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10 Tips for Pet Owning Sellers

<a href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__b6Y0cLXpyI/RZXGKuB7zzI/AAAAAAAAAAM/bjq-PaKgNWI/s1600-h/Picture+003.jpg”><img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5014131647604051762″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 299px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 133px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” height=”168″ alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__b6Y0cLXpyI/RZXGKuB7zzI/AAAAAAAAAAM/bjq-PaKgNWI/s320/Picture+003.jpg” width=”316″ border=”0″ /></a><br /><div>Pet-owning sellers may turn off potential buyers if they don’t keep Fido or Fifi out-of-sight during showings.”If a dog or cat is around during a showing, I’ve found that a buyer either freaks out because they’re afraid of or allergic to animals, or they fall in love with the pet and don’t pay attention to the house,” says Maria Rovegno, a broker with Prudential Douglas Elliman in Port Washington on New York’s Long Island.</div><br /><div></div><br /><div>Here is a list of advice for sellers when showing a house that has a pet:</div><br /><div>1. Remove photos of pets from the walls, shelves, or refrigerators.</div><br /><div>2. Clean food and water bowls regularly, and hide them when not in use.</div><br /><div>3. Stash away pet toys, crates, carriers, and leashes.</div><br /><div>4. Vacuum carpets, upholstery, and wood floors.</div><br /><div>5. Keep litter boxes clean and out of sight, and remove signs of doggy potty pads.</div><br /><div>6. Open windows to let in fresh air.</div><br /><div>7. Neutralize odors with fresh-smelling candles and air sanitizers.</div><br /><div>8. Hire professionals to remove unsightly pet stains.</div><br /><div>9. Board or crate animals during open houses.</div><br /><div>10. Repair visible signs of pet damage, such as scratched walls or floors.</div><br /><div></div><br /><div>Source: Newsday, Aimee Fitzpatrick Martin (12/29/06)</div><br /><div></div><br /><div>I agree. Also, make sure your buyers know that youa re taking them to a home with a pet. They might be allergic or against certain pets. Your agent should check with the Listing broker to make sure there are no pet issues.</div><br /><div></div><br /><div>I did find a cat in an apartment (I was advised), but I did not understand his eating habits. See the picture above to see what I mean……a cat that can lie down and eat at the same time!</div><br /><div></div>

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