Buying or selling a Los Angeles home? Keep your housepets safe
When you’re selling your Los Angeles home, a good reason for insisting on appointments is so you have time to contain your housepets so they won’t come to harm. Don’t expect the showing agent or the buyers to be careful when opening doors, because some won’t be careful. Your precious cat or dog could be out the door in a flash.
Don’t lock housepets in a room and post a “keep out” sign. That will harm your chances of selling if the buyers can’t see the entire house – and the sign might not be obeyed.
Cats can be put in a carry crate, as can some dogs. (That depends on whether they’ll bark the entire time buyers are in the house!) Some dogs will be happy in an outdoor kennel, while some need to go with you when you leave for the showing. If you’ll be away all day and the house will be shown, consider putting your housepets in a doggie/kitty day care facility.
Liability is another issue…
Don’t assume that your dogs will be friendly to the visitors. Even if they “love everyone,” their personalities could change dramatically if someone they don’t know comes into the house when you’re not there. They might decide that it’s their job to rid the house of intruders.
You don’t need a lawsuit, so don’t tempt fate.
What if you’re the buyer?
If you live in the same area where you’re searching for a new/different home, there’s no problem. Your housepets can stay where they stay when you’re off at work.
If you’ve come from another area and your pets are with you, it’s another story. If outdoor temperatures are moderate you can simply leave them in your car and follow your agent from place to place. Another choice is to leave the car running with the AC or heater turned on.
A better choice when temperatures are extreme is to leave your pets in day care for the day while you search for a home. They’ll be more comfortable and you won’t be constantly worried about them.
Don’t take your pets inside!
We’ve heard of some buyers who bring their dogs or cats inside while touring homes – and this is a definitely poor idea.
While most agents will advise sellers to have their own housepets either contained or out of the house, not all sellers follow that advice. You could walk in with Fluffy in your arms, only to find a large dog jealously guarding his or her territory. Disaster could ensue.
We’ve also heard of buyers letting their dogs follow them around – and the dogs having “accidents” on the carpeting. Even the most well-trained dog can have an “oops” if there are already pet odors in the house. Neither you nor your agent needs to pay for someone else’s carpet cleaning, so just don’t bring your pets inside until you own the house.
If you’re coming to Los Angeles house-hunting with pets in tow, call me. I’ll be glad to give you a list of reliable pet day care facilities.
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