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Open House with Pets

When you’re ready to put your Capital Region home up for sale, one of the parts of the process you’ll likely consider is doing an open house. Open houses allow a large number of prospective buyers to look at your property over a short period of time and can sometimes result in multiple offers coming in on the same day. Pets can complicate open houses, though. Many animals don’t like it when a lot of new people come into their homes, and some people don’t like entering homes with pets that aren’t theirs. Before you have an open house with your pet, consider the following.

Should you keep your pet away for the day?

Some pets can’t really get in the way, like fish, hamsters or lizards, but cats, dogs, and even parrots are a different story. In addition to the fear and anxiety that your pet might experience, there are people who aren’t used to being around pets, and their presence might reduce those prospective buyers’ interest in your property.

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You might need to remove your furry friend from home.

Finding somewhere else for your pet to spend the day is probably the best bet. You should always ask friends and family first if they can watch your pet for a few hours, since it’s easiest on your pet when they already know the person they are staying with.

If no friends or family members are available, you can always have your pet taken care of by a professional. There are plenty of daycares where you can drop your pet off for the day without worrying. In most cases, these daycares will text you with updates or photos of how your pet is doing. If you are on a budget and daycare is out of the question, see if someone in your neighborhood is up for watching your pet for a couple of hours for a small fee.

If you’ve hired a Saratoga NY real estate agent to sell your home, they will likely handle the open house on their own, which will free you up to spend the day elsewhere with your pet. Go to a local park, a pet-friendly restaurant, or spend the day hiking or exploring the outdoors while your open house takes place.

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Pet daycare is always an option if you need to have someone take care of your pet while you aren’t able to.

How to have an open house with pets there

If you have no choice but to leave your pet at home during the open house, make sure you confine them to a designated space where they’ll be least likely to interfere with showings. You will also want to warn prospective buyers (or have your realtor warn them) about the pets’ presence in case they have any allergies or aversions.

Clean your home before your open house

Presentation is everything when you’re selling your home, and it will look its best to prospective buyers when it’s clean. This is especially important to consider when you have pets who may track dirt, hair, and odors throughout your house.

You can find and hire a service to make your home spotless or you can do it by yourself, just remember to look at it from the perspective of a potential buyer and get rid of stains and smells you may have become blind to.

Hire professional help to do the cleaning for you before you have an open house.

Fix any damage that was caused by your pet

Before selling your home, make sure you fix any damage that your pets may have caused, including scratched moldings, stained carpets, and big holes out in the yard. Even the smallest fixes can help you get much more for your house than you would otherwise be able to.

Have other questions about getting your property ready for a showing or sale? Contact our agents today!