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Do You Wash Your Shoes?

Do you wash your shoes?

Yesterday, as I finished up an inspection, we went into a barn.  It was a messy barn, housing lots of animals, and all around it was muddy.

By the time we were done my shoes were caked with mud.

Today I am scheduled to go into two different houses.

I have to be polite and do my best not to do damage to anyone's house.

So last night, when I got home, I washed my shoes! 

I took a rough sponge and scrubbed them very well, all around, and underneath.  My wife asked me what I was doing.  "Washing my shoes."  "I see that.  Why...?"

They dried overnight.

Today they are ready to use, and I will be very clean when I enter the houses.  Some folks ask me to remove my shoes anyway, which I always do, but why enter a house with shoes caked with orange, Virginia clay?  Not good.

My recommendation:  home inspectors have a responsibility to themselves than their profession.  When a home inspector enters somebody's house, every home inspector in the industry is entering that house vicariously.  In today's cyber-connected environment, bad stories spread like wildfire, and any nasty story about an inconsiderate home inspector dirtying new carpeting, or expensive rug, would get around quickly.   When a home inspector enters a house dressed professionally, properly shaved and coiffed, and with clean clothing, well, it goes a long way. 



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 8 commentsJay Markanich • September 23 2016 03:06AM


Good morning Jay.  You bet ya I do.  I have even been know to throw them in the washing machine.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 4 years ago

Good morning Jay,

A practice we should all do.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 4 years ago

Good morning Jay. Sometimes you got to do what you got to do! Cleaning your shoes is one of them! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 4 years ago

It does pay to look professional, from your clean vehicle down to you clayless shoes! 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 4 years ago

I wash my shoes whenever I am doing something messy - which seems to be a lot these days!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 4 years ago

Have you ever put them in the washing machine?  I wouldn't do it often, but it really makes them look like new.  I also have a tennis shoe hierarchy.  When my everyday tennis shoes look too scruffy, they become yard work shoes.  That way I can get a couple more of years out of them.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) almost 4 years ago

James - I did that once with my good running shoes and they fell apart a couple of weeks later!

Should it be a regular practice, Raymond?  Maybe weekly.  Yeah, that's it!

Wayne - in this case I really think I had to wash them!

They really were clayful, Fred.  Never good to track through a house!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Belinda - you party animal, you.  Scrub brushes work well.

Stephen - see answer to James above.  I do that with my dock siders.  They become everyday shoes after a while, for yardwork and such.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

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