Monster Dog Crate

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Home Stager with Staged Makeovers
I just staged the home of a client that has TWO New Foundland's.  They are the size of a small horse.  In their back entry area they had the biggest dog crate I've ever seen.  I couldn't tell them to move it into the garage because it would entail dismantling it.  Plus that's where they put the dogs while they are gone.  It's such an eyesore but I guess we're stuck with it.  Any suggestions?
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Rainmaker
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Cheryl Johnson
Highland Park, CA
Maybe toss a colorful afghan throw over the crate, and set a vase on top of it?
Jul 26, 2007 05:32 AM #1
Rainer
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Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
I sympathize with you concerning this problem. Pets is homes is a real problem. During showings the presence of pets and/or their paraphernalia is very distracting.
Jul 26, 2007 05:49 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Fabric...do you sew?  It would be a simple project to construct a cover in a nice, washable fabric. Stagers..if you don't sew you need lessons...saves me bundles of $$ and I can create for specific needs of any house.   Also, the projects are great for those times, when and if, business is slow or the weather is interfering.  All that you basically do for most projects is straight stitching.  I feel a new blog coming on. 

Sharon can you post a photo..that would help with suggestions.

 

 

Jul 26, 2007 06:10 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario
Hi Sharon, has the house been on the market for long?  What sort of feedback is the agent getting? It sounds like there isn't much you can do with the crate.  My only suggestion would be to see if their dogs could go on a little vacation to a relative's house for a while.  Of course that isn't always possible though.  I wrote a post called 'Pets & Home Showings' - maybe there will be a couple of other things in it that might be of assistance. 
Jul 26, 2007 06:18 AM #4
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Susan Smith
Rooms That Work LLC - Sandy Hook, CT

Wow...is there an oder issue as well?  Where do they put the dogs during showings?  If they're going to stay, you can't very well hide them.  So why not stage the cage?!  Stage the interior of the cage w/doggie accessories (homeowner should buy them...lord knows you can't do them again).  Frame a print of a kitty and hang it inside the cage...sew a pretty dog bed.  Add faux dog-bone love beads!  Ok, I'm getting carried away, but it would be fun to see! ;)

Jul 26, 2007 06:25 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

Too funny -- stage the cage -- I'd be concerned the dogs would devour their accessories!

I like the idea of making a cover, but if the rooms small and the crate is huge; the rooms going to look evern smaller with the crate covered.  Maybe that's not an issue?

Jul 26, 2007 06:51 AM #6
Anonymous
Charlene
I staged the house while the realtor was there taking pictures for the MLS.  It's not even on the market yet so I'm not sure how buyers will react to it.  I look up your post on the issue.  Thanks.
Jul 26, 2007 07:16 AM #7
Anonymous
Susan
No odor issue despite the size of the dogs.  She told me she baths them regularly and takes them to get groomed to minimize the shedding.  That is the only sign of pets, bowls are kept outside and they must hide the toys as well.  I just love your idea about staging the inside of the crate.  Your suggestions are so creative that I will share them with the homeowner.  Thanks much!
Jul 26, 2007 07:23 AM #8
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Sharon
Sorry Charlene and Susan.  I put your names in when leaving a response.  Still learning the AR system.  I'm a newbie as of this week.  It's a blast and very addictive!  Thanks for your suggestions even though they look like you guys are responding to your own entries!
Jul 26, 2007 07:26 AM #9
Anonymous
Sharon
Karen, the crate is in a hall area where there is a nook just right for its size.  The crate's appearance seems to be more of the issue so I'll pass on the creative staging suggestions for the inside of the crate to the homeowner.
Jul 26, 2007 07:27 AM #10
Rainer
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Susan Smith
Rooms That Work LLC - Sandy Hook, CT

Hey Sharon, how did you know I talk to myself all the time!  :)  And welcome to AR...yes, it IS addictive!  I have a friend who lives in Hudson...do you know the Lysaght's?

Jul 26, 2007 08:53 AM #11
Rainer
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Michelle Ewing
Trademark Realtors - Riverside, CA
Riverside, CA
They have dog crate covers at petdreams.com. The cost is $69.99 for the 3-piece set (crate cover, bumper and mattress).  The largest size is 48" x 30".  They come in denim, hunter, khaki and burgundy.  This might help you if you can't sew or don't have the time to sew (like me!).
Jul 26, 2007 11:58 AM #12
Anonymous
Sharon
Susan,  I'm glad I'm not the only one that talks to myself!  I wouldn't get anything done otherwise.  No, I don't know that family in Hudson.  Where are you from?
Jul 27, 2007 03:37 AM #13
Rainer
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Susan Smith
Rooms That Work LLC - Sandy Hook, CT
Hi Sharon, I spent over 20 yrs in Columbus...my fam is still there.  Since then I've been in NJ, IN, and now CT.  (Go Bucks!)
Jul 27, 2007 03:47 AM #14
Anonymous
Sharon
Susan,  Wow, you've really gotten around!  And I agree, Go Bucks!!!!
Jul 27, 2007 04:55 AM #15
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