Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)

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Ken Jones
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Scott Godzyk When a seller sets the requirement that guests remove their shoes, it's also that seller's responsiblity to provide booties to those guests.

When we sold our home in Phoenix, my wife insisted that guests wear shoe booties (shoe covers). And, we provided a box of them at our front door.

The guests (buyers and agents) were very understanding and were very respectful of my wife's dedication to our meticulously clean home.

We never gave it a second thought as to whether or not we should provide these to our guests. After all, it was OUR requirement. So, we merely assumed it was our responsibility to provide these things.

Mar 20, 2019 06:04 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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I think shoe covers should be provided

Mar 20, 2019 06:10 AM
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Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
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It's a service I typically provide for my sellers - basket of booties and a sign.

Mar 20, 2019 06:48 AM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I always provide booties on all my listings.  

Mar 20, 2019 09:09 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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OMG...yes..... there are some floors that I wouldn't want new shoes to walk on because the shoes might be ruined...

Mar 20, 2019 09:07 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

It would be a professional courtesy to supply shoe covers.  Even then, if the home is not clean, as you say "very dirty" there is no way I am removing my shoes.  

Mar 20, 2019 08:50 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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I'd be happy if they provided a chair by the door for me to take them off at.

Mar 20, 2019 07:31 AM
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
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It would be helpful -

Mar 20, 2019 06:04 AM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
WestUSA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Living in Arizona, we don't have to deal with as much bad weather as far as footwear is concerned. But in many cases, and I have a current listing as such, the hardwood floor has been polished and the carpets steam cleaned, the seller (and I) ask that buyer-agents and their clients either remove their shoes or wear booties to cover their footwear.

A nice basket with a supply of surgical booties, with a nice message is supplied at the entrance of the property.

I think for marketing/presentation purposes, it has a positive impact about how the property is perceived from the get-go....

But some have commented before that not eveyone's feet are clean and that booties no matter what should be worn!

Mar 20, 2019 05:55 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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As Kenneth J. Jones wrote. It seems appropriate

Mar 20, 2019 06:35 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I generally supply booties for the homes as they are generally not on the market long.

Mar 20, 2019 06:06 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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I'm not sure common courtesy exist.

Mar 20, 2019 06:01 AM
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Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That sure would prevent a problem.

Mar 20, 2019 05:58 AM
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ANNA-MARIE TERMINI
LONG AND FOSTER / VIENNA - Vienna, VA
Matching Home Sellers and Buyers for over 20 years

Yes. Absolutely.  And don't forget to have a bench or chair at the front door where you have placed the sign to remove shoes. 

 

I always like it when I see the reason for visitors having to remove shoes e.g. " new carpet"

Risks: buyers slip while in socks instead of using optional shoe covers;  buyers and agents resist stepping out on your gorgeous deck and appreciate the yard because they don't have any shoes on. 

Mar 20, 2019 12:03 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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I always provide those, myself, if I have a seller who requests shoes off... I consider it an extra little touch in my service to my clients (and in a nice baket next to the front door no less).

Mar 20, 2019 11:21 AM
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Skylar Burns
Act360 - Barrie, ON
Real Estate Marketing Professional

I know here in Canada it's much more standard to take off your shoes when inside anyone's house. Anytime I've gone to see a house I've taken off my shoes voluntarily, I don't think shoe covers should be "required".

Mar 20, 2019 10:35 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Yes I believe they should BUT if there are hardwood floors the shoe covers actually become dangerous to walk in. At my company, we can no longer have them out.

I know what you mean & I have said things to people as I'm picking things off my sock putting my shoes on in the foyer. 

Mar 20, 2019 10:18 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

It's par for the course in my market. I don't leave home without them, a box of them.

Mar 20, 2019 09:56 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

If it is their house rule, then yes, the SELLER should provide shoe covers but more importantly in my view, a seat on which people may do so.  And, a floor mat to get several people in the door prior to removing footwear.  I rarely wear socks in shoes or boots so I am quite reluctant to walk barefoot in a strangers home; especially during a hot summer!

Mar 20, 2019 09:36 AM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

Yes and a place to sit.

Mar 20, 2019 09:33 AM
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, Realtor | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

No I wont let my sellers provide covers, they are a liability all their own. provide a seat and a mat for the shoes.

Mar 20, 2019 09:18 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It's a polite courtesy to do so.  Out here you can get them for free from all the title companies... or get 100 for a $10 or less on Amazon...

 

I carry some in my car just in case.  I've used them more at parties than anywhere else.

Mar 20, 2019 08:56 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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I would recommend that.

Mar 20, 2019 08:53 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

No! As a listing broker/realtor I did have shoe covers available but to me "shoes off" means shoes off!

Mar 20, 2019 08:50 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Scott,

Does it matter who provides them?  How expensive are they?  Will they break someone's budget?

Mar 20, 2019 07:43 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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It stands to reason & naturally follows the request. FYI: Title company supplies disposable shoe covers for free. 

Mar 20, 2019 07:39 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Definitely. It's a simply courtesy. And perhaps a chairs to sit on near by - not everyone easily can stand up and out those booties on

Mar 20, 2019 07:16 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

You want shoes off or covered, supply the shoe covers.

Mar 20, 2019 07:15 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I am not going to walk through a dirty house without my shoes or covers.

Mar 20, 2019 07:09 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes. At the entrance, I provide the shoe covers, at least 2 chairs, and a trash can so they can throw covers away on way out if they don't want to keep them.

Mar 20, 2019 06:59 AM
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Mary Grace (Ballew) MacDougall
Keller Williams Columbia - Columbia, SC
Home Buying and Selling in the Columbia Area

We've seen this often when new carpeting has been installed. In my opinion they should either provide shoe covers AND include a note in the showing remarks that advise wearing socks. Shoe cover often don't fit over boots and I am not walking barefoot on someone else's floor.

Mar 20, 2019 06:57 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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yes

Mar 20, 2019 06:17 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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Absolutely.

Mar 20, 2019 04:46 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Seller responsibility. However, I kept a supply in my car, just in case.

Mar 20, 2019 12:41 PM
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Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
E*Rae Real Estate Group- Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Austin, TX
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Absolutely!!! There should not be a need for BYOB

Mar 20, 2019 11:33 AM
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Sam Shueh
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The listing agent should enforce that practice and personally mob or clean contaminated flooring.....

Mar 20, 2019 08:51 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I think so, as many don't want to remove their shoes.

Mar 29, 2019 03:39 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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I always do in my listing supply them.

 

Mar 23, 2019 11:25 AM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

I don't walk into unknown houses without shoes. No coverings means i am wearing my shoes.

Mar 21, 2019 05:44 AM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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Shoe covers!

Mar 20, 2019 09:17 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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I do...

Mar 20, 2019 08:49 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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For sure, show covers a must!

Mar 20, 2019 07:50 PM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Shoe covers make more sense then booties. Usually my clients want to go out into the garden and it's pretty awkard to carry your shoes around.

Mar 20, 2019 03:55 PM
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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If our listings require that, we provide shoe covers. If not, I don't blame buyers if they ignore the requirement. It's a courtesy for an minor inconvenience. I do carry spares in my trunk for when they don't.

Mar 20, 2019 02:54 PM