Mona I love to re blog a post about my re blog. Seriously, you bring up some really good points and i am going to go buy my booties this week! Thanks for sharing the information
The subject of removing shoes before entering listings was inspired by a Joe Jackson reblog of an original Featured post by Pacita Dimacali. The premise of the posts and comments were mainly based on respect for sellers’ houses and acquiescing to THEIR wishes. To a point, I agree. Do I think it’s okay for sellers to request prospective buyers and their agents remove their shoes before entering their house? Sure, it’s their house. Do I think it’s okay to be apprised of this condition as we approach the house? No, I believe it’s deceptive not to have prior notice. Do I think it’s okay to make that request without making arrangements for foot covering for the visitors? Absolutely not. This should be a seller cost of doing business.
Roadblocks to showing a house could be anything. Lack of curb appeal, ratty looking front door, old cooking odors, stray pet hair or removing shoes could all be culprits. It’s one thing if showing instructions include removal of shoes ahead of time…buyers can decide to avoid looking at that house or we can be prepared with something to cover our clients’ feet. It’s inexcusable to wait until buyers arrive only to have them greeted with…welcome to this house, we want you to buy it but we don’t trust you not to respect it.
Personally? I keep a half dozen crime scene like booties in my tool kit. We’re prepared to leave the house in the same shape that we found it.
In summer, many clients are in sandals and I’d never subject them to placing their bare feet on someone else’s bathroom or kitchen floors...I don’t care how clean those floors appear. Some clients are in orthopedic shoes, or using walkers or wheelchairs…shall we subject them to endangering themselves by removing their footwear in order to look at a house?
In winter, we may all be wearing enclosed and warm shoes. Many houses we are looking at are vacant and unheated although the showing instructions still occasionally require removing footwear. Rarely have listing agents provided a chair to change shoes or booties to keep peoples’ feet from getting chilled.
Don’t get me wrong…I’m full of respect for peoples’ homes. I’m full of respect for my buyers and therefore keep booties in my vehicle. All I’m saying is let’s show a little of that respect in reverse. Sellers and their agents should think about this provision carefully, some buyers are offended to have to remove shoes. Others question whether the flooring will stand up to peoples’ shoes. If you have concerns about your flooring perhaps you should consider a good strong welcome mat or at the very least, advance notice about the need to remove shoes. If that’s a requirement to show, sellers should provide booties plus in the interest of safety also provide convenient sturdy seating for buyers who may be elderly or infirm. Booties are cheap…less than $30 for 300! They're a sellers’ cost of doing business.