“Please Remove Shoes??” Please Remove Carpet (Tack) Strip!!

Removing your shoes at the front door before proceeding to show a home is one of those courtesies that Realtors — and their clients — invariably respect. Ditto for the other, standard showing instructions (“turn off lights, leave card, don’t let Fluffy out”).

Removing your shoes in winter in Minnesota is especially important, because not doing so could easily leave the owner with a big cleanup headache (if not a bill for carpet cleaning).

Especially if your client ends up wanting to buy the home, that’s not an auspicious start.

In fact, I even wear a scruffy pair of slip-on’s whenever I show homes, just to make it easier to comply.

However . . .

The implicit quid pro quo is that the homeowner’s floors are clean, debris-free, etc.

And that there aren’t things like nails sticking out of carpet strips in lower level storage areas!

(Guess how I discovered it? Ouch!!)

P.S.: And yes, the shoes go right back on the second it’s apparent that the request is, shall we say, “inappropriate.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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