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Three Things Dog Owners Must Consider When Selling Their Home

Posted by Monica Williams on August 25, 2017
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When selling your home and moving to a new one, the fact is that it may be best to involve your dogs as little as possible. Even potential buyers that love animals can be turned off by the presence of someone else’s dog – and all the evidence of their existence that they leave behind. Selling a house is about allowing the buyer to imagine themselves living there, and sometimes that’s harder to do if the house appears too “lived in.” You love your pooch, but you don’t really want to advertise their presence. Here are some essential tips for dog owners who are selling their home.

Your house needs to be rid of its dogginess

When a potential buyer comes to a showing of your home they don’t want to be reminded at every turn that a dog (or a few dogs) have had free range of the house for years. The first, and most obvious thing you should do to prepare your home for potential buyers is to put away your dog toys, food & water bowls, dog beds, and pick up any potential “land mines” in the backyard.

One thing many homeowners don’t seem to understand is that a house full of dogs is going to smell like dogs. You may be used to the particular smell, but potential home buyers are not. Carpets and rugs should be cleaned (steam cleaned, if possible). Spots on furniture should be handled. You need to vacuum and/sweep up any dog hair that’s amassed in corners. Buy air fresheners (plug-ins) to help cover up any leftover odors. Candles burning during a showing tend to draw attention and make people feel like you’re trying hard to cover something up.

Your house needs to be rid of your dogs

This is as much of a benefit to your dogs as it is the potential sale of your home. Strangers coming in and out of a house during an open house can make dogs very nervous. Even dogs who’ve been taught proper etiquette often can’t avoid the temptation to bark at and jump on new people. You don’t want to turn off a potential buyer because you had scary, aggressive, or even just annoying dogs at the house during a showing.

Locking them in a room isn’t an option, as all parts of a home need to be open during an open house (even the yard). The best option is to leave your dog with a friend or neighbor for the day, but you also have the option to hire someone to watch them or take them for a walk.

What about the actual move?

If you’re hiring movers, chances are they don’t want to have to deal with your dogs when trying to carry a couch down a flight of stairs. And as with your house showings, your dogs probably won’t like having strangers traipsing through their house for hours. The advice here is to keep your dog as far away from the action as possible. If you don’t want to board your dog for the day, try keeping it in the backyard of your new home during the move-out process and when the moving truck leaves, take the dog back to the old, empty home until the move-in process is completed.

For the sake of you, the sale of your home, the potential buyers, your eventual movers, and yes, your dog itself, it’s usually best to keep it as far removed from the entire home buying process as you can.

Contact The Jonville Team if you thinking of selling or have any questions regarding your pet’s wellnes during the selling process. Thank you dog etiquette for our personalized blog!

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