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Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat...

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat...

I am a proud pet owner. Up until recently my brood consisted of 2 dogs, 1 cat, 5 chickens, 1 water dragon and a partridge in a pear tree. Okay, I may be fibbing on the partridge part but that would be pretty cool. Not gonna lie. When it came time to list our house I knew not everyone was as enthusiastic about extra creatures as I was. Recognized there were steps to take before listing, as well as before every single showing. Let’s face it, if any of our furry friends have spent any amount of time indoors chances are there are lingering odors, hair, etc. What you don’t want is for potential buyers to enter your space & immediately think “yep, they have cats”, which could be an immediate deal breaker. Here are some simple tips to ready your pet friendly home. If you have any carpeted areas you will want to invest in renting a carpet cleaner, or better yet hire a company that will come in and do the job for you. Larger area rugs should be vacuumed carefully and if weather permits, hung outside for some fresh air. Smaller floor mats can be laundered easily. All other flooring can be swept and washed thoroughly. It is also a good idea to vacuum off furniture, dust and wash walls and baseboards, as well as cleaning window coverings. Curtains are a great hiding spot for dust bunnies. When it comes time for showings, here are a few pointers to keep in mind. Always bring your pets with you! It may sound like a pain in the butt, but some visitors won’t appreciate Fido’s attentions as much as you do. Always remove pet bowls, food, beds, toys, blankets & MOST importantly, litter boxes – if possible store them in the garage or shed. For natural and continuous air-freshening, douse cotton balls with your favorite essential oils (my go-to is Thieves from Young Living), place them in a small mason jar topped with cheesecloth & stick them in corners around your home.

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