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Tips for Easing Pet Problems in Real Estate

July 1st, 2008 11:31 AM by Lehel Szucs

Tips for Easing Pet Problems in Real Estate

Dale Stevens, an associate with Prudential Connecticut Realty in Enfield, Conn., has been bitten by dogs and assaulted by parakeets, but her worst experience came as a result of a cat sleeping in a chair: Her client, terrified of cats, took one look at the snoring feline and walked away from the deal.

If you are selling your home and have pets at the home, here are some suggestions for managing the potential problem.
  • Clear up allergy conflicts. Make it clear in the listing that a pet lives in the home to avoid any problem with potential buyers who have allergies.
  • Get rid of smells. Minimize odors by removing litter boxes and thoroughly vacuuming up dog and cat hair.
  • Move the dog out. Relocate the pets during the selling process. Moving the animal to the home of a friend or relative is the best solution.
  • Next best: to the basement. If the pet can’t be moved, then confine the animal to the basement or the garage.
  • No pets at showings. Take the pet with you during open houses and showings.
  • Pay for cleaning. Have the house thoroughly cleaned by a professional to get rid of any lingering pet odors and hair.
  • Hide the evidence. Remove evidence of the pet, like pet toys, feeding dishes and photos, which can distract potential buyers who don't like the idea of animals living in the house.
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Posted by Lehel Szucs on July 1st, 2008 11:31 AM

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