to ask house viewers to remove shoes before going upstairs?!

(215 Posts)
HollieHelen Wed 18-Sep-13 09:43:36

I am really new to this as have never sold a house before. We are having the first estate agent round today to value our house, and then I want to get it on the market as soon as. Just thinking ahead to viewings ... would it sound awful to ask prospective buyers to take their shoes off before going upstairs?! It's bound to be terrible weather when they view and muddy etc. We have beige carpet ... fairly forgiving but does show marks. As a family we do no shoes upstairs but I know that might not be fair on visitors!!

Eastpoint Wed 18-Sep-13 09:45:19

We have been househunting & generally been asked to take off our shoes on entering properties. No problem as far as I can see.

CaptainCapybara Wed 18-Sep-13 09:46:15

Yes sorry that would be unreasonable if you want people to enjoy viewing your house and want to buy it. We moved recently and its annoying having strangers traipse round dirtying the floors but you just have to suck it up and clean up once they have gone.

Shakirasma Wed 18-Sep-13 09:46:34

It would piss me off tbh. I would be looking for a house where I felt really comfortable and at home, you request may alter the feel of the place.

Jan49 Wed 18-Sep-13 09:52:31

No, I think it would be unreasonable. I think the request sounds really unwelcoming. I would feel uncomfortable and a bit silly walking around a stranger's house in tights/socks/bare foot. Just make sure there's a mat that they can wipe their feet on when they come in.

But that's just me. Actually when we sold our house last year, lots of viewers asked if they should take their shoes off. I said no.

HollieHelen Wed 18-Sep-13 09:53:42

Ok, thank you! Need to shop for a new doormat on Friday smile

Mumsyblouse Wed 18-Sep-13 09:56:18

Lots of people will offer to take their shoes off anyway it's more normal now. I would have good mats downstairs and then just suck it up though, you can't really insist if they don't offer, and fresh mud/marks will lift out with a spray carpet cleaner (the foamy ones).

sarahtigh Wed 18-Sep-13 09:58:42

definitely do not ask then to, even if they offer say well if you want to but it's not necessary,

livinginwonderland Wed 18-Sep-13 10:00:08

You may find most people ask anyway, but I wouldn't insist on it. Just get a good doormat and make sure they wipe their feet!

Could you get something like these and put them on the stairs - Clear Stair Carpet Protectors
or get this and put it everywhere you don't want marks on the carpet:

peachmint Wed 18-Sep-13 10:01:17

It would put me right off, sorry.

soimpressed Wed 18-Sep-13 10:01:52

I wouldn't mind at all. We don't wear shoes upstairs at home so would think nothing of taking my shoes off when viewing a house.

Wishfulmakeupping Wed 18-Sep-13 10:03:46

Actually it would make me think the house is being looked after better if you asked me shows you are keeping the carpets nice Iyswim I think do it

TTTatty Wed 18-Sep-13 10:04:00

We have been house viewing the last few months (fingers crossed 'our' house will go through in the next few weeks) and we frequently took our shoes off, the house we put an offer in was one where we were asked to remove shoes - I quite liked it - showed a concern in keeping their house nice, made me feel they had looked after the house in other ways too iykwim?

Osmiornica Wed 18-Sep-13 10:04:39

We've been house hunting recently and yes, this does put us off. We don't wear shoes in our house but didn't ask anyone to take theirs off when they were viewing.

One house we went to asked us to put shoe protectors on as soon as we walked into the house. It didn't exactly give us a warm fuzzy feeling about the house and made us feel uncomfortable although I'm sure if it was the perfect one it might not have mattered.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 18-Sep-13 10:05:20

Even if I agreed with 'your house your rules', the problem is that the whole point is you want it not to be your house - so if you want them to start thinking of it as their house, and feeling comfortable in it and about it, I don't think you should tell them to take their shoes off, no.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 18-Sep-13 10:05:23

I don't mind at all and actually always offer - I think it's normal, natural and good manners. Lots of people don't want the dirt from outside trekked through the house - selling or not.

I'm not so good in my own house blush but that's my choice.

tory79 Wed 18-Sep-13 10:06:31

At every house we went to view we asked if they wanted us to take our shoes off. Actually no one asked us to but it wouldn't have bothered me at all if they'd said yes.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Wed 18-Sep-13 10:07:47

Mind you, we viewed a house the other week that had carpets downstairs - the agent had his shoes on and it was dry outside, we started to take our shoes off and he said it was fine not to, so we left them on... walked around the entire downstairs then when we went to go upstairs he asked us to remove our shoes - which was fine, I didn't mind, but frankly after walking around their nice cream carpets downstairs seemed a little pointless grin

(same carpet through out and no cultural differences?!)

JustBecauseICan Wed 18-Sep-13 10:08:46

I think buyers should offer, but I don't think sellers should ask.

It's no biggie in the scheme of things.

i would have absolutely no problem taking my shoes off. i would offer to.

it would not bother me in the slightest, and i'd feel happier about the carpet being clean inside.

Osmiornica Wed 18-Sep-13 10:12:40

I think TheOriginalSteaming is right, you end up feeling like you're a nuisance guest in their house whereas the sellers should be giving the potential buyers the feeling that it could be their house.

We offered but the house owners waved it off and said no dont worry, but tbh Id rather take them off as I dont wear shoes indoors so I actually felt a bit umcomfortable grin, still bought the house tho.

orangepudding Wed 18-Sep-13 10:56:51

My house is currently on the market. I don't wear shoes indoors. Out of 7 viewers only one hasn't taken off their shoes. Everyone else has done it without being asked.

starfishmummy Wed 18-Sep-13 11:12:39

It would put me off too. I am house trained and know how to wipe my feet. Also I would be arriving by car and do not generally walk through mud or puddles.

Also J would not be to happy walking around some one else's floors without shoes. Who knows how dirty the floors might be

FatPenguin Wed 18-Sep-13 11:57:25

I don't understand why people get so offended when asked to take their shoes off, especially in this weather. I wouldn't walk around my own home in shoes - my floors are clean and stay clean if people don't wear shoes indoors.
As a pp said, it shows you want to keep the carpets clean which would be a selling point to me.

beginnings Wed 18-Sep-13 12:11:31

I wouldn't object and have always offered when I've been to view houses. We have hard floors downstairs so I don't ever expect people to do so in my house but I do like it if they offer or do it automatically when they go upstairs. I would always go to see a house in decent socks smile

LoopThePoop Wed 18-Sep-13 12:16:39

We've viewed houses that had shoe covers at the front door.
I don't know where they bought them though.

They're those blue plasticky ones. They are a great idea IMO. nice little basket at the door and just pop them over the shoe.

weaselish Wed 18-Sep-13 13:14:55

No problem to ask people to take their shoes off - it would make me feel like the house was well looked after, and indeed when we were looking to buy a house a few years ago, we always offered.

Beccagain Wed 18-Sep-13 13:19:10

I am definitely in the camp of generally thinking that people who ask you to take your shoes off on entering are bonkers at best and inhospitable at worst. HOWEVER............

if I were buying your house I would be impressed that you were so anal meticulous about it and that would probably encourage me to think that it was well kept in other areas too! grin

StuntGirl Wed 18-Sep-13 13:21:56

All these peole getting their knickers in a twist over taking off do know these people don't come wth the house, right? grin They won't be there demanding you remove your shoes once it's yours!

HollieHelen Wed 18-Sep-13 13:23:49

Yep, anal fussy and obsessive is right, Beccagain!
I'll see what the agent does when he visits later and ask his views too maybe ...

BrokenSunglasses Wed 18-Sep-13 13:25:54

It will put buyers off, and it's rude anyway.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Wed 18-Sep-13 13:26:22

It would just make me think that the house had those annoying carpets that showed every mark. That would not be a selling point to me.

I wouldn't, I was asked to remove my shoes when viewing a house once. I spent the entire viewing looking at the carpet and grumbling that it wasn't even that new or clean. There was also a truly awkward moment at the end as we all crammed into the hallway to put our shoes back on and the estate agent was left talking to my bottom as I bent over. We did not buy the house.

LeaningTowerOfGaffney Wed 18-Sep-13 13:29:48

I wouldn't mind at all. I usually offer to take off my shoes. And I agree with wishful - it would make me think that the current owners had looked after the house and taken pride in it.

whois Wed 18-Sep-13 13:30:41

I would be happy to take my shoes off. My DO would not be happy, he hates taking of his shoes and putting them back on again, it's a major performance for him. He probably wouldn't bother to look round the house!

Bowlersarm Wed 18-Sep-13 13:31:42

I would find it quite demeaning to be asked.

PeazlyPops Wed 18-Sep-13 13:38:17

YABU. I'd take my shoes off anyway though.

I really don't get why some people are so attached to their shoes, and would be upset if asked to remove them!

ilikemysleep Wed 18-Sep-13 13:55:24

I might feel mildly uncomfortable if I hadn't thought to offer, but am very surprised that people are saying that the fact that the current owner asked them to take their shoes off would prevent them spending a couple of hundred grand on a house that is otherwise just right. I just don't believe that smile

ilikemysleep Wed 18-Sep-13 14:00:10

'Darling, it's in the right location, lovely garden, you could move right in, the bedrooms are good sizes, off road parking, we can afford it...what do you think?'

'I don't know Sweetheart. I felt a bit uncomfortable for a second when the current owner asked us to take our shoes off...'

'Yes, dear, you are absolutely right. Let us never speak of this house again...'

Catsize Wed 18-Sep-13 14:00:21

You're selling the place. Do you really care?

StuntGirl Wed 18-Sep-13 14:19:17

ilikemyseleep grin

LeaningTowerOfGaffney Wed 18-Sep-13 14:19:33

Catsize I think the OP isn't keen on cleaning up after each viewer, which she'll need to do if she wants the house to look nice for other viewers.

ilikemysleep grin

HH personally I wouldn't ask viewers to take their shoes off because it gives the impression that the carpets are really impractical and will show every mark. That's a negative (even though it's not a big deal in the scheme of things for a purchaser to buy new carpets if they want) and it's best to try and avoid negatives as much as possible. I find most people offer to remove their shoes when they come to my home but I usually say it's OK not to; make people as comfortable as possible, just put good doormats at every entrance and deal with the dirt if it happens.

InSpaceNooneCanHearYouScream Wed 18-Sep-13 18:00:27

I wouldn't dream of asking ANYONE to take their shoes off when coming into my house. If they leave mud, you clean it.

pinkstinks Wed 18-Sep-13 18:02:06

Do estate agents actually take off their shoes when showing someone around a house? Bizarre. Do phil and Kirsty? Noone has done this or asked to when we have been renting... Also if I took my shoes off I would be so embarrassed by my little cheese boats sad

Coconutty Wed 18-Sep-13 18:03:31

I asked when we sold our last house and would do it again. Sold it quickly so didn't put them off!

exoticfruits Wed 18-Sep-13 18:07:55

Basically you will upset about half the prospective buyers-but funny owners won't put them off if they really want it-so it is up to you.

MrsMook Wed 18-Sep-13 18:08:58

Asking sets an unwelcoming atmosphere which could put people off. When we bought our house, I had baby attached to my chest in a carrier, so it would have been blooming awkward wobbling around on one leg in a narrow hallway. Potential buyers don't tend to come in fresh from yomping in muddy fields.

diddl Wed 18-Sep-13 18:12:47

I say ask-then you'll only get interested people-the others can strop off home!

ANomNomNom Wed 18-Sep-13 18:14:50

The estate agent should ask them. It is a totally normal thing to do unless the house was a real do'er up'er.
You could also leave a row of shoes next to the front door so that it is more obvious that its a no shoes house.
I also think it is ok to ask people directly too.

Obviously, if someone was elderly, pregnant, carrying a baby or disabled you don't ask.

TerribleTeenTweenTwinsTantrumm Wed 18-Sep-13 18:28:29

YANBU at all. I would be happy to comply as it our house rule anyway and it would make me think the house has been kept clean and I would'nt need to rush out straight away to buy new carpets!

I have sold 6 houses in my time and have always told the agent from the get go that viewers would have to take their shoes off so they knew before coming. Maybe that's an idea so the viewees make sure they have clean socks on?

If it offended anyone, well mehhh, that would show whether they were serious about looking around. Why would I want to have to clean the floors after viewings to avoid a tiny inconvenience to strangers who would probably not put an offer in anyway.

Hate, hate shoes in the house. I like my DCs to be able to crawl/lay on/pick food up off the floor without worrying what crap has been walked in from outside. I am a bit anal though me grin.

everlong Wed 18-Sep-13 18:34:24

I'm not sure tbh.

We are a ' shoe off indoor house ' but when we had our house up for sale earlier this year we decided not to ask folk.

Most people were really good and took them off without being asked, only one couple walked wet/slushy/dirty snow through the hall saying ' oh no look at the floor oops ' bastards

UnicornsNotRiddenByGrownUps Wed 18-Sep-13 18:37:54

I like it. It would make me consider the fact that the carpets should be clean and therefore won't need replacing.

I don't do shoes on in the house either though but evidently there's loads of people of MN who do get offended.

dubdurbs Wed 18-Sep-13 18:38:33

We sold a home that we had recently put solid wood floors in, we always go without shoes so it was in really good condition. However, during oneof the viewings, someone wore stilletto heels and really badly damaged the floor, they were either doing a dance or extremely heavy on their feet, and the damage couldnt be fixed. Even though we were selling, it was still pretty upsetting to see that someone could be so disrespectful of what was still our home, and we subsequently had an offer on the house that was significantly lower than we had asked for-the reason given was that the wood floors were in shockingly bad conditionand would need to be replaced.

You are NOT being unreasonable here OP, its still your home so make allthe requests you like!!

CharlieCoCo Wed 18-Sep-13 18:40:52

well it would suck if one of the viewers got the carpet dirty and stained when you are trying to sell it, would they want to move into a new house with a dirty carpet..

specialsubject Wed 18-Sep-13 18:42:29

perfectly reasonable, especially on wet days. I wouldn't tramp mud through my house, why would I through anyone else's? You say 'wipe your feet' but it doesn't always get mud, or worse, off. Unless the car is parked so you step out of it and straight into the house, you will be walking through puddles if it is raining.

House viewing at the moment and the ones who clearly have lovely new carpets have asked for shoes off.

most normal people wear socks or tights. You aren't on their carpets barefoot. And even if you are, you won't catch anything.

when you buy it, you can do as you like.

ThePuffyShirt Wed 18-Sep-13 18:45:03

If it was raining, I would remove my shoes. But I would not like being asked to do so.

IrisWildthyme Wed 18-Sep-13 18:45:10

It would definitely put me off - I'd take my shoes off without complaint but I would be very unlikely to buy that house.

StuntGirl Wed 18-Sep-13 18:51:46

I honestly don't know why this subject offends people so much!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 18-Sep-13 18:53:45

Well, it's fine to ask, and it's still your house, but there is a fair contingent here saying it would put them off... So, there are the facts and it's your call!

amothersplaceisinthewrong Wed 18-Sep-13 18:54:11

It would piss me off,

Snelldog Wed 18-Sep-13 18:56:04

I would do automatically. Don't think it is unreasonable at all

AidanTheRevengeNinja Wed 18-Sep-13 18:57:21

I wouldn't mind if asked nicely, in a sort of friendly apologetic "would you mind awfully" kind of way. Do you have a crawling baby you can use as an excuse? Or can you invent one? grin

Snelldog Wed 18-Sep-13 18:57:51

It happened a lot when we were looking. One house provided disposable shoe covers!

roundtable Wed 18-Sep-13 18:59:49

I don't know why a lot of subjects about the littlest things really offend some posters.

I think some people think things are a reflection on them when it's just a standard ask.

Op, I wouldn't be offended if you asked but I'd probably already have offered. It's been raining loads here, it's common courtesy imo.

Saffyz Wed 18-Sep-13 19:01:08

It would put me off. I'd think if you were strict on such a small thing, you'd be a difficult seller to work with.

StuntGirl Wed 18-Sep-13 19:01:55

And I have to say - anyone who refuses to buy a house because the previous owners politely asked them to remove their shoes is a bit of a nutter anyway, so forget them!

WhoNickedMyName Wed 18-Sep-13 19:03:33

We've asked at every viewing if the house owners would like us to remove our shoes.

We didn't make our viewers remove shoes as we have no carpet anywhere.

PoppadomPreach Wed 18-Sep-13 19:03:53

I think YANBU - and it would make me more keen on house as it shows care is taken to keep things clean.

But it does amaze me how this issue completely polarises people. There have been a couple of threads where it got really quite heated when the issue of shoe removal was discussed!

Relaxedandhappyperson Wed 18-Sep-13 19:05:35

Yabu. Totally.

I've bought a few houses, done loads of viewings and never been asked to take my shoes off.damn g

Relaxedandhappyperson Wed 18-Sep-13 19:07:15

Damn good thing too.

I think it's a class thing though and the sort of people that own the type of houses I look at aren't the precious-about-the-carpet types.

<pmt may have made me a bit more blunt than usual>

Floggingmolly Wed 18-Sep-13 19:11:59

Yes if course it's ok. The prospective purchasers are not visitors and the "welcome" they receive will have no impact on how they see your house. They're not moving in with you; you as a person are fairly irrelevant.

Saffyz Wed 18-Sep-13 19:25:43

If you don't mind Hyacinth Bucket buying your house I'm sure it's fine grin

maddening Wed 18-Sep-13 19:28:53

It is not unusual to be asked to remove your shoes - I gave a lift to a friend going to view a house and the estate agent asked us to remove our shoes and she did also

member Wed 18-Sep-13 19:31:15

I tend to offer if I'm confident my feet/shoes don't smell but not everyone is comfortable walking around in stockinged soles. I'd buy shoe covers & politely request they're used.

NotYoMomma Wed 18-Sep-13 19:37:10

I would not be impressed and wouldnt buy the house.

honestly even if I liked it

NotYoMomma Wed 18-Sep-13 19:39:17

I would actually say no, then view the house and then not buy it. just to piss them off

or I would take off my shoes and socks and wander round and then express concern that I hope they didnt catch my fungal nail infectionand athletes foot.

BoffinMum Wed 18-Sep-13 19:40:28

I don't take shoes off in strangers' houses unless my shoes are likely to stain their carpets. But I like to decide, rather than be policed. I am a grown up.

wordfactory Wed 18-Sep-13 19:44:39

I wouldn't ask.

And I have to say I've viewed and bought oddles of property over the years and never been asked.

wanderings Wed 18-Sep-13 22:06:27

"My name is Bouquet, that's b-u-c-k-e-t. I don't like tradesmen in my house at the best of times, they carry dust. Now Richard, dear, that estate agent who brought those common people round to see my residence didn't tell them to take their shoes off. I want you to complain to his superiors. Be scathing, Richard; crush them."

noviceoftheday Wed 18-Sep-13 22:10:04

We're just about to put our house on the market. We are normally a no shoe house (beige carpets here too). No way will be asking potential house viewers to do the same as it might put them off!

WafflyVersatile Wed 18-Sep-13 22:16:45

I would not be pleased to have to take off my shoes to view a property. I wouldn't be expecting it and I'd be too busy feeling embarrassed if my feet were a mess or socks holey or feet smelly to feel comfortable in what you are hoping is my new home.

If I loved a property I would not be put off by having to do this but it might affect whether I love it or not. So much is instinctive when buying a home.

Why on earth would it put you off buying it? That's so bizarre! Does it really matter that much that the current owner doesn't want mud tracked over their beige carpets. You do realise that if you bought it you can then make your own rules?!

Can't believe people are saying even if they liked it they wouldn't buy it. That's the ultimate example of cutting off your nose to spite your face.

I would offer to take mine off - it feels all wrong walking around on carpet with shoes on because I would never do it at home.

I would hope that if they sellers wanted me to take my shoes off they would tell me.

Since people seem so split, perhaps you are just going to have to play it by ear OP?

pigsDOfly Wed 18-Sep-13 22:19:03

When I was looking at houses I always offered to remove my shoes or was asked by the house owner. Never bothered me.

And when potential tenants came to rent my house the agent always removed his shoes and asked the viewers to do the same.

It seems to be the usual practice for a lot of people. Don't understand why it makes some people so uncomfortable. I'd feel really uncomfortable walking around someone else's home in my outdoor shoes.

bimbabirba Wed 18-Sep-13 22:21:33

Of course YANBU
It's your house, you decide.
We've recently moved into a house that went in the market in February and had an open weekend. I remember very well that the estate agent told us to remove our shoes to go upstairs. Did that annoy us or put us off buying the house? Of course not!

WafflyVersatile Wed 18-Sep-13 22:23:21

What mud?

When you walk into a prospective home, you want to be able to see it as your home. If you feel awkward it won't feel much like a prospective home. Those old tv shows would show people being put off because they couldn't visualise a blue hallway as magnolia! 'ooh, no I don't like it. the hall is blue'. People are put off by so many random things.

That said it may be a sellers' market where you are in which case do what you like.

bimbabirba Wed 18-Sep-13 22:24:47

Or you can provide shoe covers like someone else suggested

MidniteScribbler Wed 18-Sep-13 22:27:55

I'm selling and house hunting at the moment. I actually wear my slip on shoes to any viewings. They look a bit like this. No need to fiddle with shoes, don't have to put DS down, just feet in and out and go. Some agents say to take to them off, some don't. I'm looking at the house, not questioning the manners of the owners. In fact, owners shouldn't even be in the house while I'm there anyway, so how would they know if I have them on or off?

When it comes to my house, I would prefer they take them off (new carpet), but I have no idea if the agent asks them to or not. It's been raining here for weeks on end, so hopefully they do, but I do have a couple of good doormats they have to walk across to get in to the house, so hopefully most shoes are fairly clean.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 18-Sep-13 22:31:34

To be honest, I would like the home owner rather less from that point on, and be more likely to spot, and mind about, any problems I saw with the house. It's not about whether you want your carpets to stay nice, it's about whether you want to risk annoying and alienating people who you want to buy your house off you!

carolmillen Wed 18-Sep-13 22:35:05

If you want to sell your house, I wouldn't make an issue of it. Little things can put off prospective buyers.

PughPughBarneyMcgrew Wed 18-Sep-13 22:41:38

If you are selling the house, does it matter if the floors get dirty?

Britishseamonkey Wed 18-Sep-13 22:48:00

Personally I wouldn't mind, but I can see how some people would. That said if its really miserable outside and people's shoes are really undeniably caked in mud/snow etc I wouldn't hesitate. I'd be mortified if I realised I was leaving a trail of muddy footprints in someone's home, viewing or not. General muck/dust you may have to just take a deep breath and deal with tho

MissBetseyTrotwood Wed 18-Sep-13 22:54:34

I took my shoes off when viewing houses. It's just respectful I think. It's still the sellers home.

sameoldIggi Wed 18-Sep-13 23:01:39

Has no-one mentioned the dog poo yet? wink

ANomNomNom Wed 18-Sep-13 23:35:24 but we all were thinking about it. hmm

StuntGirl Wed 18-Sep-13 23:54:24

I honestly can't believe how angry people get about this subject. It's so ridiculous!

Jellybeanz1 Thu 19-Sep-13 00:08:34

I made the mistake of asking our first viewers to do this as we had just put carpet down. Unfortunately they were both wearing long boots. We were then going in the attic up the ladder without them (very uncomfortable) and then they wanted to go in the garden - so yes, back through the house on off on off I was so relieved when they left I was dying.

Zoe678 Thu 19-Sep-13 00:12:43

Oh no. Dont ask this. You r selling a lifestyle they say. I wouldnt want to buy in to that. Makes me roll my eyes abit.

Snoot Thu 19-Sep-13 00:13:03

Surely if you want to sell your house you want viewers to be in a positive frame of mind? Being asked to take their shoes off will make a significant proportion of people uncomfortable. Those blue plastic shoe covers are awful and dangerous on hard floors and over high heels. The shoes-off request does reek of Hyacinth Bucket (as mentioned previously) and a certain social subset, who is your target buyer? Some will like, some won't. Perhaps pointedly leave a couple of pairs of shoes on the "welcome" mat? not so welcoming if you're asked to walk around a stranger's house in your pop socks

exoticfruits Thu 19-Sep-13 07:16:00

Not ridiculous StuntGirl- there are loads of threads with Hyacinth Bucket types who are so precious about a floor covering- it does cause upset. It probably depends how sellable your house is as to whether you can afford to upset people. People generally make up their mind in the first few minutes, if not at the front door, so why start negatively?
I am an adult, if I had arrived after a muddy walk of course I would remove them- but the likelihood is that I have come straight from home, by car, with clean and dry shoes.

If you wouldn't buy a house because of this then you're a moron. It's like people who are fooled into buying by the smell of baking bread and fresh flowers, or who wouldn't buy because you don't like the wallpaper.

exoticfruits Thu 19-Sep-13 07:32:57

It is a fact that first impressions count. I want to sell my house- a 'moron' is as welcome as anyone else if they pay the asking price!

StuntGirl Thu 19-Sep-13 07:44:55

Exactly willsing.

Thinking it's silly is one thing. Disagreeing with the need to do so - fair enough also. Actually getting angry? Refusing to consider the house?! The mind boggles!

exoticfruits Thu 19-Sep-13 07:46:45

A lot if people go by the 'feel' of a house- I wouldn't underestimate friendliness

exoticfruits Thu 19-Sep-13 07:47:01

Of not if.

vix206 Thu 19-Sep-13 07:48:08

It would make me think that they have taken care of their carpets a d are continuing to do so. Wouldn't mind one bit!!

nooka Thu 19-Sep-13 08:04:51

It would make me think that their carpets marked easily and were hard to keep clean. So no, not a plus factor for me. I hate taking my shoes off though, I don't feel comfortable walking around in socks, and in the winter get cold. If I had advance warning I might bring slippers I suppose, but I might just give that particular house a miss.

Generally I've not found that there are a great shortage of houses to look at. If I was expected to put on shoe covers I would be seriously put off because it would make me think that the owners were totally anal and would be very difficult to liaise with.

Snoot Thu 19-Sep-13 08:27:00

If the owner had young children or pets I really wouldn't want to walk barefoot on their carpets. Who knows what lurks within? Nappy leaks, potty accidents, sick, pet hair and gubbins off their paws and bottoms <boak>. Really quite revolting to have to pad about in stockinged feet.

saintmerryweather Thu 19-Sep-13 08:50:01

i take my shoes off whenever i visit someone elses housee, its polite to and shows a bit of respect for the're in. if i was visiting a wreck id keep my shoes on but otherwise id take them off

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 19-Sep-13 09:15:26

It's not really about getting 'angry', or refusing to buy the house - but as a seller, you do try to do everything you can to make the viewers feel comfortable, happy with the house, and at ease. Now if you cause them a frisson of annoyance when they have to take their shoes off, you risk them being in a less positive frame of mind, and hence perhaps being more ready to notice niggles and things that might be a problem with the house. The couple who had to take their long boots off probably couldn't wait to leave either, and that's not the mood you want people to leave in.

You want people to get back in their car and say 'wow, what do you think, shall we give the estate agent a ring?'. Not 'thank fuck for that, I'm allowed my shoes back on!'.

I think it's pretty silly and prissy and inhospitable to tell people to take their shoes off at the best of times, but when you're trying to impress them? Really not.

StuntGirl Thu 19-Sep-13 09:29:05

Oh give over, you could never cater for everyone's differing whims and ideas on 'comfortable' - just look at the thread on house temperatures for proof!

If having your shoes on or not during the visit sways you that much, then you obviously weren't that arsed about the house in the first place!

clearsommespace Thu 19-Sep-13 09:30:14

I'm surprised at how many people find taking shoes off a problem. I'm in France and last year we viewed about 40 houses before finding the one for us. The agents all asked us to remove shoes before treading on carpet, gardens were always viewed last to avoid trekking dirt back into the house, even when the houses were already no longer occupied.

I'd rather buy from someone who cared about their carpets (seeing as they usually get sold with the house) than someone who didn't.

bamboobutton Thu 19-Sep-13 09:32:34

it would piss me off and would put a taint on the house, but I have joint problems so putting shoes on is difficult due to immobility and is also very painful, once my shoes are on I like to keep them on.
we would also have our kids with us so squatting down on the floor to put them back on would also be very painful.

we did lots of viewings over the last year and only one house asked us to take shoes off, luckily for me it was summer so only had to slip flipflops off but having to squat down for the kids shoes I was thinking "ffs"

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 19-Sep-13 09:35:57

Yeah, but if you could change someone from 'not that arsed' to 'thinking about making you an offer', wouldn't you want to?

Think of it like this: has anyone ever been offended or made uncomfortable by not being asked to take their shoes off?

Floggingmolly Thu 19-Sep-13 09:40:14

Why would anyone be upset at being asked to remove shoes so as not to destroy your carpets? confused
They are not friends coming to tea, to be made "welcome".
They are not potentional flat mates looking to house share with you.
If they like your house they like it, if they don't, they don't. I can't believe anyone is influenced by the atmosphere you create; someone grinning like a loon in the background welcoming me to a house I was considering buying would actually put me off. It's a business transaction, pure and simple.

diddl Thu 19-Sep-13 09:43:39

Have these already been suggested?

treas Thu 19-Sep-13 09:47:50

YANBU - your house your rules. Any reasonable person coming to view would automatically offer to remove their footwear at the door.

Besides if they're interested in the house the carpets would become theirs anyway.

Also it is one way of getting rid of time wasters

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 19-Sep-13 09:48:42

Yeah, but flogging, if you were meeting with someone from another company to strike a business deal, and he or she asked you to remove your shoes before you went into the office, wouldn't that be a bit odd and annoying?

It doesn't really matter why some people find it irritating (not upsetting) to be told to take their shoes off (makes me feel like I'm in infant school, tbh) - the fact is, as this thread shows, they do - so why would you risk it, when you're trying to sell your house to them?

TheDietStartsTomorrow Thu 19-Sep-13 09:50:34

It's polite to take your shoes off when walking around someone's house that you're viewing, especially upstairs. You're not a guest or a friend visiting them- you're part of a transaction and although the homeowners should also be polite in return and not necessarily expect the viewers to remove their shoes, to go into someone else's home and feel you have the right to keep our shoes on because you don't respect their house rules is just plain rude. Those people who said they'd traipse around the house and not buy just to spiteful need to get a life. You would honestly do that to stranger just because of a polite request to remove your shoes?

Some people have very dirty shoes. Some people may have just walked over wet grass, wet leaves, a dusty path etc. I wouldn't want that being transferred to my carpets. Shoes are by nature, always going to carry dirt even if you wipe them on the mat. Try walking outside with a pair of socks and then look at the soles. That should be enough to understand why some people don't appreciate shoes in their bedroom.

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 09:51:21

When you're trying to sell somehting, common sense should tell you that you don't do things to piss off potential buyers.

It doesn't matter why it pisses them off. It doesn't matter if they're being daft.

Your sole objective is to sell it for the best possible price with the least difficulty.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Thu 19-Sep-13 09:51:58

It's a fair enough request.

However, I wear big lace up boots which take an age to do up and undo and get really cold feet. I think I'd say thanks, but no thanks and go home.

I'm most likely in the minority though.

I've been viewing houses lately and no one's asked me to take my shoes off.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 19-Sep-13 09:54:01

Absolutely, Word. It's not a stately home you're showing them round. (in which nobody is ever asked to take shoes off anyway!). You want them to like it, and buy it!

HormonalHousewife Thu 19-Sep-13 09:54:43

Thats a point MrsRaj if I had my Dr Martins on I would be a bit miffed.

If the house looked clean and tidy and the carpet in a similar condition to mine then I probably would take my shoes off, but a dirty carpet no way.

We are a shoe off home but when we bought and sold recently I never took my shoes off nor did I ask anyone too.

MidniteScribbler Thu 19-Sep-13 09:55:36

If the owner had young children or pets I really wouldn't want to walk barefoot on their carpets. Who knows what lurks within? Nappy leaks, potty accidents, sick, pet hair and gubbins off their paws and bottoms <boak>. Really quite revolting to have to pad about in stockinged feet.

Are you not allowed to have children, pets AND a vacuum cleaner?

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 09:55:39

Nit this thread reminds me that the vast majority of people have no head for business or making money grin.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 19-Sep-13 09:57:59

Well, I am undoubtedly among that number, word grin, but I wouldn't ask anyone to take shoes off, and certainly not in a house I wanted them to buy from me.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Thu 19-Sep-13 10:02:06

Thats a point MrsRaj if I had my Dr Martins on I would be a bit miffed.


I only wear Dr. Martens (usually Triumph), even in Summer (dodgy knees/ankles and cold feet). Beautiful boots but how much of a bugger are they to get on and off..?

sameoldIggi Thu 19-Sep-13 10:05:13

Where I live there tend to be open viewings - so, several people wandering around the house for sale at one time. Wonder what the chances are of someone's shoes being missing when they go back for them?!

Slippersocklover Thu 19-Sep-13 10:09:54

I wouldn't mind being asked, and it certainly wouldn't put me off buying a house.

Jan49 Thu 19-Sep-13 10:12:22

I would feel uncomfortable viewing someone's house with my shoes off. It's like being half dressed. Walking across a stone or cold tile kitchen floor wearing socks or tights, walking upstairs wearing things that you are quite likely to slip in, freezing feet and trying to avoid treading on anything if the floors aren't immaculate. I don't walk around my own home in tights or socks. I take my shoes off at the front door and put slippers on. I wouldn't feel comfortable walking around someone else's home in tights/socks either.

tobiasfunke Thu 19-Sep-13 10:15:26

I think the shoe cover idea is perfect. This I wouldn't mind at all. If the agent puts them on then the viewers are likely to do it. Not everyone goes to see a house with clean socks, socks without holes, matching socks, or socks at all etc and asking them to take their shoes off always seems a bit personal IMO. Some people might choose to take their shoes off rather than wear the covers.

happygonicky Thu 19-Sep-13 10:26:07

I've got an elderly (very mobile) visitor coming to visit, a crawling baby and live just off a busy London street with more than its fair share of dog poo and lots of spitting on pavement. Don't want to seem inhospitable, but can't bear thought of baby crawling on dirty floor. This thread isn't helping! I so want to ask, but lots of people think it'd be rude, it seems...

BeCool Thu 19-Sep-13 10:28:39

Like MrsRaj I often wear DM boots which lace all the way up. It would really annoy me to be asked to take them off to view the upstairs of a house I was thinking of buying.

exoticfruits Thu 19-Sep-13 11:11:41

I hope saintmerryweather that you keep your shoes on when asked. I have yet to know why anyone wants my bare feet on their carpets- I am not wearing socks until it gets really cold.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 12:02:02

'Any reasonable person coming to view would automatically offer to remove their footwear at the door.'

I'm sorry but that's absolute rubbish. I'd be baffled and amazed if someone coming to view my home offered to take off their shoes.

Yes it's something that some people will do as a matter of course but for other people it's something they literally never come across, they're not being rude it's just not something that would occur to them as being 'good manners'. I don't know anyone who insists on shoes off in their home. And I know a lot of people.

Obviously I'd do it if requested though, and with a smile, inwardly though I'd just think they were precious and a bit highly strung.

exoticfruits Thu 19-Sep-13 12:06:07

I would think 'Hyacinth Bucket'- and I thought the woman was supposed to be a joke! I would never volunteer to walk over people's carpet in my bare feet.

cantspel Thu 19-Sep-13 12:10:50

I sold and moved last year and even the estate agent offered to remove their shoes at the door. I dont think i had one viewer who kept their shoes on.

I also removed my shoes when viewing as it is a habits for me to remove my shoes as entering a home. No one battered a eye lid.

I dont know if it is a regional thing but i dont think i know anyone who would wear their shoes in their own house or someone elses.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 12:12:51

It must be regional. I'd hate if people automatically took their shoes off upon coming into my home and in all my life I think I've been asked to do this once.

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 12:14:18

Maybe a class/financial thing?

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Thu 19-Sep-13 12:15:49

I think the shoe covers a few people have mention are a better idea as then no one is getting cold feet or worried about their cracked heals / nail polish. Not sure if they are even more Hyacinth Bucket though grin

For what it's worth I'd take my shoes even if not asked.

MrsBungle Thu 19-Sep-13 12:16:03

We don't wear shoes in our house but I never ever ask guests to remove theirs. When we viewed lots of houses last year, no one asked us to remove shoes.

Floggingmolly Thu 19-Sep-13 12:17:21

I don't think it's a class / financial thing, word
For me personally it's a scraped dog shit off the carpet one time too many thing.

Wuxiapian Thu 19-Sep-13 12:18:37


It's rude and unwelcoming.

cantspel Thu 19-Sep-13 12:19:27

`there is nothing posh about me or my friends. We are all working class everyday sort of people. It just seems something we all do.

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 12:19:55

I only say that flogging because my family (all working class) would expect shoes off and would whip their own off at the door.

Carpets are expensive and need to be protected.

But all the middle class/upper class people I know have never ever expected shoe removal or taken their own off in my house, I don't think.

siratt Thu 19-Sep-13 12:20:20

I wouldn't mind at all and always offer to take off my shoes in other people house and am always happy to do as they ask. Take them off or keep them on.

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 12:20:40

That's what I mean can'tspel.

Perhaps it's a working class thing to do?

Dunno really.

BarbarianMum Thu 19-Sep-13 12:21:06


When we viewed our (now) house dh and I had to look round seperately (baby and toddler asleep in the car). Dh went first and when he came out whispered to me to take my shoes off.

I thought it rather strange (of course I'd take my shoes off) but when I went in lo and behold the whole of the upstairs was covered by big muddy footprints made by my idiot dh (the house we'd just viewed prior to this had a very muddy garden). The poor lady was on her hands and knees in the bedroom trying to clean her beautiful cream carpet.

I apologised about a thousand times. We were nearly too chicken to ask for a second viewing but did in the end and took her a huge bunch of flowers to say thank you. That and a good cuddle of newborn ds2 sealed the deal but I have rarely been so embarassed.

BarbarianMum Thu 19-Sep-13 12:22:24

???? Flowers were to say sorry obviously confused

cantspel Thu 19-Sep-13 12:22:54

maybe it is because working class people save hard to buy nice carpets and have to clean any mess on them their selves.

Where someone with more money and a cleaner can afford to replace them when they get minging and it is the cleaners job to deal with stains and much on a day to day basis?

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 12:25:40

I think so cantspel

And a fir bit cleaner IME grin.

Also posher homes tend to have a lot less carpet. More wood, tiles etc. So a lot easier to keep clean.

froken Thu 19-Sep-13 12:26:42


I live in Sweden where it is the height of rudeness to wear your shoes inside ( even in your own home if you so choose) despite everyone having hard wood floors.

When you go to look around someone's house or if you go into a public building ( doctor's surgery, hospital or school) you get given little plastic bag/shower cap type things to put over your shoes. Maybe you could buy some of those online?

I must say the idea of buying a house with carpet feels very wrong to me, almost like wearing someone else's underwear.

sameoldIggi Thu 19-Sep-13 12:37:44

Froken OP doesn't live in Sweden. So can't judge her reasonableness on basis of what they do in Sweden.

sameoldIggi Thu 19-Sep-13 12:38:50

The is it rude to wear them/is it rude to take the off debate will simply never be resolved. As countless threads on here will demonstrate.

froken Thu 19-Sep-13 12:39:32

Yes but op could buy the shoe covers that people use in Sweden.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 19-Sep-13 12:43:49

Lordy, let's not bring class into it or we might as well ask whether we'd be unreasonable not to let them park near our door, and not to come in if they smell of smoke, and would it be unreasonable not to sell them it if they're not going to send their childrent to the local state school! grin

It annoys some people and makes them feel unwelcome and uncomfortable: this is manifestly true, whether it is reasonable or not. All the OP need do is decide whether she'll take that risk for the sake of her carpets, really!

motherinferior Thu 19-Sep-13 12:47:48

I am wildly middle class and always remove my shoes as does DP but then we are a bit Forrin.

Wearing shoes indoors makes me feel gagged. (I believe the divine Mizz Monroe said the same thing about wearing pants.) But if other people want to do it that's their pervy thing.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 19-Sep-13 12:53:45

I take mine off at home usually, though might keep boots on if not too dirty and I was coming straight in needing to cook or something. I think I associate kicking shoes off at my door and putting slippers on with the sort of 'aaah I'm home and it's evening, now where's that wine' feeling that I don't always actually have!

I would offer in another house, for a social event/coffee/lunch or whatever. But not for a house viewing, because I'm there to see if I want to buy the house or not, not kick off my shoes and relax or fret about their carpet-related neuroses!

chenin Thu 19-Sep-13 12:57:35

The blue plastic bag overshoe thingy is a JOKE surely....
You would look like a load of Scene of Crime Officers gathering forensic evidence after a murder. Why not kit everyone out in paper boiler suits whilst you're at it?! That way you won't have anyone shedding hairs or fibres on your pristine house!

I would find it really anal to be asked to remove my shoes (especially if I had wiped every trace of outside on to the doormat on entering) and I would actually think that the buying process might be difficult with someone who did this. The blue shoe covers would have me running for the hills!

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 13:00:41

Yes I'd suspect the purpose of the shoe covers would be so that CSI wouldn't find any DNA evidence that I'd been in the Shoe Covering Serial Killer's house.

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 13:04:07

The blue covers thing would turn house viewing into a joke.

And while it might make your house stand out from others, the reality is that potential buyers wouldn't be concentrating on the house. They'd be nudging one another and chuckling.

chenin Thu 19-Sep-13 13:04:23

I think the paper boiler suits come with hoods. If not disposable shower caps can be provided!

chenin Thu 19-Sep-13 13:06:18

Well... I'd be wetting myself at how ludicrous it was! The house would certainly stand out, yes! It would become My Story To Tell At A Dinner Party.

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 13:06:36

The boiler suits do come with hoods. But for extra protection hairnets could be provided, like in food factories. And silicon gloves.

In fact, OP could install one of those decontamination showers in her porch!

froken Thu 19-Sep-13 13:08:48

The shoe covers are very useful!

I am very forgetful and have often left the building wearing the shoe covers. I look ridiculous.

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 19-Sep-13 13:10:55

I've never encountered anybody that asks guests to remove shoes. It's bizarre, and certainly not appropriate for someone you're trying to sell a house to.

chenin Thu 19-Sep-13 13:11:50

wordfactory... hahahaha, yes! Every home should have one!

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 13:12:06

Froken out of interest, do folk in Sweden take their shoes off at work?

ChipAndSpud Thu 19-Sep-13 13:12:22

I've been brought up to take my shoes off in the hallway, I thought it was rude to walk around a house in your shoes? I'd definitely ask people to remove their shoes - even more so if you have carpets!!

geekgal Thu 19-Sep-13 13:20:16

This didn't bother me either way, if someone comes to my house I don't ask them to take off their shoes, but I've been asked when I go to other places, it's not weird.It would be weird to wait until their gong up the stairs, you should probably do it at the door, and it could possibly make looking at the back garden awkward, so that may put me off if I'm wearing boots.

Oh, what IS strange though is going round to someone's house and just taking your shoes off without being asked, I would find it weird and uncomfortable, like they were trying to make themselves at home in my place...

chenin Thu 19-Sep-13 13:20:21

Sooo... you are having a 'Do'. A very special party, and there are women there who are wearing fab dresses with high heels that set off the outfit they are wearing. They are forced to walk round in bare feet? I would actually turn round and go home because I care what I look like. I would make sure my shoes were clean and if necessary I would bring my shoes with me in a bag and put them on inside the house (I have high heels that have never been worn outside because the soles are soft leather), but I wouldn't be removing them.

froken Thu 19-Sep-13 13:20:54

wordfactory people who work in public buildings ( teachers, librarians, doctors, nurses) have indoor shoes which are often clogs or comfy almost slipper type shoes.

I am not sure about office workers I will ask my friends who work in offices.

McRoo Thu 19-Sep-13 13:24:03

I think it's fine. I went on lots of house viewings, in winter, where we were asked to do this. It is a bit irritating (and embarrassing if you are wearing socks with holes in) but totally understandable and fair.

geekgal Thu 19-Sep-13 13:24:35

Anyone remember that Sex and the City episode where Carrie's shoes got stolen at that party? Just make sure if you ask people to remove their shoes you don't have any other light fingered guests and you have a minimum of $450 to cover each pair!! grin

pixiegumboot Thu 19-Sep-13 13:24:54

ok so it's rude to ask people to remove their shoes, but not rude to leave mud or dirt on someone's carpet. weirdos.

froken Thu 19-Sep-13 13:25:05

People also take shoes to parties, I wouldn't take any with a sharp heal as I wouldn't want to dammage my friend's floor.

chenin Thu 19-Sep-13 13:29:14

But pixie, what if you guarantee not to leave mud and dirt on someone's carpet because you have brought pristine shoes with you to put on inside the house?
As much as you find it weird to not take shoes off, I found it doubly weird to be asked to, especially when I am ultra careful to not leave anything whatsoever on a carpet. If my shoes were muddy, of course I would take them off.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 13:32:09

'Oh, what IS strange though is going round to someone's house and just taking your shoes off without being asked, I would find it weird and uncomfortable, like they were trying to make themselves at home in my place...'

Exactly. I'd be all 'put your shoes back on chum, this isn't your house'. So presumptuous.

exoticfruits Thu 19-Sep-13 13:34:32

Do people really want bare feet over their carpets?

cantspel Thu 19-Sep-13 13:35:12

My friend has a big new years party every year and we take our slippers.
I am going to enjoy the company of my friends not admire their shoes.

I think there is a clear divide on the issue of shoes indoors which will never be settled. Unless a few of the shoe wearers have a party and someone lovely, clean high heals leave marks on their very expensive wooden floors or not so lovely and clean shoes walks dog shit into the carpet their child is crawling on.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 13:39:17

Slippers to a New Year's Eve party? Ummmm, bizarre, no thanks.

The only time I'll wear slippers to a big New Year's Eve party is when I'm 101 and shuffling around my old people's home.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 13:41:15

'I think there is a clear divide on the issue of shoes indoors which will never be settled. Unless a few of the shoe wearers have a party and someone lovely, clean high heals leave marks on their very expensive wooden floors or not so lovely and clean shoes walks dog shit into the carpet their child is crawling on.'

Think you've forgotten a few options there.............

chenin Thu 19-Sep-13 13:44:34

So you've spent ages getting ready, you've chosen what dress to wear, you have done your hair, you slip your lovely dress on and..... don your slippers???! The day I give up making the best of myself and what I look like, take me outside and shoot me.

cantspel Thu 19-Sep-13 13:48:58

I tend to wear boots but take them off at the door and don my slippers. I dont see anything strange in it nor do my friends. It is just our accepted practice.

We dont take our slippers if we are going to the curry house, local pub or other public place but we do in each others homes.

Snelldog Thu 19-Sep-13 13:53:42

Squoosh - your comment: " Exactly. I'd be all 'put your shoes back on chum, this isn't your house'. So presumptuous."

This is exactly the reason why you should take your shoes off in someone's house who wants/requests it - you should not presume you can walk on their carpets in shoes which have been on dirty pavements.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 13:57:27


Snelldog I've already said I'd take my shoes off if requested and smile whilst doing it.

Is that ok with you?

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 13:57:32

I can absolutely honestly say that no one has ever brought dog poo or mud into my house. Nor has anyone ever ruined our wooden floors.

People have sense. Muddy boots following a dog walk get removed. Otherwise, no.

And I am gobsmacked at the idea of socks and slippered feet at a party!!!

I'm having eight people over for dinner tomorrow night. I haven't met three of them. I simply cannot imagine asking them to remove their shoes. I simply cannot imagine anyone will offer. How odd!

HollieHelen Thu 19-Sep-13 13:59:38

So this polemic has definitely made up my mind: I will follow the viewers' lead on this one!! Keen to sell and don't want to alienate any potential buyers.

The agent who visited yesterday to value didn't take his shoes off, and I didn't mention it either! Wanted to punch him for being a patronising misogynist, but that's another post ...

motherinferior Thu 19-Sep-13 13:59:47

I would, automatically, WF.

Sometimes I keep my shoes on at parties. Sometimes not. I look pretty nice, actually, I am not some kind of bizarre slob. I just don't like wearing shoes.

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 14:07:50

Well obviously I wouldn't take offence if you slipped off your shoes mother wink...mi casa, tu casa...

HollieHelen Thu 19-Sep-13 14:14:47

Had no idea this would call my class (middle) and regional (northern) identities into question ...

Downstairs we have a tiled hallway and board floors elsewhere - slightly marked by a previous childrens' party guest (mum not child!!) wearing killer heels ;)

Floggingmolly Thu 19-Sep-13 14:22:41

Well if they track in dog shit (and it happens to the best of us, it's not a working class thing at all, more a London thing) you can't say you weren't warned, word wink
I don't even have carpets anymore; still can't stand shoes that have been walking on London pavements on my floors.

Floggingmolly Thu 19-Sep-13 14:23:38

Ah... So good I said it twice, apparently blush

wordfactory Thu 19-Sep-13 14:25:45

See now you lot have made me paranoid grin.

I'll be checking for dog shit! I'll be looking under the table to see if anyone is barefoot! I'll be assessing the soft soles of expensive high heels! I'll be asking if anyone is from Sweden!

Tobagostreet Thu 19-Sep-13 14:26:50

Couldn't you buy these:

Cheap and cheerful. I've been in show homes where these appear to be the 'norm'.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 14:28:25

Tobago they're certainly cheap but I'd debate whether they're 'cheerful'. 'Crime scene chic' I'd call them.

exoticfruits Thu 19-Sep-13 16:55:42

No one has given their views on the barefooted.

NotYoMomma Thu 19-Sep-13 17:34:30

do people really automatically remove shoes in other peoples homes?

I can't understand how people think asking prospective buyers to remove their shoes would NOT colour their first impression.

I would ve in an arsey mood all the way around and God forbid there be ANY mark on the floor.

I would be sure to mention it to dh in earshot

Coconutty Thu 19-Sep-13 17:50:16

I wouldn't dream of going into someone's house and leaving my shoes on, it would be really odd to me and I would feel like I was being exceptionally rude.

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 17:54:22

The world definitely seem to fall into two camps, those who think it's exceptionally rude to take your shoes off upon entering someone's home and those who think it's exceptionally rude not to.

Maybe people should be obliged to have signs on their front doors declaring which camp they reside in.

diddl Thu 19-Sep-13 18:03:08

"Maybe people should be obliged to have signs on their front doors declaring which camp they reside in."

Not necessary when you live in a country where everyone does the samewink

squoosh Thu 19-Sep-13 18:06:13

But it seems I live in a country where people don't!

vix206 Thu 19-Sep-13 18:21:16

Yes I always remove mine and my children's shoes upon entering someone's home. Unless they tell me not to. It would feel very rude to me not to do so.

When people come into my house I tell them not to worry as we have all hard floors downstairs but having had new carpets upstairs if anyone goes up there I do prefer them to take them off. Most people recognise it's a new carpet and do it automatically but I don't mention it if they fail to do so. Our only loo is downstairs so it's rare anyway.

exoticfruits Thu 19-Sep-13 19:03:35

I do hope that you keep them on when asked, Coconutty, I would want you to keep them on in my house. No one has answered my question about bare feet.

Coconutty Thu 19-Sep-13 19:08:31

I would much prefer to keep them on exotic, but have never been asked too.

If I had bare feet it would be weird, so I actually take socks in my bag if I am going to someone's house and am wearing flip flop type shoes!!

exoticfruits Thu 19-Sep-13 19:16:28

All MN has done is get me a bit paranoid and offer to take mine off- so far people have all looked at me as if I was a bit odd!
I don't wear socks between about May and October and I don't carry socks.

Coconutty Thu 19-Sep-13 19:22:52

When I lived at home, we had a visit from the police about something and my mum even asked them to take their shoes off. I can remember them sitting in the front room with their socked feet.

That did strike me as funny but not odd IYSWIM

123rd Thu 19-Sep-13 23:51:03

Can honestly say that I have shown 10 lots of viewers round my house in the last week and they have ALL offered to take their shoes off. I haven't asked them - & I wouldn't.

exoticfruits Fri 20-Sep-13 07:11:40

I am still smiling at the thought of a New Year's Eve party - all dressed up with slippers!
People still haven't said what they do about bare feet- there seems to be an assumption on socks or tights.

geekgal Fri 20-Sep-13 07:38:47

I think I would be hesitant to ask people to remove shoes if they have no socks on, I don't even walk around my house with bare feet! And other people's sweaty feet kind of squick me out. But like I said earlier I wouldn't ask anyone to remove their shoes in my house anyway...

exoticfruits Fri 20-Sep-13 08:35:40

That is my thought geekgal, I would have thought that people would have preferred a pair of clean sandals to bare feet. The majority of people have shoes on bare feet in the summer- women do - if not men.

JanuaryTwenty Fri 20-Sep-13 14:46:46

YANBU, HollieHelen. I used to work in an estate agency, and I lost count of the number of sellers who had their carpets and wooden floors ruined by inconsiderate viewers with muddy/oily shoes or high heels. It's your private space and if someone won't take off their shoes, it's their loss if they are really interested in buying. insist on keeping your shoes on. Is your own vanity really more important than respecting someone else's property?

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