Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pets and selling your home | HUNT Real Estate ERA

We love our pets, and we want them to feel welcome in our homes. However, there’s no denying that they can be a nuisance when trying to show a home to potential buyers. Many pet owners are fraught with anxiety over the thought of how to handle their furry friends when trying to maintain a clean, presentable environment.

Making sure you’re prepared to keep more energetic pets from running around the house and bumping into guests is a top priority when putting your home on the open market. A member of the family should be responsible for taking a dog out for a long walk, or you may want to find a local dog daycare center to handle these situations.

In a pinch, keeping your dog in a kennel crate can help, especially if you provide plenty of snacks to keep your pet preoccupied. Laying a blanket over the crate can keep the dog from seeing intruders in the home, which may keep them from barking excessively. Of course, people tend to take personal judgments into consideration when viewing a house, and some might look unfavorably on an owner who keeps a dog cooped up in a crate.

Keeping a clean house is so much more important when you have a dog or cat to pick up after. Try to remove as many toys and food dishes as possible, and make sure you sweep all hard floors to get rid of hair. For cat owners, leaving a litter box out isn’t awful but make sure that it’s pristine before anyone views the home. You may also want to consider hiring a professional cleaning service that can give the home a deep clean to remove any smells and allergens, like pet dander.

Owning a pet will not keep you from selling your home. When you need expert advice on getting your home ready for any potential buyer, trust the real estate experts at HUNT Real Estate ERA. Our experienced agents will provide the tips and recommendations you need to present your home and close the sale.

Peter F. Hunt