Vermont Real Estate and Community News

Sept. 27, 2019

7 Home Upgrades That Will Attract Millennial Homebuyers

Keeping up with millennial housing trends could be one of the best investments you make this year if you are considering selling your home. There's a common misconception about millennial's being uninterested, or simply unprepared for, home ownership. That is false, because an analysis published on realtor.com in early 2019, found that millennial accounted for more than 40% of all new home loans. 

As for home sellers - there's a decent chance that some of the house hunters who show up to your property are going to be in the millennial age range, so it can pay off to know your prospective buyer demographic and home upgrades that can attract their attention.

 

We have come up with a list of some home upgrades that can put your home on the top of their list!

 

Smart Home Technology

Millennial's have a reputation for being tech savvy, so it makes sense that they would be interested in whole-house connectivity, including automation options that allow them to control things like thermostat, sound system, garage door or security system alarm from their phone. 

 

Gathering Spaces 

When selling your house, one of the most important steps is staging. And if you think, you'll have some first-time buyers show up for an open house or showing, it is important to emphasize areas of your home where potential buyers can gather with friends and family.

Energy-Saving Appliances

Millennial buyers tend to be on the lookout for ways to reduce the expenses incurred by homeownership. One natural option is energy-efficient appliances. 

Replacing your washing machine, dryer or dishwasher with Energy Star-certified can be a good way to signal to potential buyers that there are savings embedded in your property.

 

 

Neutral Colors

This is actually good advice no matter which homebuying demographic you're appealing to. Most hose hunters prefer soft, neutral colors to anything bright or garish, and millennial's are no exception. When looking for colors, consider choosing soft grays or warm tans for more of a neutral room.

USB Chargers

Smartphones are ubiquitous, and millennial's are going to have their eyes open for easily available charging stations. ultimately, this small investment can really help you sell your home!

 

 

At Home Office

If your house has more than a couple of bedrooms, you may consider re-configuring one to look more like an office setting, demonstrating to buyers how flexible the space can be. In recent years, remote work opportunities are on the rise, and millennial buyers may be eager to find a space that's created for them to set up their at home work space.

 

Source: https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/7-home-upgrades-that-will-attract-first-time-homebuyers

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
Sept. 21, 2019

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

 

Fall is approaching fast, the leaves are changing and you can feel the air turning cool and crisp. We created a checklist for you to follow for your home maintenance projects.

Indoor Tasks

Get heating system serviced 

  • Have your heating systems inspected and repaired if needed. 
  • Replace all the filters.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to reduce heating energy costs.
  • Move anything flammable away from your heating system.
  • Clean out your ducts so your heating system will work more efficiently and cut down on any dust that causes respiratory problems.

Plumbing

  • Check and test your pressure valves on your water heater for any leaks.
  • Have a licensed plumber insulate pipes in the basement garage and attics against freezing.
  • Disconnect exterior plumbing including hoses, outdoor faucets and sprinklers. Drain and winterize or hire a professional to help. 
  • Know how to shut off the main water valve in case if freeze.

Windows and Doors

  • Change out summer screens to winter storm screens.
  • Repair any loose window or door frames.
  • Install weather stripping and caulking to defend against drafts.
  • Inspect any storm doors and windows for broken glass. 

Insulation and Ventilation

  • Seal any cracks in the foundation or walls. 
  • Check attic and basement for moisture and replace as needed.
  • Move any insulation that blocks vents to prevent ice dams. 
  • Check ridge vents or vents at eaves for any plants or debris and remove.
  • Check screens for any unwanted pests and call an exterminator if needed. 

Appliances

  • Check hoses attached to sink, washer, refrigerator and dishwasher for any leaks and repair.
  • Clean out lint from dryer and around that area to prevent any fire hazards.

Safety Gear

  • Check your carbon monoxide detector or install one.
  • Test your smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and alarm system if you have one.
  • Review home evacuation plan and practice it a few times.

Outdoor Tasks

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clean out any leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to avoid rot, pests and rusted gutters.
  • Check support brackets to make sure none are loose.
  • Make sure no water is coming down behind the gutters.
  • Check that water isn't draining and pooling near your foundation or driveway.
  • Check your roof for any curling, flashing or leaking vents as it can be a sign of gutter problems.

Chimney

  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned to prevent fire hazards.
  • Have the flue tested for a tight seal when closed.
  • Check for any soot or creosote buildup, as this can be a potential fire hazard.

Landscape and Patio Work

  • Fertilize and reseed your lawn in preparation for the cold season.
  • Prune trees and shrubs so they'll grow a bit more before winter. 
  • Hire a tree service to trim any trees close to power lines or your home to avoid outages or caved-in roofs during the winter.
  • Repair your sidewalks, driveways and front steps to prevent any slips.
  • Check and repair your railings to avoid any mishaps.
  • Store outdoor furniture so it doesn't get damaged by the snow.

Pool Preparation

  • Hire a professional to winterize your pool.
  • Store chemicals in safe area. 
  • Lay the pool cover over it to protect it.

 

Resource: https://www.redfin.com/blog/fall-home-maintenance-checklist/

Posted in Home Improvements
Sept. 14, 2019

5 Flowers to Plant this fall

 

Many people believe that flowers are just for the springtime, but don't put those garden shovels away just yet! Fall is a wonderful time to plant and enjoy, too. As we approach the season, start planning with these 5 Fall flowers that will add color to your garden!

 

Chrysanthemums

Mums are a classic fall and winter plant that can be seen in many gardens! You'll find these plants in yellow, orange, white, shades of red and pink-purple. If you purchase potted mums, transplant them to them to your garden or bigger flowerpot. They're hardy and will come back in the spring!

Asters

These daisy-like perennials with starry-shaped flower heads come in multiple varieties ranging from 8 inches to 8 feet depending on the type.These flowers bring delightful color to the garden in late summer and autumn!

Marigolds

Marigolds are a favorite, no-fuss annual that can bring the color of sunshine to your garden. Watch these flowers bloom from late spring until fall with full sun and some well-draining soil. Marigold seeds germinate quickly, within just a few days, and bloom in about 8 weeks. This quick sense of satisfaction makes them a great first-time gardening project. This plant is a great companion in your vegetable garden and can help protect your veggies from predators and pests. 

Pansy

These pretty flowers are versatile and heavy blooming, and perhaps the perfect fall flower. These flowers are ideal as ground covers or hanging baskets. Bonus: Plant pansy in the fall and in many areas, they come back to bloom again in the spring!

Black-Eyed Susan

Bold and dramatic, black-eyed Susan offers golden-yellow daisy-shaped flowers. a favorite of bees and butterflies, it brightens any landscape or container garden planting. Black-eyed Susan looks particularly good with mums and asters.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Outdoor projects
Sept. 7, 2019

5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Windows

 

Luckily replacing windows is not an annual necessity or even something that needs to be done every five years. Windows can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years, which is good news as replacements are expensive. However, replacing your home's windows when it's time can help extend the life of your home and help keep your family comfortable all year round. 

Knowing when to replace your windows can be tough. Many of our clients have held out for another year or season because they didn't know whether or not they needed replacements. Here's five signs it's time to replace your windows.

 

1. Your Home Feels Drafty

A sure sign for windows when they begin to shrink, break or not close properly. This allows warm air to travel out of your home during the winter months and can destroy the energy efficiency of your home. If it seems like your electric bill is out of control, try placing your hand in front of one of your windows to determine the amount of air escaping.

2. The Window is Difficult to Open and/or Close

Fighting with your window is not a part of your job as a homeowner. If it seems like the tracks an your window just won't go together anymore, then it may be time for a replacement. If you're looking for a quick fix to get you through one more season, try rubbing the tracks of the window and frame with dishwashing soap. This will help them glide easier and will give you a little extra time to save up for replacement.

 

3. The Window Won't Stay Open

If it seems like there is no way to keep your window open, short of putting a piece of wood to prop it open, then it may be time for a replacement. This can be dangerous and a safety hazard, especially if you have children. It's best to replace that window before fingers get smashed.

 

4. You Can't Lock Your Window

When your window don't properly lock, the security of your home is threatened. It makes it easier for intruders to enter, which puts your family and possessions at risk. Not only could this occur, but the escaping air can increase your electricity bill during the summer and winter, as well. If repairing the lock is an option, it's often best to do that first. If this does not work and the window simply won't stay locked, then it's time for replacements.

 

5. Condensation Forms on the Inside of Your Windows

One of the strongest indications that you need new windows is when condensation or ice starts forming inside your window. If the window is shut and locked, but you wake up to find condensation on the inside, it's likely time to replace your windows. During the winter you may see ice on the inside or serious frost. Both of these are hazardous, as they can cause mold to grow on the whole frame and cause even further damage. We suggest replacing your windows with this problem as soon as possible to minimize more issues. 

 

Source: https://www.redfin.com/blog/signs-its-time-to-replace-your-windows/

Posted in Home Improvements
Aug. 24, 2019

5 Clever Pantry Organization Ideas

 

The perfect pantry situation is at the top of everyone's wish list! You've seen those beautiful pantry setups on Instagram and Pinterest, and now it's your turn to tackle this area in your kitchen! Need some more inspiration for your pantry? Here are 5 pantry organization ideas to upgrade your current snack situation!

 

1. Glass Jars with Lids

Store your dry goods in glass jars with lids to keep your pantry modern and clean. All you need to do is empty out your snacks into the glass jars, and toss out the packaging. This is a great way to reduce the clutter in your pantry, and we love the aesthetic appeal it gives!

Another bonus is that the airtight seal from a glass jar with a lid can keep everything from going stale!

 

Buy the jars here!

 

2. Metal Wire Baskets

Metal baskets are great for keeping similar items all in one place. For example: bags of chips, fruit, veggies, etc. Baskets are also great for holding items of all sizes because they can hold a large amount of quantities. Baskets look great on the shelves and you can find various colors and sizes at most stores. 

We like these ones here.

 

 

3. Spinning Organizer for Spices and Condiments

It's easier to prepare your favorite recipes when you know exactly where all the ingredients are. Get yourself a turntable to keep all your spices and condiments in one easy to see place. 

A spinning organizer can work great inside your kitchen cabinets too and they help to maximize storage space by getting rid of all the clutter on your shelves. You can use it to organize your fridge or put one on your counter top for easy access and to keep your space looking mess free!

 

 

4. 2-tier Snack Organizer

This 2-tier snack organizer makes it so much easier for you to organize the smaller snacks in your pantry. That includes cereal bars, chocolate bars, or even tiny bags of chips. This is a great way to free up space on your shelves and makes it even easier for you to grab a snack when you're on-the-go!

 

 

5. Chalkboard labels

Who doesn't love a good label?! Once you empty out your snacks and other dry goods into separate containers, use chalkboard labels to organize them. You can get a set of these for a very small price. Labeling your containers makes everything look more cohesive and it's easier on the eyes. It's both visually appealing and you can find whatever you are looking for with a quick scan. 

Source: https://craftsyhacks.com/pantry-organization/

Posted in DIY Projects
Aug. 22, 2019

Helping Kids Adjust to Their New Home and Neighborhood

 

Navigating a big change like moving has its hurdles. It can sometimes be particularly difficult for kids to adjust to their new home and neighborhood. Parents, keep in mind it may be hard for them because they could be leaving their friends, starting in a new school, and having to get used to new places. It can take some time for kids to adapt to new experiences. Here is a list of several ways to make it easier to help your kids during a transitional move:

 

Establish New Routines ASAP

Family routines tend to become lax while you go through the moving process. More than likely, you've grown away from regular mealtimes and bedtime routines and that can be disruptive to children. Even though you're in a new environment, begin to set some schedules and routines as soon as you can in your new home. While you're settling in, consider making new rituals- how about a new tradition of Wednesday taco night in the new house?

Let Kids Help Design Their Room!

Your kids may not get as excited about new window treatments as you do, but setting up their new rooms will be fun! Let them be apart of picking out the paint color or bedding! Take a tour of the new room(s) before moving in, so they can get a sense of what their new room could look like. While it can be fun to pick out new things, it may also be best to set up the new room in a similar layout to their old one so they can feel more comfortable.

 

 

Don't forget about your pets!

Moving can also be difficult on your pets, and getting them settled in the new home will also benefit the kids. If you have a dog, explore new places to go on walks, or run around. Taking them to a dog park, is a great way to get outside and get to know your community, while also meeting new people with dogs. 

 

 

Meet the Neighbors!

Seeing the new neighborhood kids out playing will be a welcome sign to you and your kids. Get over as soon as possible to introduce your family to the neighbors. These people can be a great source of information on community events, schools, teachers, and other topics of interest. After your family has settled into your new space, suggest a pizza night or other informal gathering at your home so you can all become better acquainted. 

Explore the Neighborhood Together

You can't get the full feel for a neighborhood until you drive through a few times. Ideally, visit at different times of the day during the week and weekend. Check out the local parks, library, rec center and other kid-friendly neighborhood facilities in your new area. Making sure they stay within your family's safety rules, let the kids explore some of these new attractions on their own. Encouraging their independence will help them feel more confident while adjusting to their new home and neighborhood.

 

For these and other helpful tips visit: https://www.unpakt.com/blog/helping-kids-adjust-to-their-new-home-and-neighborhood/

Posted in Family
Aug. 15, 2019

Top 10 Benefits of Downsizing into a Smaller Home

 

 

Homeowners are realizing that "living large" doesn't always mean bigger is better. In fact there are many benefits to downsizing to a smaller home. Whether the decision is voluntarily or you are forced to move for job relocation or other life event, rest assured there can be benefits to decreasing your home size. Do you love saving money, energy, resources. and saving time on upkeep? Then downsizing may be your next step! Here are 10 pluses to living a "cozy life". 

 

1. Save money

Let's face it, the more space you have, the more area you feel like you need to fill every square corner with! Beyond the decreased savings on utilities, taxes, mortgage, etc., another one of the beauties of downsizing your home is the ability to pare down your furniture and other accessories you may have acquired in order to fill a space rather than truly needed to fulfill a function. Downsizing into a smaller home can help you prioritize your life and only bring what is necessary into your new home. 

 

2. Lessen stress and upkeep

Many homeowners agree that living in a larger home leads to greater stress and upkeep. From cleaning, maintenance, furnishing, outdoor upkeep and the cost to run all of these factors, this can lead to a home that is stressful. Downsizing your home can be the first step to a minimal stream-lined life. You will be surprised how reducing your daily chores and maintenance will free up your time for leisure activities, spending time with your family, getting more rest, and maybe you could take the time to enjoy your home rather than feel like its a burden!

 

 

3.  A smaller home, leads to a happier home

While your home lifestyle varies from your neighbors, many homeowners agree that smaller homes enable the family to bond and work together as opposed to large and spread out floor plan homes. Smaller homes can create an environment where family members or roommates get organized and can compromise over living arrangements, sharing closets, and making a small home feel cozy instead of cramped. Instead of looking at a smaller home as a down-grade, look at it as a way to a happier life!

 

4. Save energy 

If you have ever lived in a large home you know one of the downsides are energy costs. From heating and cooling costs to water savings in your bathrooms and kitchens, it costs a lot to run a large home. Smaller homes will give the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint meanwhile, enjoying a lower energy bill in the warmer and cooler months. If you are curious how a smaller home and energy efficient appliances and systems could work in your home, contact your local energy provider. They can often give you an audit of your current usage and estimate how you can save.

 

5. Downsizing can lead to more travel

All this money you'll be saving will leave room for more vacations and trips! And with a smaller home it may be much easier to leave for extended periods of time. You may not have even considered it before, but your house requires a lot of work when you leave town - from remembering to lock your windows and doors to keeping up on your lawn and plants. If you decide to downsize, it may help alleviate some of the stress of all that is to be done before you leave and while you are away!

 

6. Embrace new possibilities 

For many homeowners, downsizing their home can be a new chapter. Whether you are an empty-nester who has older children who have moved out, someone who is recently divorced, or has lost their spouse or roommate. Consider opting for a smaller home that could have less upkeep, or possible a homeowners association that can maintain grounds and other amenities to enjoy your home as opposed to having to do the work yourself. 

 

7. Small home living is enhanced in an urban city

Have you ever noticed a one room loft in a bustling urban city feels more cosmopolitan than a one room apartment that has 5 times the amount of space in the suburbs? There is something to be said about being among other city dwellers - where everyone is living in smaller homes than they would prefer. Make the most of your urban abode with color, creative malfunction furniture and bring in plenty of light into your space. While you may not have the penthouse of your dreams, you can play up your small home living with urban wall art, colorful home decor and lighting. 

 

8. Splurge on a few key furniture pieces in a smaller home

While many people consider a downsize to mean they can't make their home look fabulous, think again! Some of the greatest dwellings are ones that have style and creative uses of space and proportions. Look to your favorite home designers who specialize in bringing color and life to small spaces. Splurge on a few key pieces like a dynamic colored couch that draws attention to your decor and not the size of the room. Beautiful design is about how to functionally use a space, while still being inspired to enjoy the room. Size shouldn't be a hindrance.

9. Creative organization is key to small home living

Wake up your interiors with creative organization. Bookshelves that are built-in to what normally would be a bare wall can make any space into an instant library. Vertical organization in a small closet can be enhanced with split areas for folded, hung, and drawer wardrobe storage. Downsizing your home will get rid of the clutter and will help you organize only what is essential. 

 

10. A paired down lifestyle will help keep you out of debt

While this won't be true for every homeowner, pairing down your small living lifestyle can help you from over spending, over charging, and over buying for your large home. A smaller home will help you keep on a budget and shopping sprees will be curbed because there isn't enough space to house too many new additions. If you are trying to save money and keep your credit from going into the red, consider downsizing your home- your future will thank you for it!

Posted in Buying a Home
Aug. 6, 2019

10 Steps to Protect Your Home While on Summer Vacation

 

According to the Department of Justice, there are 10 percent more burglaries in the summer than in the winter. Additionally, the rate of household property victimization and household larceny are high during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately for many, this time of year is also when most of us pack our bags and head out for vacation.

While you're out enjoying vacation, you don't want to worry about what's happening at home. Here are 10 tips to protect your home while you're away.

 

1. Lock All Windows and Doors Before You Leave for Vacation

Over 30 percent of burglars enter a home through an unlocked window or door. A few weeks before your vacation, check the windows and doors of your home to be sure they shut and lock properly. Make repairs as necessary, and verify they're all secure on the day you leave for vacation.

2. Install a Home Security System

In addition to reducing the chance your home will be burglarized by 300 percent, many leading systems offer remote access so you can check your home security system from your phone. You can even use your device to lock/unlock doors or check on pets via security cameras. Plus, your insurance provider may discount your home insurance premium up to 20 percent when you install a security system- and that savings could help pay for your vacation!

3. Avoid Garage Break-ins While Your Out 

Many homeowners focus on the main body of their home and forget to secure the garage. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to help protect your garage from a break-in, including installing motion detector lights on the corners of the garage, ensuring the garage service door is locked, and hiding valuables out of sight. If you leave a car in the driveway, be sure to remove the garage door remote. A burglar won't think twice about breaking into your care and using the remote to access the garage. 

4. Use Light Timers While You're Away

Light timers are affordable, easy to install, and can help deter criminals by making your home look occupied. Choose a timer with a "random on/off" option, so your lights turn on and off at various times throughout the day and night, making it difficult for burglars to determine if the home is vacant.

 

5. Remove "Hidden" Keys While You're Away

Over one-third of burglars enter a home through the front door, often using the homeowner's "hidden key". If there's a key under your doormat or in another obvious location, remove it. You may also want to consider replacing your traditional front door lock with a keyless lock so you don't even have to worry about keys.

6. Tell Your Neighbors You'll Be Out of Town

Assuming you trust your neighbors, it's a good idea to inform them you'll be on vacation and leave a number where you can be reached. Make them aware of anyone who might be going into your home, such as house sitter or dog walker. 

7. Tidy Up Your Yard Before You Leave

Prepare your home for your departure by putting valuables -grills, bikes, and tools- in a secure shed or garage, and trimming shrubs so burglars can't conceal themselves while trying to break into your home. If you have a gate that provides access to your yard, make sure it shuts and locks. Scan your property for anything a burglar might use to break into your home, such as a brick or hammer, and take it inside. 

8. Keep Your House Safe with a Sitter

Enlist the services of a house sitter to keep an eye on your home while you're away. He or she can pick up fliers left at the door, bring in the main, and take the garbage and recycling bins to the curb. These things can help hide the fact that you're not home.

9. Take Safety Precautions with Utilities

Protecting your home from a break-in is important, but you also want to avoid problems with utilities, like electricity or water. Unplug appliances, turn off water valves to all sinks, the dishwasher, and washing machine, and test your smoke alarms.

10. Arrange for Lawn Care

If your lawn is overgrown, it can be a telling sign to people that no one is there to do upkeep. If you have a regular lawn service, consider scheduling lawn maintenance once or twice while you're away. 

 

Source: https://www.redfin.com/blog/how-to-protect-your-home-while-on-vacation/

Posted in Family
Aug. 1, 2019

Homeownership vs. Renting


Buying a home is a serious step in your life and you need to consider all the problems you may face and review the advantages that come along with owning your own property. There are plenty of reasons to buy or not to buy a house, but we'll highlight the key points to help you understand whether you're ready to take the next step in purchasing a home!

Benefits of Homeownership:

  • You build equity in the home. Each month you are paying down principle almost like a built-in savings account, but bonus: you get to live in it!

  • Credit scores increase with positive payment history

  • Tax advantages - things like mortgage interest and property taxes are tax deductible

  • You have full control over home improvements and upgrades, when renting even things like painting or hanging photos on the wall can be off limits!

  • Homes frequently increase in value over time, further adding to the equity you are accruing

  • You develop stronger ties to the neighborhood and/or community

  • Fixed-rate mortgage means your payment will always remain the same, not increase as rental prices normally do

  • Interest rates are on the rise, making now the perfect time to get into a home while they are still low!

Disadvantages to Renting

  • The landlord can decide to raise the rent at any time

  • Can't make any improvements or modifications without landlord approval, or often times at all

  • Renting does not build equity, instead you're helping to pay your Landlord's mortgage each month and building them equity

  • Less stability- landlord has final say in renewing lease

  • No return on investment

We know there are so many aspects that go into deciding what is best for your specific situation. If you' like to know more about which option is right for you and how to best navigate the process, give us a call at 802.488.3487 or email jon@templetonvthomes.com  to set up a consult!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 18, 2019

How to Sell a House with a Pet

 

 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36 percent of households own a dog and 30 percent own a cat. While a lot of prospective buyers are animal lovers, when selling a house with pets, it's best if no one can tell that an animal lives with you. You have one chance to make a great first impression, and you want your home to look and smell pristine.

 To-do list:

  • Remove all signs of pets
  • Ensure marketing materials are pet-free
  • Avoid marketing the home as pet-friendly
  • Repair pet damage to home
  • Deep clean the home before listing
  • Deodorize
  • Clean pet hair
  • Remove stains
  • Mask noisy neighbor pets

 

What is the best for the pet during an Open House?

Every pet is different, and some pets have a harder time with changes in routine than others. And nothing changes a pet's routine more than listing your home. After all. their daily schedule will be turned upside down, there will be new people in and out, plenty of new smells,, and furniture belongings moved around - not to mention having to spend more time than usual away from home. If your animal is easily stressed, or starts showing signs of anxiety when you're preparing to list your home, talk to your veterinarian about how to help your pet cope with the changes.

 

What to do before an Open House

Before your open house, depersonalize wherever you can by removing things like dog toys and food bowls from your space. This easy staging step helps potential buyers picture themselves living in the house and calling it their own.

Not only will the absence of your pet make it easier for potential buyers to feel at home, but it also makes it easier for the agent who's hosting your open house to provide access to the whole house, giving tours and focusing on answering questions. 

If you can't remove the pet before the open house

If your agent springs an impromptu home tour on you and you aren't able to schedule alternate accommodations for your pet in time, here are a few tips:

 

  • Keep your pet in a cage or kennel, with a not left in a visible location instructing visitors to leave the pet alone.
  • If you can't get home to retrieve your pet before the tour, leave a cage or kennel for your agent, along with some treats so they have an easier time getting your pet to cooperate.
  • Don't ever attempt to hide a pet. Shoppers want to see your whole house, including closets, storage areas, and laundry rooms.

Ensure marketing materials are pet free

Just as you should remove all evidence of your pets before an open house or showing, you'll want to do the same thing before you have real estate photographs taken. Also make sure to avoid shooting photos of any pet damage, like ripped window screens, chew marks, or torn up lawns. After all, these photos will be used everywhere, including your MLS listing, Zillow, and flyers. 

Don't market your home as pet-friendly

Unless there are permanent structures on your property that can easily be removed, don't advertise your home as pet-friendliness of your home and neighborhood on their own.

Remember while pet owners might be excited to see a fully-fenced yard or a neighborhood dog park nearby, you don't want to risk pet-free buyers avoiding your property because they're not interested in the pet-related amenities. 

 

 

Repair damage done by pets

It's easy to overlook the damage that your pet has done to your home over time, since you walk past it every day. But potential buyers view home with a critical eye, and even small blemishes make a buyer think you haven't taken good care of the property. Make these repairs before listing:

Interior Repairs:

  • Stained or torn carpets
  • Scratched, worn, or torn furniture
  • Scratched hardwood, or other flooring
  • Claw or chew marks on doors, walls, baseboards, or window sills
  • Ripped curtains

Exterior Repairs

  • Pet waste
  • Signs of digging in the lawn
  • Trampled bushes or grass
  • Damaged fencing
  • Torn window screens

Deep cleaning before listing

Whether you have a pet or not, doing a deep clean on your home before listing is a must. And when you have a pet, cleaning is even more important, as bad smells like dog odor or cat odor in the house are one of the first things hat will send potential buyers running. Consider calling in a professional cleaning service and carpet cleaners to tackle pet smells, stain, hair, etc.

How to get ride of pet stains

  • Spot treatments done by a professional carpet service
  • Try DIY natural cleaning solutions, like one made with a mixture of equal parts, salt, white vinegar, and Borax
  • If your carpets are heavily soiled, you may have to remove the floor covering completely and replace it. But you won't be alone - 26 percent of recent sellers report replacing carpet or flooring before listing.

Pet Hair:

  • Vacuum thoroughly and have a professional cleaning done to remove pet hair from carpet
  • Remove cushion coverings and launder them, and vacuum out furniture.
  • Hire a furniture cleaning service to remove pet hair from furniture, remember to keep pets off after the cleaning is done
  • Bathe your pets frequently
  • Brush or comb your pet outside, daily
  • Vacuum at least once a day, and again before showings.

 

How to get rid of pet odors in your house:

  • Wash everything you can: furniture slipcovers, quilts, comforters, curtains, towels, and throw towels.
  • Clean your pet's habitat, like fish tanks, cages, and bedding
  • Remove liter boxes or potty pads 
  • Replace the filter in your HVAC system
  • Add a HEPA filter to absorb particles and dander
  • Steam clean furniture and scented candles that attempt to mask odor
  • Invite a friend over to do an honor sniff test.

How to remove pet odor from carpet

  • Sprinkle dry baking soda onto the carpet, let sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum to remove dog urine smell
  • Hire a professional carpet cleaning service, or rent a carpet machine to do it yourself
  • Try pet urine removers and natural, pet-friendly cleaning solutions
  • If the smell persists after cleaning, check to see if the carpet pad or subfloor may need to be replaced.

 

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