As an interior designer and home staging consultant, pets conjure up a big red flag and a potential mine field for me. In the past it was my job to rid any evidence of the household critters from existence during open houses and showings...and removed entirely for a time. Are pet owners afraid to invite us into their homes because they know what we will say: "GET RID OF TOR LOVED ONES...NOW!"
Some of you may already know about my change of heart (heart life actually) recently because of , and either the world has changed and filled up with dog and cat lovers or that is all I see these days. Either way...it is a animal lovers paradise that I now dwell in. So finding the Pet Friendly Real Estate Organization is not surprising to me.
Have we been taking the LOVE out of the home unknowingly? What is this new kind of love? Are we turning potential buyers who are animal lovers off? Do they see a home as cold and uninviting because there are no animals living there? I am wondering!
So how can we, as staging consultants, advise our sellers? Hide the bowls? Keep them hidden! I think it is something we really need to rethink. Stage the animal feeding area? Hmmm, why not? We stage the garbage can area. I would like to know what percentage of homeowners (both buyers and sellers) consider how their pets are going to fit into their new home.
Please take this short survey to help me find out if I am off my rocker or am I dead on. Have I just discovered the secret to successful selling and buying of real estate for 2007-2008? Do we buy our houses for our pets and we are just there to maintain them and try to be comfortable while doing it?
After you answer, you will be taken to Survey Monkey if you want to create your own survey. Then click on the back arrow until you have returned to this post to comment. I am looking forward to the results.