What should I do with my pets during showings?
here are many options! I always get permission to explain pets in the showing instructions for other agents to see and convey to their clients.
• If you can, remove the pets from the home. Go for a drive/walk, to the dog park, or a pet friendly coffee shop.
•If your pet is car anxious, or it's too cold for a long walk or dog park, cage the pet. If they aren't used to a cage, try a few times before your home hits the market. You don't have to allow long showings. Usually 20-30 minutes is enough, and your pet doesn't have to be caged for very long.
•You can board or find a doggie daycare, but that doesn't work for everyone's lifestyle and budget.
•If your pet is a cat and most likely hide, just leave a note (along with showing instructions) that there's a pet around and to not disturb.
•If you have an reptile or other pet that is usually caged, leave a note for the showing and make sure cage is secure.
•Your agent and local vet should have some suggestions for removing pet odors. Cages and aquariums should be cleaned more than your usual routine to keep odors away and the look of cleanliness. If you have a pet that sheds a lot, prepare to vacuum and dust more to keep your home show ready.
What can I do to make my house sell fast and at a high price?
How do I know someone isn't going to steal my stuff?
You don't but there are some precautions you can take, and take comfort in the fact that each showing is tracked by your listing agent.
These are general answers to general questions. They may not pertain to your situation and are not meant to override your current broker's advice. This is not legal advice, please advise your attorney for legal advice.
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