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Make Your Dog Disappear When You Sell Your Home

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By : M Shane    99 or more times read
No, I'm not talking about giving your pet away or taking him out in the back and... well I'm just not. However, when you're selling your home, you have to come to the realization that signs of your beloved puppy may be the dealbreaker when someone is making the decision whether or not to buy your property. Making your pooch "disappear" is going to give you the best chance at not only selling your home, but getting a good price for it.

As much as it seems strange to us dog lovers, many people are afraid of or downright loathe the four-legged side of things. A dog in the house or signs of it can elicit negative feelings that can taint a sale. Too, there are many people who are extremely and violently allergic - the least whiff of dog will send them into a sneezing fit. This is not a good thing for the potential resale value of your home!

The first thing you can do is make sure that your dog is properly bathed and groomed frequently. The more hair you collect with your brush, the less will be floating around the home. Consider a professional groomer's assistance to get your pooch squeaky clean. Keeping the dog clean means that there will be much less chance of doggy odor in the house.

Clean the house completely, paying particular attention to places where your dog frequents. There are products, like Nature's Miracle, that remove odors through enzyme action. There are also companies that will use enzyme cleaners to completely treat carpets and furniture. Avoid perfumes or aerosol sprays; they can trigger allergies and sometimes add a nose-piercing layer to an already unpleasant smell. You may be so used to your dog's odor that it just doesn't register with you, but it will register with a prospective buyer. Get a non-dog owning friend or neighbor to come in for a "sniff test".

Regular cleaning is especially important when you've got a dog. Vacuum every day. Covering places where the dog frequents with sheets or some other easily-bundled-up-and-hidden covering can speed up pre-tour cleaning by trapping hair.

Remove all signs of your dog and try to hide them. Put away all dog bowls, beds and toys before a showing. Make sure the yard is completely free of canine "leavings". If you have a crate or pen, fold it up and put it away. Seal up or try to minimize the appearance of dog doors. For the short time that people will be touring your home, it's worth it to pretend the dog doesn't exist.

With all this work, it doesn't make much sense to leave the dog to "greet" people at the door. Take him with you when you leave, put him in a kennel or leave him with a dog loving friend. Some people go so far as to put their dog in a kennel for the duration of a busy week of showings. You don't have to go that far, but the advantage of an invisible pawprint in the home cannot be overstated.

While it might be stressful for you to be constantly trying to clean up after your pet's least little shed hair, it can pay off when you sell. You will have a greater variety of buyers, you will be more likely to sell your home quickly and you will be more likely to sell it for your price.

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