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

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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!!

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

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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

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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

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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?

dooiitt Fri 07-Jul-17 10:22:08

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Coldilox Fri 07-Jul-17 10:49:10

Last time we were looking we were asked to in one house. I found it t odd, but it didn't put me off the house as such. We didn't buy it, but not because of that.

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WinnieTheMe Tue 18-Jul-17 12:20:32

It would depend on the shoes I was wearing as to how much it irritated me.

Slip ons - no bother. But if I'm wearing fully laced doc martens it is an awful pain and it would put me off buying a house.

SprinklesandIcecream Tue 18-Jul-17 12:42:34

Such s bizzare response of those who wouldn't buy a house based on the owners asking them to take their shoes off. We always asked the EA/ owner as we entered what they would prefer. It is their home after all and out of the 20 odd homes we saw, we bought the one. That's a lot of homes to be dragging around mucky shoes especially carpets.

To us it was common courtesy to offer. Really don't understand the hysteria. What if it had been raining??

Mooey89 Tue 18-Jul-17 12:45:58

As this was posted in 2013 I would hope the house has been long sold now.

Lottapianos Tue 18-Jul-17 12:54:46

We were house viewing a few weeks ago on a boiling hot day. All the house owners asked us (politely) to take our shoes off. I have no idea why they thought it was better for us to be walking around in our bare sweaty feet than just allowing us to leave our shoes on hmm

squoosh, do you live in Ireland? Taking shoes off is not a thing there, unless they are obviously filthy and muddy. My West Country in laws don't do shoes off either. I think making people take shoes off is ridiculously fussy and precious, not to mention unwelcoming, and I say that as a very houseproud person who has cream carpets!

DancingLedge Tue 18-Jul-17 12:56:18


MitchellMummy Tue 18-Jul-17 12:58:41

I wouldn't mind if the estate agent briefed me first - to ensure I wore clean socks without holes! I think it shows a home that's been cared about so wouldn't have a problem. In fact I have less of a problem with this than taking shoes off when going visiting people smile

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