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5 Tips for Showing Your Home

Tip #1: Fido and Fluffy

March 29, 2018

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

We all (well most of us) have a special place in our hearts for our furry friends. Our houses would not be homes without them. They are almost as important as your human children. Hey, we don’t judge. We get it. And we know that they are an important part of our families.

BUT here’s the deal: when you’re showing your house, we want a potential buyer to focus on the features and benefits, not to get distracted by the evidence of pets. Our team is here to support you, and ultimately, get the best results out of your buy/sell experience.

If you have a pet, here are some things to consider before and during a showing:

Clean up any spots of odor. It is not enough to light candles or sprinkle Arm & Hammer on the carpets. If there are any spots of repeated soiling (even the nicest cats can be jerks sometimes), get the carpet professionally cleaned, or better yet, replace it. Pet urine requires a cleaner that breaks down chemical bonds. We’d recommend Stain and Odor Eliminator by Rocco & Roxie.

Run a vacuum. A pet or not, there’s just something wondrous about freshly vacuumed carpet. Get in those nooks and crannies, where pet hair seems to multiply.

Put in a fresh furnace filter. Your furnace filter absorbs a lot of your pet’s dander and hair, and if you haven’t replaced it in a while, doing so can make a big difference. Changing your furnace filter is a quick, simple fix, and can improve the quality of your home’s air.

Clean up “presents.” You know what we’re talking about. Especially with the snow melting, it’s important to clean up any of those gifts left behind. With a kitty, clean up any used litter, but take this as an opportunity to clean out the entire box. Odor does settle into plastic, and to help eliminate that, use warm water and a mild detergent to clean it out. We suggest setting it in the garage (clean, of course).

Take them with you. Put her in a crate/carrier and take her with you. Showings and even open houses generally don’t last longer than a couple of hours.

What to do when you can’t take them…

Crate them. We’ve had a client once that had 5 cats. Our client crated them all in one big dog crate, including the litter box, and put it in the garage. He covered the crate with a light blanket, and put a cute sign on it: “Our cats are a part of our family, but we know they’re not a part of yours. Please keep fingers out as they are not used to being crated.”

Remember, if a potential buyer isn’t a pet owner like you are, evidence of your pets can distract them from thinking about what it might be like to live in your home. If the buyer has kids, they might be afraid of animals (or your animals might be afraid of them!).

We love pets, and as your real estate professionals, we will help you through any hairy situation. Give us a call today!