Pets are people too, and if you are buying or selling a house, we want to make it as easy on your non-human family members as possible.
If you are buying a house, let’s keep in mind where your pets are going to live and play. Do you need a fenced yard? Is there a door to let the dogs in and out to the fenced area? Do you need Acreage for your horses? A room for your birds? (Yes, we had to find a house with a perfect Bird Room once!) Is there a ledge for the cat near a sunny window? While some folks think it is silly to put so much thought into what Fido might think, but we know how important your pet’s happiness can be.
If you are selling a house, there is a whole number of questions to be addressed. Will the animals be inside or outside? What are the plans for when the house is being shown? You may want to come pick Fluffy up if he is likely to be barking ferociously from a kennel during a showing. This is not very welcoming to a prospective Buyer, and will make the tour a short one. Also, having strangers in the house while their Humans are not there can be very stressful for animals. Some pets, such a snakes and reptiles, while beautiful to some can be off-putting for others simply by being there. Is there another place they could live until the house sells? Maybe they don’t have to be in the Living Room? If you have an aquarium, I hope it is beautiful and actually has fish in it. And I hate to be the one to tell you, but you might want to get a friend or neighbor to come give your house a “sniff test” to see if they think your fur babies are giving your home an odor Buyers won’t enjoy. Be prepared to vacuum regularly, clean the litter box daily, and wipe the nose prints off the windows. Cleaning up after the pets is just as important as making the beds. With a little planning and understanding, we can minimize the stress for you and your animals and get the house sold in a timely manner so your entire family has as little inconvenience as possible.
Whether Buying or Selling a home, we know your pets are important to you, so their needs are important to us, too. Let’s make sure the whole family is being considered during your next Real Estate transaction.