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When it comes to real estate, there is a certain etiquette that both the buyer and seller typically follow. For example, during a showing, the seller is not present in the home while the buyer takes a tour with their realtor. However, what happens when your four-legged companion is in the mix? This guide will walk you through dog etiquette from both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective.
As the seller, it is your job to make sure your home makes a good first impression on potential buyers. Unfortunately, as crazy as this might sound, everyone isn’t as dog-friendly as you are. For this reason, there are a few steps you need to take to not only keep the buyers happy, but your pooch too. First things first, you need to make sure you clean up after your pet, including putting away food and water bowls, toys, carriers, supplies, and any photos of your lovable canine. By removing signs of your pet, you avoid potentially turning a buyer off from the start. Simply putting away the supplies won’t be enough though. Vacuum the hair out of every crack and crevice, and remove odors (even the ones you have grown accustomed to).
Once the traces of your dog are gone, you’ve got to take care of the real thing. It will be best to temporarily rehome your dog during showings whether you take him with you to work, ask for help from a friend or family member, or board him at the kennel. Perhaps you could schedule the showings in the afternoon so that the two of you can get away to the dog park (Nate’s Point and Fiesta Island are both great options.) Once the house sells and the movers arrive, it might be a good idea to plan another doggy day so Fido is occupied. If you must leave him at home, crate your dog in a designated room with a sign alerting movers that a dog is on the other side of the door.
As the buyer you have found yourself attending open house after open house in the hopes of finding your next home. Your new home will belong to Fido too, but it’s best to leave him home while you view houses. It is possible that there may already be a pet in the home, or the current owner could have allergies. If it is absolutely necessary that you bring along your pooch, check with the realtor and owner ahead of time. Your dog is part of your family, so let your realtor know that you are looking for homes that are dog-friendly and include perks such as a fenced-in yard, low traffic, sidewalks, and highly recommended veterinarians nearby.
Besides, once you find the perfect home, you and your pooch can enjoy the dog-friendly fun that Sun Diego has to offer, and there is certainly plenty of it. Start with some off-leash fun at what locals call the Original Dog Beach where your dog is certain to find a playmate and you just might meet a friend or two as well. If you’d prefer something a little more adventurous, head over to Aqua Adventures where you and your dog can team up for a kayak or paddleboard adventure. Afterwards, reward your pup with a fresh-baked dog treat from Paw Pleasers (they even bake dog-friendly birthday cakes.)
Whether you are the buyer or the seller, there is certain etiquette that you and your pooch must follow. With the tips above, you can ensure that the tails never stop wagging and the move goes off without so much as a bark.