What Should I do with my Dog While Hosting an Open House?
You’ve taken the plunge and decided to sell your house. Prior to the sales process, you will undoubtedly need to make some aesthetic improvements, while consistently keeping your home clean and tidy throughout. One important element for projecting your home’s attraction and throwing a successful open house remains; what should you do with your dog while showing your home? Acknowledging and tackling this often understated afterthought will have you thanking yourself in the long run.
Chances are that if you are a dog or cat owner, your pet is an integral part of your family. However, while that may be the case for you and your peers, pets aren’t always well received. Ultimately, if you are hosting an open house, the answer is no, your dog should not be in the home. Dogs, like any pet, come with a certain amount of baggage. While to some, dogs may be considered smelly or dirty, other people are simply allergic or even afraid of them. You don’t want to lose potential buyers before they’ve even had the chance to begin their tour.
With this in mind, start planning early. Reach out to friends, family and other dog lovers alike to see if anyone would be willing to dog sit in the near future. Should there be a lack of volunteers there is an abundance of well-regarded doggie-daycares across the lower mainland.
Do your due diligence and interview with 2 or 3 and confirm who you feel is most qualified to look after Fido. Having a game plan in place as early as possible will ease any tensions or reservations you may experience along the way.
Despite seeming like a time-consuming task, having a dog free space offers you the potential to target a wider group of prospects, and in the end award you with multiple offers earning you the best price for your home.