A quick word on muddy shoes…

At this time of year, a viewer can bring more than dreams and visions to your home: the bottom of their shoes can leave a lasting reminder of their visit!

Asking your visitors to take off their shoes is often awkward, particularly if they are somewhat elderly, or not especially mobile. Of course, if you’re not present for the viewing, you may return home to find an evidential trail of footprints, so you need a non-intrusive, fail-safe way to protect your carpets without upsetting anyone.

Your viewers won’t dirty your Axminster deliberately of course, but they may be so engrossed in looking at your beautiful home that they will forget to look down. It’s even worse if they have a wander round your garden (which you absolutely want them to do) then come back through the house (which you may not).

My suggestion is those oh-so-fetching blue shoe covers. Leaving a few in a basket by the door is a gentle message that you value your home, and you expect your visitors to show it the respect it deserves. (By the way, that goes for your agent too: check out my post “The Obnoxious Agent” for how not to do it.) This visual clue will also remind your viewers of show homes, where they are more commonly in use. Not a bad mental connection if you think about it.

So, where to get these covers? Well, I did some trawling on the net, and these are the cheapest I could come up with: at only £4.50 for 50 they are a bit of a bargain, but as I haven’t used this company myself, please do your own research too. Let me know how you get on!

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