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Making Sure Your Four-Legged Friend Doesn’t Cost You a Buyer

September 8, 2013

As an experienced realtor I have seen literally every type of home on the market as well as how dogjumpingonladypeople set up for an open house and present their homes to potential buyers.  One thing that has stuck out to me time and time again is the way that pets effect an open house, showing, or potential sale.  Here are some tips and tricks to making sure your home is presentable and welcoming and that Fluffy doesn’t unintentionally ruin your open house.

Now don’t get me wrong I love animals, we know that you love animals.  With that being said it is a reasonable assumption that not every potential buyer wants your four legged friend nipping at their heels.  On more than one occasion I have witnessed a home-owners dog jumping up and barking at each guest as they arrived at an open house.  Needless to say this does not help create an inviting atmosphere.  At this point many people are so turned off that they may miss all of the great things the house has to offer.  I would recommend finding a friends house or local boarding place to keep your canine until after the open house is over.

Inevitably along with owning a dog comes the less than appealing dog waste.  This is another potential turn-off when dealing with buyers.  The last thing you want buyers to remember about your house is, “y remember that house, the one you stepped in dog poop at.”  That will clearly not leave a good impression.  Your best bet is to clean up after all of your dogs messes before anyone arrives for a showing or open house.

Last but not least you will want to ensure that all pet odors are undetectable inside the home.  This goes for litter boxes as well.  In addition to thoroughly cleaning your house and carpets you may want to light some candles or spray some incense to help mask any lingering dog odor.

These few tips will help to ensure that you don’t lose out on any potential buyers simply because they weren’t the impassioned dog or cat lovers that you are.



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