Dogs Everywhere!

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Home Stager with Janice Ankrett Home Staging

 

 

 

 Ok cats too!

There are so many animal lovers out there. I'm one of them ;). My 10yr. old doggy wonder is asleep on my lap.

Yesterday I did 3 staging consults with either a dog or a cat or both in the house.

While as a person, I love meeting all these pets, as a Stager I know that they will be a problem while selling.

Most buyers and Realtors would prefer not to be greeted by your dog or cat no matter how friendly.

They don't want to listen to your crated dog crying or barking in a crate.

It makes them rush through the viewing.

                                       Some will skip the viewing all together.

                                                  While they are dealing with your pup or kitty they are not focused on your house.

   

             The focus of the buyer should always be on the features of your home.

Think how your dog will feel when he is all alone and someone has just invaded his territory.

Maybe he will welcome them and expect them to let him out ... that's not going to happen.

Will your cat escape out the front door?

There is also the issue of smells from pets. Particularly kitty litter. I had one client who was going away for a few days. While the seller had someone coming in ,they would not be dealing with the litter box sitting in the laundry room. I pointed  out the problem but the client was unwilling to change its location.

Do you really want to narrow down your buyer pool to animal lovers?

Take Fido for a walk during viewings.

If you leave Fido home alone while you are at work consider a dogie daycare or a relative.

Ask a neighbor or a friend to be available if your agent calls.

Make sure the beds, toys, dishes etc are out of the way. Do your best to shampoo any area where the oils of the coat or accidents may leave a lingering scents.

Do yourself, your dog/cat and the buyers a favor and make your home an animal free zone for viewings.

 

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Rainer
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Kaera Mims
Liz Moore & Associates - Fort Monroe, VA
Associate Broker, e-PRO, REALTOR; Hampton, Newport News, York Co.

Hi Janice! Thank you a THOUSAND times for this post. I want to share it to every Realtor in my area and read it to them personally to make sure they understand it. I am not an avid animal lover (please don't shoot me, blame my parents that I didn't grow up with any  and there was an incident with a friendly dog and a small bite:-(), so for me it isn't about dislike, but fear and unfamiliarity, which i am sure of clients. Either way, you make great points ans Realtors should take heed!

Aug 11, 2010 02:11 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Kaera, I had one client that had been on the market previously. She couldn't understand why the Realtor and buyer wouldn't come in when her large dog was loose on the other side of the door barking.

It's only common sense to make your home a totally positive experience for as many buyers as possible.

Aug 11, 2010 02:19 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I so totally agree Janice. I address this with every client's home I walk into that has a pet. I find  most often that dog owners will come and take their dogs out of the home when they have a showing or crate them (which isn't a choice I agree with....a barking dog throughout your tour of a home is not relaxing). Anyway.....I find that most cat owners don't think it is an issue and leave their cats to roam.

Many people are highly allergic to cats and although they may not be vicious they need to be removed as well. Plus, people and their kids may abuse the pet by chasing it, etc so for the pets safety remove it.

Since I am an owner of St. Bernards....I know the hassle of loading up your pets and driving around while someone views your property but you gotta do what you gotta do. Great post.

Aug 11, 2010 03:01 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

Janice,

 

You are right on the money here, and the money could easily be $10,000 to $20,000.

 

Brian

Aug 11, 2010 03:05 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is so important and can't be repeated enough.  I not only ask that the pets be removed for showings, I ask that all evidence of the pets be removed also.

Aug 11, 2010 03:24 PM #5
Rainer
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Lee Ann Obenauer
Metro Roberts Realty - Buffalo, NY

I went to a showing in which the owner had a little "drop kick dog" that barked the entire time I was there. The owner even went outside and he continued to bark.  It was very distracting

Aug 11, 2010 04:12 PM #6
Rainer
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Not In Real Estate Any Longer
Autaugaville, AL

Hi Janice,

It's true. Animal lovers don't understand that not everyone loves animals and they shouldn't limit their buyers to those who do.

As a REALTOR who specializes in sellers with pets, I just don't tell sellers you need to do this or that, I do if for them. For example: If they're at work and can't take Fido for a walk during a showing I'll do it for them or if they go on holidays and need someone to visit with Kitty, I've no problem doing that and I'll take care of the litter box too :)

Aug 12, 2010 04:03 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Thanks Shar! Cat owners are usually the hardest because cats don't travel well.

Brian, that's a significant sum.

Sharon, I do too. The less focus on the pet situation the better. Toys etc can be tripped over as well.

Lee, I had a small dog bark all the way through a consult. I've also had my leg humped :)

Pam, All Realtors should be like you ;). Not so easy for non-animal agents.

Aug 12, 2010 04:13 AM #8
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Kathleen Emhof
Buffalo, Amherst, Orchard Park and Western New York - Buffalo, NY
Home Staging and Redesign, Experts in Transition

Janice, I don't think we can stress this enough!  Thank you for posting!

Pet lovers find it distracting, too, as they want to pay attention to the beautiful kitty or friendly labrador retriever....and never see the gorgeous crown moulding or view of the ocean! 

 

Aug 12, 2010 04:41 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Kathleen, that's right. Animal lover or not, pets are distracting. One of my sellers was wise enough to send her dog to her Mom's. Less dog hair and less worry.

Aug 12, 2010 05:53 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Janice, I think I have more dog stories than the mail man!

Ty

Aug 13, 2010 04:28 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

I'm sure you do Ty LOL.

Aug 13, 2010 08:42 AM #12
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Janice -- we always have to educate our seller clients about how to handle pets when your home is on the market....by the way I love your animated pets on your post!  Where did you find them?

Aug 13, 2010 08:48 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Thanks Maureen. I found the animations in Bing clip art. They looked so cute I couldn't resist.

Aug 14, 2010 04:04 AM #14
Rainer
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San Diego, CA

If someone is having a problem with smells from kitty litter, they aren't using the right kitty litter.

Aug 17, 2010 04:15 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Russel, most of the time it is lack of maintenance.

Aug 17, 2010 04:27 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

John,

You are the very type of viewer that sellers should think about when listing their house.

You allergic reaction is going to leave you with a negative feeling about their house or you may just refuse to view it at all.

Aug 17, 2010 09:15 AM #18
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