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How do I handle showings with beloved pets in residence?

January 3, 2019

As an animal lover, I know pet owners need to take a few extra precautions when listing their home.

Below are a few key tips to help you prepare. I recommend taking these steps well in advance of listing your home because they can take time and can involve multiple family members.

1) Have an outsider, like a friend or your Realtor, do a walk through to check for fur, smells, damage to doors and screens, carpet stains, clutter, and pet waste.

Remember, most pet owners do not smell their own pets, but buyers and brokers will. Have a handyman make all repairs and have the house professionally deep cleaned with products specific to dog and cat issues.

2) Hire a cleaning service to come in weekly to keep it up to snuff.

3) Vacuum and Swiffer daily and empty the cat box every time it’s used.

4) Consider specific showing times when you know you will be there to take the pets for a ride. For showings, removing your pets from the house is the best option.

5) If pets cannot be removed, hire a young neighbor to take them for a walk. Another option is to crate them in a quiet area, cover the crate with something familiar to make a cozy den, and play soft music.

6) Do not leave bowls of food and water out.

7) A daily cleanup of the backyard or dog run is imperative.

8) Just as with children’s toys, pick up all pet toys and keep in a basket.

9) One last thing: Remember, pets are people too and can have psychological issues as a result of moving. If you are moving locally take them to see the house and walk the neighborhood often.

By taking these precautions you will have gone a long way in ensuring buyers can focus on your house’s key qualities. You’ll also reduce stress for you, your family, and even your pets.

Pamela Schwanke,

Halstead Connecticut, LLC,

(203) 856-4194, pschwanke@halstead.com

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