The Preparation- "The Hard Work"
Inspect your home thoroughly for pet stains, damage and odor. Even the most well behaved dogs and cats will inevitably destroy something, including carpets, furniture, hardwood flooring, walls, doors, turf in your yard or your fence. Change the water in your fish tank. Pick up any "Pet Mess" and clean out the cat litter and bird cage before showings. Invest the time and funds into cleaning and repairs. Invite a trusted non- pet friend over to be your sniffer to double check for any unattractive lingering smells. DO NOT try to hide these with air fresheners and fragrant candles.
The Staging Process-"The Fun Part"
This is all about showcasing the fun and attractive things and putting away old, used and not so attractive. This is a perfect time to indulge your urge to purchase "Fluffy" some new toys and accessories, but be strong?you must purge or put away the chewed old faithful's. Consider hanging a cute leash on a fun hanger at the doorway. Decorate with some well-placed treat containers and food/water bowls. It is not suggested that family pictures be displayed while trying to market your home try some framed pet photos. Use a lovely box or bin to collect and display the new toys.
Purchase a cozy new pet bed or basket. Seek out something that will be a cute feature in the corner of your bedroom. Change up the décor in the fish tank. Paint the doghouse a pretty new color and consider a well placed small pet pool for the summer. Your pets will thank you and it will be a fun "splash".
The Showings "Time Out"
This is a perfect time to do what our pets love best. Take them on a walk to their favorite park or on a car ride. If you cannot be home and your pet is people friendly leave a treat on the Kennel with a note that says "Hi my name is "Fluffy" and I love treats" Families will love it. Turn on the aquarium light. If your birds or rodent friends are excitable cover the habitat for comfort. Always, Always, Always let your realtor know if a pet will be present during a showing.
Be Pet Safe
Remember pet safety and liability. One of the things you should do if you own a pet is check your home insurance policy and make sure that it does not exclude pet bite coverage if your dog is going to be home. The best suggestion is the fun walk.