Home Staging

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage Plus

I'm an active staging professional in Palm Beach County. I'm working on a project now which is a $1,000,000+ home for sale. The sellers have cats and insist that the only place to keep the litter pans are in the den. I'm not worried about the odor so much as hiding them from view. The only solution I can come up with is to place a floor screen/room divider in front of them. If anyone has a better or more creative solution I will be eternally greatful.

Patti

Comments (6)

Leslie Hoyt
Hello Home! - Greenville, SC
Hello Home!

Hi Patti,

I used to live off Hypoluxo Road!! Worked in Boca! 20 years ago... 

This may sound a little weird, but it works, as I have done it before.

Using a wicker trunk/chest, I cut a hole in the side of it, toward the bottom, about 9" X 9" square, for the cat to get in an out of. The litter pan was inside the trunk. The trunk, because it had a lid on hinges, made the litter pan easily accessible for the sellers to empty/clean the pan. I made sure of where I wanted the chest, before I cut the hole to make sure I cut out the correct side, then set it against a wall in a corner, pulled far enough away from the wall, so the cat could get in and out. I used a template outline on the side of the trunk, and a jigsaw to cut the hole.

This suggestion all depends on if your sellers mind their kitties doing their business in the dark, LOL! :o) 

Hope that helps?

Have fun staging!

~Leslie 

Mar 11, 2008 05:57 AM
Leslie Hoyt
Hello Home! - Greenville, SC
Hello Home!
Oh, you could also use a wooden trunk - whichever you can find! ~Leslie
Mar 11, 2008 05:58 AM
Patricia Scott
RE/MAX Advantage Plus - Boca Raton, FL
This sounds like a great idea and I have actuallt seen ready made litterpan covers like this in high end pet stuff catologues. However these litter pans, and i should have mentioned this, are huge! They are electric and look something like a cement mixer. And of course they have TWO!.It would be much easier it they were simple litter pans.
Mar 11, 2008 06:15 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"
I guess it all depends on how badly your sellers want their home to appeal to their target buyer and get it sold.  Can you diplomatically advise them to place these prominent "kitty litter box machines" in a less conspicuous spot -- like the garage?  After all, cats are flexible and can learn a new "spot."  They're going to be moving anyway ... hopefully.  Removing evidence of pets is always on the Top 10 List of Things to do Before you List & Show your Home.  Good luck!
Mar 11, 2008 08:27 AM
Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

Is there a desk in the den?  You might be able to place them under the desk... or something my sister does, if there are built ins, is place the liter boxes inside one (or two) cabinets of the built-ins.  Remove the interior shelving, and just make sure the door is left slightly ajar.

Just a couple different options. 

Mar 11, 2008 08:43 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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