What should I do with my pets dur­ing a home show­ing?

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Real Estate - Leigh Ann Lengyel Clarke Leigh Ann Lengyel Clarke, Wil­liam Pitt Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Re­alty, ( 203) 984- 5880, llengyel@wp­sir.com

List­ing your house for sale can be stress­ful. You live dif­fer­ently when it is listed be­cause you never know when that next show­ing can take place. Are your beds made, dishes away, dirty laun­dry not vis­i­ble? Oh wait, where is Fluffy or Rover?

Hav­ing pets adds to the level of pre­pared­ness and tim­ing needed to have the house “show” ready.

If you have a dog ide­ally, he/ she is crate trained and eas­ily se­cured for show­ings. Un­for­tu­nately, some peo­ple are very afraid of an­i­mals.

Al­though Rover is friendly he/ she may not take well to “strangers” walk­ing around their ter­ri­tory, aka, your house. I highly rec­om­mend tak­ing him for a walk or a drive dur­ing show­ings.

Some peo­ple are afraid of dogs and even if crated may not want to en­ter the home. Rover can also get scared and bark the en­tire show­ing while in the crate. This cre­ates a hos­tile show­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

I had a list­ing and the owner had a dog. The dog and I got along but that was not the case with ev­ery­one. She also had sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety and hated crates.

My client worked long hours and was not al­ways home. In this sit­u­a­tion, I helped and at­tended show­ings if my client was not home to take the dog for a walk. Hir­ing a dog walker can be ben­e­fi­cial as well if your dog does not take well to a crate.

If you have a cat, tell your Realtor whether or not he/ she can go out­side. Also, be­fore run­ning out the door for work or that next show­ing, make sure the lit­ter box is cleaned.

Hav­ing a pet re­quires ex­tra at­ten­tion while mar­ket­ing your house. Ask your Realtor to make note on the list­ing that no­tice is pre­ferred for show­ings be­cause of your pet. As well any spe­cial in­struc­tions regarding your pet. Most im­por­tantly, hire a Realtor that is com­fort­able with and around your pets in case of emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

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