Ready, set, remove your shoes! That’s the first unexpected challenge today’s fashionable homebuyer must contend with in the real estate market. Complicated laces, buckles, and zippers are no match for the ease of a slip-on loafer or pump. But we all know fashion is rarely that simple.
More than half the houses on the market today ask buyers and their Realtor to remove shoes at the door, and most do not provide a bench or chair for ease of this process. Astounding, yes?
Realistically, if you are planning to buy a house and looking has gone beyond your keyboard and favorite real estate app, it’s a good idea to Be Prepared, as many of us learned in our younger years.
Yes, many houses will want shoes removed, but a wise buyer looks at the house from more than an interior angle and will want to don shoes that are appropriate for traversing the exterior of the home as well. You know, so you can take a peek at roofs and foundations and the condition of the deck for example.
And what, you might ask, am I looking for in all this and how did we get off the topic of fashion?
Inside a house, look past furniture and paint colors, and make sure the floor plan fits your life style. If looking turns to buying, you will (wisely) hire a home inspector for a professional opinion. Before then, however, you might want to check the water pressure from the kitchen faucet, open and close some doors to make sure they fit, turn light switches on and off, and flush the, ahem, commode.
Outside the house, crumbling, cracking, and broken are not necessarily friendly words. And in rural settings a septic system may influence the placement of some of your garden choices. Very few backyards are navigated well in stilettos.
Regardless of the season or your price point, shoes that are easily removed and still practical enough to circumnavigate the exterior of a house, and dressing in layers is recommended to stay on trend in the fashionable world of home buying.