Home Showing Tips for Sellers

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006
home showing tips for sellersEver 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.

Read more about How to Show a Home to Buyers.

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Rainer
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Brian Corwell
RE/MAX Sauk Valley - Sterling, IL
Sterling, Illinois Real Estate

I am in Northwestern Illinois and we get some pretty bad weather. I find most clients don't mind if we are are showing on one of those days when we have had snow, I feel it is a courtesy not to track thru with wet shoes.

At the NAR show in November there was a booth there that had a box with a long handle that automatically dispensed one of those shoe covers automatically as you put your shoe in the box.

 

Jan 12, 2008 02:34 PM #1
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John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana
I think the sellers should treat them as guests not family.  Leave the shoes on.
Jan 12, 2008 02:37 PM #2
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Adam Brett
The Adam and Eric Team - Fullerton, CA
The Adam and Eric Team, Setting the New Standard
Another way to do without the booties but to please your sellers is the roll down sticky plastic.  It stays in place and you don't have to worry about people complying.
Jan 12, 2008 02:39 PM #3
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Hi Brian and John: I wish I could run a poll. :)

A lot of times, I suspect agents want to create the illusion that a home is better than it actually is by demanding that buyers show it "respect" by removing their shoes. Buyers are smarter than that and don't fall for it. 

For newly finished floors, Adam, runners are an excellent alternative.


Jan 12, 2008 02:43 PM #4
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Jennifer Esposito
JenRan Realty, LLC - Woodstock, CT
Some floors are so flawless you wouldn't want to walk on them with shoes on.  Its still the seller's home until it sells and I don't think it is an unreasonable request.  At our house we remove our shoes at the door, if we didn't we'd have more mud indoors than out ;)
Jan 12, 2008 03:22 PM #5
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Jennifer Esposito
JenRan Realty, LLC - Woodstock, CT
Some floors are so flawless you wouldn't want to walk on them with shoes on.  Its still the seller's home until it sells and I don't think it is an unreasonable request.  At our house we remove our shoes at the door, if we didn't we'd have more mud indoors than out ;)
Jan 12, 2008 03:23 PM #6
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Tom Braatz
Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459 - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha

Elizabeth

I wish I could get my Sellers to listen to you.

Tom

Jan 12, 2008 04:16 PM #7
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
I was going to write another comment, but I just saw your wish to run a pol. You can run a poll! They're easy to create through www.polldaddy.com. I've run several.
Jan 12, 2008 05:36 PM #8
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Fran Gatti
RE/MAX Coastal Redwoods - Crescent City, CA
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Elizabeth,

Great suggestions and I couldn't agree more about the booties.  Maybe if the home has white carpet, but if a buyer has to put on booties to see the home, don't you think they're thinking, "I'm going to have to ask everyone who comes to visit to take off their shoes.  No way."

I would.

Jan 12, 2008 10:49 PM #9
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Hey Jennifer: My neighbor is a Sikh and, for religious reasons, her family and friends do not wear shoes in the home. When I come over to visit them, nobody has ever asked me to remove my shoes, nor would they. However, realizing that this is their preference, I do take off my shoes out of respect for them. But they do not feel disrespected if visitors leave their shoes on.

If a floor is so flawless it can't be walked upon, it is not a floor; it is a shrine.

Thanks, Tom.

Hi Lisa: I looked at polldaddy but it limits responses to 100.

Hi Fran: That's a good point. Most people don't remove their shoes, but if I had white carpeting, I'd probably do it. For some buyers, having to replace the carpeting with a more family-friendly color is too much work. 


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