• January 4, 2018

Don’t Let the Dogs Out

JOSEPH-LEWKOWICZ,2

Don’t Let the Dogs Out

Pets have always been known to be man’s best friend. When it comes to selling your home, however, they aren’t as desired. In addition to all the other matters that come with putting a home on the market, how you will handle your pets during an open house is an issue that needs consideration.

A pet can easily distract the potential buyers, along with the smells. As painful as it may be, the best option is to try and send them away. The ultimate goal is to have as many showings as possible. The buyers should feel comfortable inspecting your house, and the reality is, not every one will be able to overlook a pet.  To give yourself some extra leeway, include in your listing that an animal may remain on the premise. Remember to put the dogs’ name and have a caution sign on the door or lock box.

Also, take into consideration how your pet behaves. If you’re confident that your pet can remain calm and quiet, you may have a better chance of keeping them around. A hard fact to understand is that not all animals are friendly. If they’re trained to be wary of strangers or are a barker, then they can negatively impact how a buyer views the house. Sometimes, even the idea that a pet is living there can turn them off. There are also people who may be allergic or even afraid of pets. It’s best to keep the buyer’s interests in mind.

A mini vacation for your pets can be an affordable way to go. Although this might seem like just a fancy way of saying ‘put your pets in a cage,’ it’s a viable option. There are multiple pet hotel/care facilities that will look after your pet for a duration of time. Another option is to find a family member or friend who’d be willing to look after your furry or scaly friend, at least during open house hours. It’s not a good idea to leave the safety of your pets up to the realtor and potential buyers. While you could keep them behind a closed door, limiting full access to your home isn’t the best angle by realtor standards.

Regardless of where the placement of your pet will be, it’s important to remember what needs to be taken care of before opening your home. Be sure to remove any beds, toys, litter boxes, food bowls, and other items that show a pet lives there. Fix any damages made by the pets and odors that may linger. Steaming carpets and vacuuming can eliminate the smells and hair that pets leave behind.

Don’t take the considerations as a slap in the face toward your pets. It merely is a means to give you the best chance of selling your home and having successful showings. The stress and change during this time are never easy to get through, so consider what can be done to help alleviate some of the burdens.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/