I know you love your dogs. I know you love your cats. And for some reason that I’ll never understand, I know you love your snakes. But not everyone does.
You’ve made the decision to sell your home, and with that comes the knowledge that strangers will be traipsing through your home peeking into closets and cabinets, looking into attics and cellars and sitting at the table and on the couch getting a feel for the kitchen and living room. I’ve yet to have someone lay on a bed to get a feel for the bedroom but……
So you’ve scrubbed, packed, decluttered and staged. The dog hair is vacuumed up, the litter box is clean, empty and odor free. Thank you for that, by the way, your home is now truly “show ready”.
BUT, since you’re a pet owner, you still have one more thing to do. Please remove your dogs and cats prior to the showing! Yes, remove them. There is nothing worse than trying to show a home with barking and lunging dogs and sneaky and escaping cats. If the potential buyer is not a dog lover, the minute they hear a bark, they become nervous. I’ve had buyers decide NOT to look at a home because of barking dogs inside, even if it’s the house they put #1 on their list. If buyers have allergies, walking into a house and having a welcoming cat rub up against their legs can send them right out the door before they even see the foyer.
This may sound harsh, but it’s reality. So find a doggy day care, a cat sitter or pet walker…..but when we’re coming to decide if YOUR home is going to be THEIR home, don’t let your pets be the decision makers!
Oh, and please, cover the snake tank. Please.