Pets and Home Showings - Tips From A Home Stager

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Home Stager with Dezigner Digz

Roxy - 1.5 years old

Look at this picture.  You've got to love her.  No wonder they call dogs Man's Best Friend.  Nobody loves dogs more than I do, however, when you are selling your home there are certain things you need to consider:

  • Hair - As the owner of a Golden Retriever, I sure know what it's like to keep on top of the constant accumulation of pet hair.  No matter how many times you clean, the hair will seem to magically reappear within no time at all.  It's important while selling your home that you vacuum and sweep on a daily basis to keep on top of it.  If only I could train my dog to push a broom!
  • Odours - Make sure that you keep litter boxes clean.  They should be emptied on a daily basis.  Any furniture that your pets sit or sleep on should be steam cleaned and deodorized.  You may not notice these odours yourself as you live there.  It might be a good idea to ask a friend if they can detect anything.  Don't be offended if they are honest with you.  After all, that's what you want. 
  • Fear of Dogs - If at all possible, try to leave your pets with a friend or family member during showings and especially during Open Houses.  Some people are afraid of dogs.  No matter how friendly Rover is, when a potential buyer sees him racing down the hallway at full speed, he might get frightened.  You want to encourage people to spend time looking around your home.  They won't if they are scared of your dog.  It can also be a very nerve racking experience for agents to go to your home (especially when you are not there) to do a showing and wonder what sort of reception they will receive on the other side of the door. 
  • The Great Escape - Have your real estate firm advise other agents prior to showings that you own pets.  They should be instructed not to let them outside and to take care that they don't try to escape.
  • Toys - Put away all of your pets toys and leashes during showings.  They create clutter and can be a potential hazard to small children that are accompanying their parents for a showing.      
  • Lawn Care - It's important to also maintain your lawn.  Pick up after your pets on a regular basis and water your lawn frequently (unless there are water bans in your area).  This will help keep your lawn from getting burn marks, especially in very hot weather.

(I couldn't get my Golden Retriever to pose today - she just wouldn't cooperate.  Maybe she was having a bad hair day.  This picture is from the Canadian Golden Retrievers website.)

Charlene Storozuk, Dezigner Digz

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Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario
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Kathleen & Maureen - Thanks for your comments

Juliet - I bet people don't stay long at that house!  I hope it doesn't affect your stats too much.

Terry - First you have to master the art of:  (1) playing hockey  (2) drinking strong beer and (3) using the word 'eh' a lot.  I could probably give you some pointers on the last two!  - Just kidding.

July 13, 2007 08:25 AM
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Stephanie Heron
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Hi Charlene - thanks for the reminders. I have two goldens and my house is on the market! My REA shows by appointment only mainly so I can vacuum up the dog hair and get my little darlings into the car and take them to Starbucks:) I clear away any evidence of pets - always doing one last sweep of the back yard before we leave. I have been told that you would never guess the house had dogs living in it.

By the way - we spell kinda funny in my house too - I am a Brit and my husband is a Canadian.

Stephanie

July 18, 2007 10:26 AM
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Charlene Storozuk
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario
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Stephanie - Thanks for your comments.  Wow, two goldens - you have your hands full!  They're great dogs aren't they?  Good luck selling your home.  I'm sure you have staged it beautifully, so it won't be on the market for long. 
July 18, 2007 02:27 PM
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Carolyn Hollier

This makes sense and all but I have two cats what should I do with their litterbox? I have no where to take the cats and it would be hard if not impossible to take them out of the home before each showing. And I cant take their litterbox away, I wouldnt want them to make a mess on the floor.

I've come to the conclusion that I'm just going to buy a house first then sell the old one last. Which is why I must wait until I can afford it!  Thanks for the tip though ;)

August 16, 2007 10:07 PM
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Charlene Storozuk
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Carolyn - You're right, litterboxes are a problem - you can't exactly hide them and you can't put your cats outside for showings if they are indoor cats.  Thanks for your comments! 
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