door. And when I see people go out the yard wearing their booties, I ask them to put on new ones before coming back in. Common sense isn't so common.

Cindy --- I thought so, too. At least the people are given the choice of removing their shoes or putting on booties.

Joanna -- some of my friends have baskets of freshly laundered sock and slippers by the door. That's a clever reminder to remove one's shoes.

Karen Anne --- you're right. If people can see how meticulous home owners are, it may give the imprression of how well-cared the property is.

 

Dec 01, 2012 01:51 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Pacita, we had a Seller this summer who required booties for people coming in the house. Her daughter was really afraid of germs coming into the house.We just took our shoes off and they didn't mind that. I prefer that to the booties. I also had to remove heels at a home recently for the reason of walking on the floors, and they were not even spiked ones.

Sharon

Dec 01, 2012 01:52 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Joan ---I will respect those wishes, whether they're for my listings or not. It seems to be the right thing to do.

Sharon -- if people don't want to wear booties, they can take their shoes off. Simple solution.  An even better solution is for the realtor to provide anti-skid booties.

Emilia -- I didn't think this would be an interesting topic, but I thought I'd share. Thanks for the kind words.

Dec 01, 2012 01:53 PM #28
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
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Pacita - And, my husband wonders why I own mostly slip on shoes. LOL

Dec 01, 2012 01:58 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Christine --- I'm the same way.  I have "sliders" --- slide in and slide out  :)

Dec 01, 2012 02:03 PM #30
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John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Pacita  As a rule I ALWAYS remove my shoes when I go into someones home.  If the owners are there I explain if someone tracks mud into their home, it wasn't me!  This practice is very common in ranching communities.  So, in the morning I need to know if I'm walking vacant land and need my lace boots or showing homes and need slippers.   I HATE TO LACE BOOTS ON AND OFF!

Dec 01, 2012 02:11 PM #31
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

John -- nice practice/habit. Have you thought of moccasins, Deck shoes, or velcro instead of laces? I know an agent who uses Dansko shoes. Easy on, easy off.

Dec 01, 2012 02:13 PM #32
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I always take off my shoes when I show homes even if there are no booties. It is nice of agents to provide booties when they expect us to take off sheos at the door.

Dec 01, 2012 08:08 PM #33
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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All I can say is never be snooty when wearing a Real Estate bootie.....Bad bootie etiquette can be a faux pas

Dec 01, 2012 09:53 PM #34
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Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
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Pacita, provocative subject.  I never mind removing shoes IF booties are available and IF I've been notified in advance.

Dec 01, 2012 10:00 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Gita --- I try to be respectful as well, especially if the carpets are light-colored.

Richie -- you'rea  poet!

Mona --- I didn't know this would be "provocative" but it looks like some folks have strong feelings about it.

Dec 02, 2012 02:17 AM #36
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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

With our lovely weather here in Chicago, I am always prepared to put booties on.  What I don't like are accompanied showings where the listing agent wants our shoes off but doesn't provide booties!  

Dec 02, 2012 07:16 AM #37
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Barbara Bartell-Kamp
Keller Williams NY Realty - White Plains, NY
Westchester County NY Rentals, Condos, Coops, Home

I keep a few sets in my glove compartment in case those "remove" shoes signs are up when enter house or its in agent remarks.  Some people can't or don't want to remove their shoes, so the booties are a great option.

Dec 02, 2012 07:19 AM #38
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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
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I take my shoes off when I enter my own home and do the same when I'm showing a home UNLESS I take a look at the carpet and see it's dirty.  Then I'm likely to leave my shoes on but I will make sure I'm not dragging any leaves in before I step on the carpet.

Dec 02, 2012 07:45 AM #39
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Margaret --- You probably need a different kind of bootie that we do....

Barbara --- I also have some booties in my car just in case.

Cindy --- this is why it's always a good idea to keep booties handy, or have a pair of socks you can slip on.

Dec 02, 2012 09:37 AM #40
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Pacita:

I agree when sellers ask that shoes be removed or booties offered, we and our clients should comply with the seller's wishes.  However, I hope that the seller provides a chair so people can remove their shoes or put booties on without having to hop around on one foot while doing the job.

Dec 03, 2012 04:39 AM #41
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Evelyn

It's not always required to have shoe covers...but when there is inclement weather, and when the agent provides them (plus a chair to sit on), then we should comply

 

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