I get it, pets are family. When you are selling your home, parting with a family member is hard. I understand - I have a silly yellow lab named Milo. I know how much fun all pets are and how hard it is to part with them, even for a little while. In fact, I'll show you how cute my fur-baby is, just because.
Cute, right? How can you say no to that furry face.
The reality is pets bring in a lot of dirt, shed lots of hair and leave paw prints everywhere they go. To us animal owners (and animal lovers) it is part of life. But to others, this is a huge turn-off when purchasing a home.
This time of year, our pets are shedding, getting ready to put their winter coats on. What does that mean? Hair. Everywhere. You can sweep 2-3 times a day and still sweep up a wad of hair.
However, when selling your house, your home needs to be in pristine condition at all times and needs to appeal to the widest number of buyers possible. Having a pet isn't everyones cup of tea, no matter how cute they are.
Below, you will find 3 suggestions of what to do with your beloved pets throughout the listing, staging and moving process.
1. Boarding - The number one suggestion I have as a home stager is to board your pets. As an avid animal lover, please do some research on boarding facilities prior to dropping your pet off. Most boarding facilities will allow you to view the rooms available and allow personal items to help your pet feel at home. If they do not allow you to view the facility, move onto a different one.
Personally, I've used Country Paws Boarding, located in Breslau and my lab loved it there. Country Paws has two locations in the area. One in Breslau and another in London. They have a super convenient system to book your pets in online and drop off is a breeze.
2. Doggy Daycare - If boarding isn't an option for you, drop your pup off at daycare during the day. This will burn off excess energy while you are away at work, leaving one tired dog for the evening. Again, do your research on daycare facilities. My personal favourite is Dog Haus, located in Kitchener. The staff are knowledgeable trainers and the daycare itself is open concept which allows the dogs to be together all day and are not crated at any time.
3. Dog Park - Getting your dog out of the house for viewings and open houses is a must. If you are looking for something to do with your dog during viewings, take them to the dog park. Kitchener-Waterloo has a number of different dog parks, all of which are off leash. When you are done, just make sure to clean your pup of any dirt collected at the park prior to re-entering your home.