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Jan 2011 Bevo Good BoyCan I sell my Forney, TX home..even if I have pets?  Well of course you can!  However, you do have to think through the process a bit more than a person pet free who decides to list their home.  If you are a pet owner- be it Cat or Dog (I will save the whole SNAKE/TARANTULA pet issue for another blog!)- be it cat or dog you need to think about potential buyers and perceptions.

The absolute first issue is odor.  If your pet has accidents- you need to address this now, before you list, rather than after the feedback reports start coming in- and they will come in- with comments like ‘smell is over powering’ or ‘ are they going to do anythign about the carpet prior to close?’ or the worst ‘buyer said they just don’t think they could ever get rid of those smells and are going to look elsewhere.’  – ouch, that hurts.

We all love our pets.  And those without pets all love being without pets.  We all, who love our pets, also become immune to the household odors that are often a part of pet ownership.  First step is to just go out for a few hours- and then walk back into your home- but this time pay attention to what the senses tell you when you open the front door.  Do you see it? Do you smell it? Does your nose tickle? Eyes burn?  If your sense tell you you are in the clear then take it one step further.  Ask a trusted friend who will be honest, or your REALTOR® to do the same and let you know what they see, smell, feel- upon entering your home.  [and have thick skin for this one, selling Real Estate for top dollar means listening and taking in some hard truths…YOU can handle it!]

Pet hair is noticeable, and a turn off, to potential buyers in many markets.  So keep on top of it- corners, curtains/drapes, bed linens/spreads- keep them as pet hair free as is humanly possible!  Your potential buyers will appreciate it- and the offer won’t automatically click click downward..due to the ‘ick’ factor.

Now with all of that handled the next issue is SHOWING days!  How will you handle the animals?  Best suggestion, if they are not out door types- in a kennel- is to crate them or remove them for showings, whenever possible.  By THEM- I do mean the actual animal and any sign they live there- from Fridge photos to water and food dishes and the squeeky toy or chew blanket….Set up a box in the garage you can toss them into quickly and close- [it will simply look like you are packing to move]. – and once you return after the showing it is easy enough to take things back out and make FIDO or KITTY feel at home again!  If your animal is crated- you want to be sure to have your REALTOR® put a note in the listing to ask potential buyers not to play with or approach the dog- although a sweetie, new people could make him/her nervous.  [The LAST THING you need is for a buyer or a buyer’s children to run up to the kennel and spook your precious pet]  Absolute best bet is to, as often as possible, remove the baby from the home for showings.

With your home priced right and the prelim work done and taken care of before listing- the goal is to keep the home on the market for as short a time as possible!  Everyone wins!


Happy House Hunting in North Texas. If you need a REALTOR® to list your current home, or are looking to buy or rent in the North Texas region- Give Dawn a call/text 860-575-5001 at Avery Properties/Avery Realty Group- where Sellers Enjoy 4% Listings and Buyers Enjoy Cash Back!! (ask me how…..)