From what to do with Spot during showings to how to how to keep him safe on moving day, we’ve got you covered with this quick Q&A.
What special circumstances must dog owners consider when listing a home?
More than half of all homes in the United States have at least one resident canine. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it any easier when it’s time to sell. Pet owners must consider any damage their dog has caused, odors throughout the house, and the safety of buyers and real estate professionals. These issues must be addressed before listing in order to get the best price and fastest turnaround time.
My dog has dug holes in the yard. How can I improve my curb appeal?
Your home’s landscape and exterior is the first thing your buyers see and curb appeal (or lack thereof) leaves a lasting impression. Fix any damage, including holes and brown spots, in the lawn and clean up any toys, broken sticks, and animal droppings that buyers might see (or smell) when scoping out the property. Replace deck boards, railings, and siding pieces that have been chewed or significantly scratched. This is on top of mowing the lawn and trimming the hedges, which you should do regardless.
Can I leave my dog at home when the house is being shown?
It’s always best to stick Spot somewhere else during showings or open houses. Even the most precious poodle may get nervous with new faces popping in and out. One of the best things you can do for your dog during this time is take him for a long walk. You may also consider hiring a pet sitter or dog walker if you need to hand off pooch duty to someone else.
There are pee stains on the carpet but I can’t afford to have it replaced. What should I do?
Accidents are an unfortunate fact of life when you have dogs in the house. But, no matter how much you scrub on your hands and knees, urine smells tend to linger in the air. Carpet cleaning can get expensive but it’s worth the investment if you can keep your dog out of carpeted rooms while your home is on the market. Groupon often offers serious discounts on this and other home services.
How can I get rid of pet hair in the air?
Pet hair is another issue pet parents tend to overlook. But when your home is on the market, hair and microscopic dander particles may trigger an allergic reaction in potential buyers. Also, if the home is well lit or sun is shining through the windows, hair flying through the air will make your home appear dirty. The only sure way to eliminates dog hair and dander is to remove him from the home completely. If that’s not an option you’ll want to invest in an air purification system. Home Air Quality Guides recommends the Winix WAC9500. It’s up there in price ($195 - $250) but may cut down on your cleaning time and make your home more agreeable to real estate agents and buyers.
I’m a buyer. Can I bring my dog with me to open house?
Just as you wouldn’t bring your uninvited pets to a friend’s home, you should never arrive to an open house with Fido in tow. If he causes damage to the home, you may be stuck footing the bill.
What’s the best way to pack to minimize my dog’s anxiety?
Don’t pack everything all at once and keep the rooms in which your dog spends the most time as close to normal as possible until the last minute.
My dog doesn’t like strangers. Should I still hire a moving company or do it myself?
Having a professional moving company is almost always the best option. Not only will they carry insurance in case any of your personal belongings are damaged, your movers will have experience packing large, awkward, or fragile items. If your dog is less-than-friendly, put him in a crate or an occupied room while movers are present and explain that he is not a “people pooch.” Never leave your dog unsupervised with movers even if he or she is not typically aggressive.
Article provided by Medina at DogEtiquette.info
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