Whether you’re selling your home or you’re visiting potential new digs, your dog doesn’t need to dwell. Sell your home quickly by downplaying your pooch’s presence. Here’s how:
Find a real estate agent with experience selling homes with pets.
Not all Realtors have the same selling techniques or know how to sell a home with extenuating circumstances – such as having multiple pets on the premises. Many will simply suggest bottom dollar pricing for a quick turnaround. Donnita Hill has years of experience and can confidently guide you through issues of dog etiquette during your real estate transaction.
Turn a cold shoulder to your house.
Your house is no longer your home. At least, that’s what you should tell yourself as you make preparations to put it on the market. Remove personal items, such as photographs and artwork, and pay close attention to ways your dog has marked his territory. Chances are, there are scratch marks on the back door, unpleasant odors wafting through the air, and piles of dog hair in each corner. You will have the best chance at selling your home quickly if you rectify these issues before sticking a sign in the front yard.
Set the stage for a successful showing.
Clean your home from top to bottom once a week and do a little extra scrubbing in the hours before your open house. Keep the windows open to capitalize on natural light, which according to Architectural Lighting Magazine, creates a “visually and thermally comfortable place” where people feel at home. This also offers the opportunity for your home to air out, which will reduce or eliminate lingering pet odors. Don’t neglect the landscape as the outside of your home – its curb appeal – is the only opportunity you have to make a good first impression on potential buyers. Keep the lawn neat and tidy, fix any dog-dug holes, and take preemptive measures to prevent lawn burn, which is caused by an oversaturation of dog urine, according to the Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department at PetEducation.com.
Banish your best friend.
Dogs are certainly a man’s best friend, but money comes in a close second. Your dog’s presence during an open house or private showing can greatly diminish the home’s perceived value to buyers. Barking, growling, and other fearful bow wow behaviors brought on by anxiety can make time spent in your house a negative experience, meaning you take home less cash at closing. Take your dog out of the equation by having him boarded or sending him to doggy daycare for a few hours.
When you’re the buyer
If you’re selling, chances are you’re buying, as well. Here’s how to properly bring your pet along when you’re house hunting:
While it’s understandable that you want your dog to check out the property, he or she won’t ultimately make the decision for you. Wait until after closing to introduce your furry friend to his new forever home. You can check for potential pet hazards on each property you view to weed out homes that have clearly visible dangers, such as poisonous outdoor plants, unprotected fireplaces, or inadequate fencing.
Nearly half of all American households have dogs, so feel free to takes steps to ensure your home is pet friendly (without being obviously inhabited by animals). Keep it clean and make sure your dog doesn’t make an appearance during your open house, which can last anywhere from a few hours to all day. It takes diligence and a keen eye for detail, but it is possible to prep your property for successful showing, even if you have a plethora of pets to placate.