Thursday, August 13, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
Some people just can’t seem to get enough time with pets. In fact, last year, Airbnb began offering a new category to their "Airbnb Experiences" called "Airbnb Animal Experiences." In that subcategory, visitors can choose out of 1,000 (yup—one thousand) experiences involving all types of animals from all over the world. We happen to know of one such Airbnb listing in Piermont, NY which offers guests the pleasure of spending time with their pig. (I guess we’d have to call that an Airbn-P.) Undoubtedly there are many more in the rural reaches of the Hudson Valley.
Most households include a pet of some kind. Sixty-seven percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA).
When selling your home, your pets are members of the family, but not everyone wants to meet them, especially buyers. When your home is on the market, be sure to make plans for taking care of your furry friends, either by taking them with you when you leave before a showing, or making arrangements so they’ll be safe and out of the way somewhere in the home. A barking dog creates a stressful environment for the buyers — as well as for Rover.
Clean up pet dishes and pet food left out. Likewise clean and deodorize cat litter boxes, and dog pee pee pads. One of the biggest turn-offs for buyers is the smell of animals in the house - a smell many owners have become accustomed to. Also clean up any indiscretions left in the yard
Be sure you have situated your indoor pets in such a way that they can not escape, and be sure to instruct visitors which door NOT to open in the showing instructions.
Pets are our best friends, and deserve the special attention they need to get through the home selling process.
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