Pets? You have pets? ! We love pets! Some of us have them, some of us don’t. Some people love pets, some people don’t like pets (theirs or anyone else’s pets). This is just one of my pets, this is squirreling around Miss Magic, my three year old! We also have her pal, not related, Danube, we call Danny. He’s my shy guy. Getting a picture of him is not easy, he is camera shy.
So why a blog about pets. You love them if you have them. But others might not be as fond or desensitized to the smells of pets as those of us who live with them. Be very careful to CLEAN like a mad person when you have pets and a house on the market. I won’t go into the details, but I have had buyers leave the house before they completely toured it due in part to the daily lives (and smells) of pets in a home. Cat hair, stinky boxes, dog drool left to ferment, all of which is just not acceptable to most buyers. You may not even notice it, but they leave a trail of themselves as they go through the day in your home (the pets, not the clients).
In my case, I have a wonderful red sofa. I had no idea that Miss Magic likes to groom herself on the back of the couch until a tree ornament rolled behind the couch this Christmas. WELL, there was a fine white coating to that side of the sofa that I had not noticed. This was a new trick she had figured out, and had I not pulled the furniture to find the ornament, I would have missed it until Spring! That old hair she wanted to be rid of, for good reason, does have a tendency to create not so subtle odors.
Yards also take a beating with pets, especially large playful pups. So take a hard look at the plants, see if they might need replacement or trimming. In our case, we chose to add a new layer of playground bark to our yard so the pets don’t drag in as much dirt. This bark is great! It is not big enough for them to want to eat it (though the squirrels do love it), it is heavy enough to keep down the weeds, and promote clean play with our pets. And it is cheaper than new plants over all.
There are many parts of this business we don’t talk about, but getting your ready for what buyers expect takes some digging and some skills. Call me if you are planning on doing any renovations. Light ones like paint, or heavy ones like fully freshening your landscaping, I can weigh in on (no strings attached) and help you make wise decisions.
Finally, curb appeal is a very important factor in having your home on the market. Here in our rural communities, we most often cherish our pets over the curb appeal. And it doesn’t need be one or the other. Call me for some ideas, and we can walk about your house and decide how best to preserve the curb appeal without farming the pets to the relatives!