Shoes off

(128 Posts)
JoJoe1986 Fri 21-Aug-20 00:49:38

Hello, I'm just about to put my property on the market and wondering if its rude to ask potential buyers to kick off their shoes when going upstairs? We have new carpet which I'm keen to keep clean and in theory it could be in their benefit should they put an offer in? Im nervous to ask as it's an awkward request. Would you be offended?

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premiumshoes Fri 21-Aug-20 00:52:10

I wouldn't want to take my shoes off in a strangers house. I would leave.

eternalopt Fri 21-Aug-20 00:55:37

I'd think it was a bit weird to be precious about a house you're selling anyway. If I thought about it too much (and I usually do!) might make me think you weren't really that committed to selling.

MiniMum97 Fri 21-Aug-20 00:57:01

I think people who refuse to take shoes off in someone else's house are unreasonable! I was asked to take shoes off in plenty of homes when house hunting. Do whatever you are comfortable with.

AlexaShutUp Fri 21-Aug-20 00:59:13

Wouldn't worry me at all, but lots of people are weirdly resistant to taking their shoes off, so you might find it puts some potential buyers off.

augustusglupe Fri 21-Aug-20 01:00:14

I wouldn’t be offended atall OP. We’ve always been shoes off.
I never understand why people want to walk round in shoes inside anyway.

premiumshoes Fri 21-Aug-20 01:00:19

I think people who refuse to take shoes off in someone else's house are unreasonable!

Why? It's ok to not want to do this. Can you not just consider some people are fine with it and some are not without making the people who are different to you unreasonable?

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SingingSands Fri 21-Aug-20 01:02:32

I've done it when visiting houses - I automatically take my shoes off when visiting houses, because that how I was brought up.

ShyTown Fri 21-Aug-20 01:10:28

Get the agent to provide those plastic bootie things instead. That way no one has to remove their shoes and your carpet stays pristine.

isabellerossignol Fri 21-Aug-20 01:13:44

SingingSands

I've done it when visiting houses - I automatically take my shoes off when visiting houses, because that how I was brought up.

Conversely I was brought up being told that taking your shoes off in someone else's house is incredibly bad manners.

I'd do it if someone asked me to, I wouldn't refuse, but I would think it was strange and it would make me reluctant to place an offer on the house as I'd assume you had no real intention to sell and would probably pull out further down the line.

Chloemol Fri 21-Aug-20 01:23:17

I went with a family member to view two houses, at both the EA asked that shoes were removed. Cream carpets! But it was not a problem, even though in my own home i dont expect visitors to removr shoes, for these we were politely asked to do so

No issue

AlwaysLatte Fri 21-Aug-20 01:25:50

I wouldn't dream of keeping my shoes on in someone's house but it's amazing how many people I see not bothering. Definitely tell the estate agent no shoes. If I was a potential buyer I'd be relieved to hear that as I would feel that the place was generally cleaner.

BonnieMcflurry Fri 21-Aug-20 01:46:08

To save the issue why don't you buy shoe covers off eBay for very cheap and provide people with them
Gloves for shoes no need take their shoes off and everything stays clean

BananaPop2020 Fri 21-Aug-20 01:48:31

I hate the ‘shoes off’ thing.

BonnieMcflurry Fri 21-Aug-20 01:49:15

Like this

isabellerossignol Fri 21-Aug-20 01:53:40

I wouldn't dream of keeping my shoes on in someone's house but it's amazing how many people I see not bothering.

Well, in my case it's not that I'm 'not bothering' , it's that I'd feel I was being very rude to take my shoes off. I'd feel I was showing respect for your home. In the same way that I wouldn't strip to my underwear and lounge on your sofa.

isabellerossignol Fri 21-Aug-20 01:54:42

Although obviously if you asked me to take them off, I would do it. But I wouldn't do it automatically because I'd consider it incredibly rude.

Annist Fri 21-Aug-20 02:04:17

It's fine to say shoes off or booties.

happymummy12345 Fri 21-Aug-20 02:18:39

I hate the whole thing of taking shoes off indoors so I would hate it and wouldn't be happy about it at all.

Wingedharpy Fri 21-Aug-20 02:26:57

@BonnieMcflurry has it.
Overshoes solves the problem.
Better than strangers sweaty feet tramping around the place.
PPE all round.

Onesailwait Fri 21-Aug-20 03:05:44

Absolutely reasonable, where I live everyone automatically takes their shoes off when they go into someone's house.

Josette77 Fri 21-Aug-20 03:20:06

Where I live it is very rude to keep your shoes on. I don't understand why people want to drag urine and shit and snot from the street and spread it around someone's home. Especially in a pandemic. That's unhygienic, and dangerous.

MusGus Fri 21-Aug-20 06:28:50

Nearly all the houses we viewed we were asked to remove our shoes. We very happily did. I’m one of those who do not enter my house with shoes on and ask visitor to remove their shoes. Strangely if I’m not asked to remove my shoes I lose a bit more f interest in the house as I immediately think the house isn’t cared for and I’ll have a lot of cleaning (of every inch of the house) and replacing of carpets to do.

Different strokes for different folks. Use the blue shoe coverings for viewers.

MusGus Fri 21-Aug-20 06:30:19

*lose a bit of interest

FiveShelties Fri 21-Aug-20 06:37:10

Provide the blue shoe covers and ask agent to request they are used. I would have no issues removing my shoes, but I can understand people who would not want to do that. Your buyer may just be someone who does not want to wander around in stocking feet. Every shoe home I have ever been to in the UK has had a shoes off policy.

In NZ we have open homes and people always remove their shoes.

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