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Selling a Home with Pets

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

When selling your house, having pets presents some challenges.  Your fur babies are a beloved part of your family.  But it’s important to realize that not everyone feels comfortable around animals. Per a 2017 report put out by the National Association of Realtors, pet ownership has a “moderate to major impact” when selling a home.  So, it is vital that you consider the impact a pet may have on the bottom line when selling your home.

Some potential buyers may be perfectly fine with pets in the home, but for others, it might be a deal breaker. They might not ever walk through your front door if they know there are animals inside. Pets make some people very nervous, and others may have a fear of animals.  In addition, keep in mind that your pets are not their pets.  Even if they are pet owners and animal lovers, they don’t know your pets or what you allow them to do. At the very least, you should do your best to remove your pets from the house during open houses and when your home is being shown.  That means having a plan for those last-minute home showings.

It’s also a good idea to remove all signs of your pet  from the home when it is being shown. You want your home to look and feel as appealing as possible to homebuyers.  Cat litter boxes should be clean and kept out of sight.  If your carpets have pet stains, hire professionals to get rid of them. Replace them if necessary.  And be hyper aware of pet odors. Because you live with them, you likely don’t smell them. Have a neighbor come in and do a sniff test…and tell them to be honest if they smell pet odors.  If eau de doggy (or kitty) is present, try enzyme cleaners such as Simple Solution or Nature’s Miracle to get rid of it.  Put away food and water bowls when not in use and hide pet paraphernalia such as toys, kitty condos, leashes, animal beds etc.  Most importantly, vacuum religiously.  Every day. Sometimes twice a day.

Remember that whatever steps you take to “de-pet” your home are temporary.  The sooner your house sells, the sooner you will be reunited with your precious pets and life with them will go back to normal.

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Dog Lovers Guide To Buying a Home

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

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Are you a dog lover and are you looking to buy a house in the near future?  You may want to read this article first to find out which cities are the most dog friendly.  You can have a dog anywhere you wish but there are some cities in the United States that cater more to dog lovers than do others.  Let’s take a look at a few of those cities below and what they offer to your furry friends. 

  1. The first dog friendly city that you may want to consider moving to is Tampa Florida.  Tampa has a lot of off-leash parks where you and your dog can roam freely without concern.  They even have many dog friendly boutiques and shops where you and your pal can shop together without being asked to leave or to take your dog outside.  What better way to spend time with your loved one than to go shopping together!

  2. Another dog friendly city is Charleston SC.  As a matter of fact Charleston is one of the best cities in which to have a dog beside you.  In Charleston 68% of homes have dogs.  There are five dog friendly beaches along the coast of Charleston.  These beaches are a fun and exciting place to visit if you are a dog lover as you will see many different breads playing with their owners and frolicking in the waves. 

  3. Yet another dog friendly city that you may want to consider moving to is Temecula California.  85% of households own a dog in this particular city. Believe it or not this dog friendly city has 30 pet friendly restaurants where you and your pooch can sit and eat together.  Of course the seating arrangement is outside, but nonetheless you can take your dog right along with you to eat at these restaurants, how cool is that!

  4. Las Vegas is another dog friendly city in which you may want to live.  62% of homeowners own dogs here.  Las Vegas has many luxury pet hotels where your pet can stay when you go out of town or even when you just want to show your pet a good time. 

  5. Another great dog friendly city is Atlanta Georgia.  This city offers your dog a wide variety of things to do such as a 3 acre dog park where your baby can run, jump and play all day. 

These dog friendly cities may be the thing for you if your dog is your best friend.   Why not visit a few of them to see where you may want to move next. 

Courtesy of Tampa FL Realtor Linda Nowicke!

Ways To Eliminate Pet Odor So Your Home Will Sell

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

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If you have pets you know all too well just what a mess they can make, what you may not be aware of however is that they have a smell all their own that others who walk into your house may be able to smell more than you can.  If you have your house on the market you may need to do your best to eliminate the pet odor before you home starts showing so that you will be better able to sell your home.  Below are a few ideas and tips to help you get a head start on eliminating pet odor.

  • If your pet has an accident inside of your home douse it with baking soda as quickly as you possibly can after you soak up the urine with a towel.  Allow the baking soda to dry and then pat the area with a dry towel.  Once you have done all of this, be sure to vacuum the area.  The smell that once would have lingered behind after cleaning the soiled area will no longer exist.   
  • Another great way to rid your home of pet smell so that your home may have a better chance of selling is to make a fabric spray out of white vinegar and baking soda.  1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoon of vinegar will do the trick.  Put these ingredients together in a spray bottle and you will have a great way to get pet smell out of your furniture and other fabrics.  Spraying this concoction over your furniture before a showing is a great way to know that your potential buyers will not be able to smell that you have pets living inside of the house with you. 
  • A  HEPA  air filtration system is also a good thing to have if you have pets and you are planning to try to sell your home.  These types of systems cost as little as $100 and can make all the difference when it comes to the sale of your home.  One hundred dollars may sound like a lot of money but when you think that it may make or break the sale of your home it is nothing.  Be sure to always clean you’re air conditioning filtration system as well so that you will have clean air flowing throughout the house at all times just in case you have someone who wants to take a tour of your home at the last minute. 

Courtesy of Tampa FL Realtor Linda Nowicke!

Pets May Make Your Home Harder To Sell

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

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We have all been inside of friends and families homes that have pets and we all know just how smelly pets can make a home no matter how clean you keep your pets.  In fact, most homes these days have at least one pet in them.  If you are trying to sell your home having a pet may make it harder to do so.  Let’s take a look at a few ways pets make things harder on someone who is trying to sell their home.

  • You may have your home staged to the max but if you have a pet inside it is likely that the odor will be noticed by folks who come to take a tour of your home.  You may think that if you give your pet a bath daily there will be no odor, think again.  Pets have an odor that is all their own and it is easily noticed by the human nose. 
  • Cats tend to make the most smell when it comes to having animals inside of your home because they do their business inside, in the litter box.  It is important to take litter boxes outside when showing a home so that the smell may be somewhat masked at least. 
  • Pets that shed are ones that may cause an issue when someone comes to tour your home because there is absolutely no way you can get rid of all of the hair inside of your home.  If you need to have a pet, perhaps opting for one that doesn’t shed such as a poodle is a better option for you.  You can run a lint brush over all of your furniture before a showing but as I said there is basically no way to get rid of all of the hair.
  • An air purifier may be a good idea to invest in if you have pets and you are about to start showing your house.  These types of machines go a long way to helping take the pet smell out of your home. 

Don’t worry, if you want to sell your home and you have pets you don’t have to get rid of your pets just be diligent and do your part to make sure those who tour your home have no idea you have animals living inside.  Once they finish the tour you can go back to normal life until the next showing and then you will repeat the entire cleaning process over again.  Another thing you can do if you have pets and you are trying to sell your home is to look up some tips and ideas online of how to make your home show better and therefore sell faster. 

Courtesy of Tampa FL Realtor Linda Nowicke!

4 Tips for Moving Into Your New Home

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

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The big day has finally arrived!  You and your family are moving out of your old house into the new home you have finally closed on!  It’s an exciting time, however moving can be a huge headache if you go into it unprepared.  Below are a 4 tips on how to make your move a success.

  • If you plan to hire a moving company to take care of your move for you, don’t be afraid to do your homework on the different moving companies.  There are some moving companies out there that will help to make your move a lot easier while there are others that can simply make the entire process a nightmare.  You owe it to yourself to do a bit of research and to find the best moving company you possibly can.
  • Another bit of advice for moving from one house to another is to prep for the move ahead of time.  Make sure that your movers know if they will be moving heavy things such as kitchen appliances and have them unplugged and cleaned out before the movers arrive so that they can easily and quickly get the heavy objects taken out of the way. 
  • Get your packing done before the big moving day arrives.  Moving companies do not want to be tripping over you while you are frantically packing last minute items into boxes that have yet to be taped and ready to move.  If you have your job done before the movers arrive, they will be able to get their job done in a quick and successful manner.  It’s also a good idea to stack your boxes against the walls of the rooms so that the movers can easily move about as they are working.  Again, if your job is done, their job will be easier and all will be happy. 
  • Label your boxes so that movers will understand what room it goes in.  If you label the boxes with your kid’s names, it’s likely the movers will have no idea which room the box belongs in once they arrive at your new home.  Keep it simple and label the boxes accordingly. 

If you do your part to make sure you have done all you can do to make the move an easy process,  the moving company will be free to do their job and do it right.

Courtesy of Tampa FL Realtor Linda Nowicke.

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