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Selling a home with a pet

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Marketa Jonas-Hagy
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Grab BagBy MARKETA JONAS-HAGY

Pets can be an extra concern, and even a challenge, when you decide to sell your home. And while there is no doubt they are special members of the family, not all visitors may feel the same way.The first step is to make a notation on the listing. Seller agents, and potential buyers, should know if they are visiting a home where there is a dog or cat. This is for the safety of your pet, as well as the visitors. You do not want someone to open the door using the lock box option and accidentally let the animal out. The best idea is to keep pets confined in a pen, either inside or out, or in a specific room, while the home is being shown. Be sure to put a sign on the door, alerting visitors to the room’s occupant.

If you have a cat or dog that is not stranger friendly, ask a friend or relative if the animal can stay with them until the home is sold. If this is not an option, tell real estate agents that they should only visit when you are home. This way, you can take the animal outside when buyers drop by.In addition, you want to be vigilant about pet hair and odors while the home is for sale. Keep a lint brush and a pet odor deodorizer handy. Open windows when the weather permits to help freshen the air indoors. It is also important to keep your pet’s eating area as clean as possible. Clean up spilled water, kibble and cat litter. If your yard is your dog’s toilet, make sure you clean it up regularly.



Things you may usually let slide may give a potential buyer a negative impression when a home is for sale.MARKETA JONAS-HAGY is a real estate broker with Century 21 Gold in Frisco. She has been helping people with their real estate buying and selling needs for 14 years. You can reach Marketa at (970) 668-2121 x 215, (800) 548-0021 x 215 or by e-mail at marketa@colorado.net.


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