We often think about the concept of dog etiquette in relation to our interactions with friends, family, strangers at the park, and other dogs we encounter on our daily walks.
One realm, however, where you may not think about the importance of proper dog etiquette is real estate. As a dog owner, here is what you need to know about canine interactions during the home buying and selling process.
#1. Dogs don’t belong at open houses.
An open house showing means that anyone can come by and look at the home being offered. Some people take that “anyone” to mean their canine companions. From both the buyer and seller’s side, having dogs at an open house is a big dog etiquette faux pas.
If you’re attending an open house for a home you’re interested in buying, leave your dog at home. If you feel it’s important to bring your dog along, get the approval of the homeowner and realtor before doing so. If you spot an open house you want to check it out while out walking the dog, take your dog home first and go back. People have allergies and to put a finer point on it – not everyone likes your dog.
#2. Get your dog out of the house for showings.
Whether it’s an open house or your realtor is showing your home to a prospective buyer, it’s your job as a seller to make the home as attractive as possible. If you know someone is coming to look at your home, take your dog out of the house for a bit. Also, remove as much evidence of dogs as you can. Deodorize your carpets, rugs, and furniture. Vacuum up hairs. Use candles or plug-in air fresheners to get rid of some of that dog smell. You may have become accustomed to it, but a potential buyer may be turned off by a heavy dog odor.
#3. Moving day is not very dog-friendly.
Moving day is no fun for humans; it’s even less fun for dogs. You should plan to remove your dog from the chaos of the move if you can
Many of us are attached to our dogs and there’s nothing wrong with that. They are a huge part of our lives. But there are certain times when it’s bad manners – and even detrimental to your dog itself – to involve them. Buying and selling a home is one of those times. Do what you can to keep your dog as far away from the fray as possible – whether it be a showing, an open house, or moving day.
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