Wednesday, July 25, 2007

We are on a roll!

The young estate agent lead a couple of ladies on a tour of the house again. Before they came in, he asked them if they would not mind taking off their sandals, which they graciously did.

My parents would never ask a visitor to remove her shoes, but it is nice to have an estate agent do it instead. It is also good to see people being gracious about going barefoot in somebody else's house and not making a fuss.

4 comments:

richyrich said...

I definately agree that it is good that an estate agent should have asked visitors to take their shoes when visiting a house. Did the two ladies seem in any way surprised at the request or did they just accept it as something reasonable?

If the sellers of a house that is for sale have had a shoes off policy while they are there, that could be used as a selling point, it would show that the floors / carpets that the buyer is to inherit have been well preserved and are therefore likely to last for longer for the new owner. As I've said before, when I first went to look at my house I saw that the sellers operated a shoes off policy and this was shown in the almost immaculate state of the carpets, this played a key part in my decision to buy the place and being prepared to pay the price that I did for it. If a house has had been a shoeless one, estate agents should point that out in their sales literature for it, I am sure that it would do much to help sell the house and get a better price for it.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

They had perhaps not expected it, but they were not especially surpised and defintely not bothered. One of them mentioned the bad weather.

Yes, I think it does send a good message to have a shoes-off policy.

I have read in some internet discussions people saying that if they were asked to remove their shoes when viewing a home they would not buy it. That seems like pretty irrational rage. It really does seem that it is not the people who want shoes off who are obsessive, it is the people who object to it who have the problem.

God Bless

Matthew

richyrich said...

I have read in some internet discussions people saying that if they were asked to remove their shoes when viewing a home they would not buy it.

I honestly can't see the logic of that. After all, they wouldn't have to continue with the policy if they bought the house. You would think that they would see it as reassuring that the sellers took such good care of the floors / carpets, even if they had no intention of following the shoes off practice themselves.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Maybe it is just empty rhetoric and they would not really be so stupid.