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Last week I wrote a post in an attempt to shed light on the impact pets have
on a homes chances of selling. I wanted to get everyone's attention and the title did.
Let me say one more time: I LOVE PETS!!! I understand some pet owners
feel their pets are family members and some think their pets are better than
people and that is fine. The whole point is that if, during a showing, a
potential buyer is looking at the dog, cat, ferret, chicken or pot bellied pig,
They are NOT focusing on the home for sale. Due to the overwhelming response I
felt I should clarify a few things. There were a large number of replies that
had similar situations of aggressive dogs and cats and most all commented on the
pet odors that were killing sales. One commenter attempted to put the blame back
on the agent saying we should stop complaining because it was our job to find a
way around the pet issue. A few simple things could have saved most of the bad
showings. Here are a few things that could have helped.
When taking a listing be as honest as you can about the
negative impact on pets and odors (and any other negatives) and think of what
can be done to enhance showings.
Maybe bring a copy of my last post and show your seller all
of the negative comments received regarding pet issues. Most pet owners have
no idea how strongly buyers feel about these issues.
Keep in mind, to some their pet IS a family member
that you are discussing. You would be careful how you told them about their
kids, give their pets the same courtesy.
While you pets are cute and cuddly to you they are at least
a distraction to potential buyers. If you can find a pet sitter it will
greatly improve your odds of selling without them there during a showing.
Come up with a game plan before you list as to how to
handle your pets during showings. Leaving large aggressive dogs in the garage
or a bedroom still has negative impact as the buyers can still hear the
barking and growling. Like you would hire a sitter for your kids, maybe have
someone who can take the pet for a walk.
You may have became accustomed to the odor of pets but the
buyer may be offended. Keep litter boxes clean and carpets shampooed regularly
to help keep odors to a minimum.
Understand while your thoughts are important, the ONLY
opinion that counts during a showing is that of the potential buyer. Right or
wrong their thoughts can kill a deal or make a sale depending on how they
think the showing went.
Be as upfront and honest as you can to your agent about
fears or allergies. It can help narrow your search and limit showings to homes
better suited to your needs.
Understand we all have busy schedules and sometimes it is
just impossible to remove pets for showings. IF you are uncomfortable let your
agent know and they will reschedule after the pets have been removed.
Be as on time as you can in regards to showings. If too
early or late pets that were (or to be) removed may be there. Skipping homes
can throw entire day off by half an hour.
While there is no fix to cure all issues just a little pre planning and
patience goes a long way towards getting a home sold and THAT is what we are all
there for. Best of luck in all you do.
As always if you think the Big Rapids area is a place you would like to live give us a call (231) 796-5253 or check out either link below and we will help you find a house so the Big Rapids area can be your home too. Thanks for reading.
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