When you’re ready to sell your home, I’ll advise you how to successfully price, present and market your property; but some “family members” may be left out of the loop, completely unaware of the process and feeling the attendant anxiety. No, it’s not your kids, but your pets.
In the Bennington VT real estate market, there are many households that have pets, and we work hard to make sure that your pets are not inconvenienced any more than necessary when marketing and selling your home.
Unfortunately, there is no way to communicate to your pets what to expect during a showing, and sometimes their barking or jumping or hissing or scratching can be a real turn-off to otherwise enthusiastic and qualified Buyers.
We know that our animal companions are creatures of habit, and strangers visiting your home can be very stressful. How do you successfully show your home and protect your pets at the same time?
The ideal solution, especially early in the listing when you can expect multiple showings, is to board your pet during the day (doggie or kitty daycare!), or have a trusted friend or family member baby-sit your pet at their home. For weekend and evening showings, you can plan to take the dog for a short walk during the showing. This can involve effort and cost, but it’s ultimately safer and less stressful for your pet, while insuring your home is shown under the best circumstances. If this is just not possible, consider a large comfortable crate in a room with a television or radio.
Finally, keep pets, bedding, furniture and carpeting clean. Take a few steps and plan to make buyers and pets more comfortable during showings. I enjoy bonding with the pets of my Client’s and while I might spend enough time with them that they would be accustomed to me, they may not be as welcoming to a stranger. It’s important that you plan ahead to make this time less stressful for your four legged family members.
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