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Posted by Hope Real Estate Group, Inc on 2/12/2020


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The lawn is trimmed, the house is spotless and you're ready for a real estate agent to show off your home to a prospective buyer -- but what about your pets? Pets and showings don't always mix; the potential buyers may be afraid of or allergic to your animals -- or your pets could slip right past them and end up roaming the neighborhood. For the safety and comfort of all, confine or remove your pets during a showing in one of the following ways. 

What to do with Pets When you Show your Home

Contain them: This works best with smaller animals, like cats, petite, quiet dogs and even exotic animals like house rabbits. When they are present, but not roaming around, your pet will be safe and won't be much of a distraction. Ideally, a pet carrier or crate can be used for this purpose -- and allows your home to be shown at a moment's notice. 

Take a walk or drive: If you know when a showing is happening and will be home, then put on a leash and head to the sidewalk or car. Even a very friendly large breed dog can be alarming to some prospective buyers and any dog is a distraction. Showings don't take long, so if you can conveniently do so, taking a walk or drive gets you both out of the house and out of the way -- and ensures your home is the true focus of the visit. 

Rely on a neighbor: If you have a neighbor, friend or family member nearby that can pet sit for an afternoon, this is a good time to visit. Your pet will benefit from the attention and fresh environment and you won't have to worry about them getting out or alarming a buyer. 

Consider boarding: If your agent is holding an open house, consider boarding your pet on the big day. You won't have to worry about finding a place for them to stay and you'll be able to show the home with confidence. If you do have many people walking through the house, even a friendly pet can be overwhelmed, so this is often the best solution for all. 

Securing your pets while your home is shown will give you peace of mind about their safety and will also allow the viewers to envision themselves living there without distraction. It also gives you a chance to check all latches, doors and gates before returning your pet to their normal space -- prospective buyers could leave a door, gate or window open, allowing for an easy escape route for a curious pet. Take these simple steps before a showing and you will benefit in several key ways -- and your pets will, too. 

 




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Posted by Hope Real Estate Group, Inc on 1/3/2018

Every child grows up either with a dog or dreaming of the day they will have a dog. And if itís not a dog, itís a cat, a hamster, or even a goldfish. But sometimes having a pet is just not an option. Here are a few things to consider before getting a pet. Allergies: Itís important to know whether or not you or anyone living in your home has any allergies to animals. And itís best to know before you adopt or buyó there are tests that your doctors can run. Itís never a good situation for the pet owner(s) and animal if the animal has to either be given back or given to someone else due to an allergy. This will put a lot of stress on the animal being moved around too much and it can also cause harm to the people involved, as it is always difficult letting go of a pet. If someone in the home has an allergy you may have to stick with goldfish and hermit crabs. However, there are certain types of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic. Travel: Do you work long hours? Do you travel often for work? Will there be anyone home when you arenít? These are all important questions to consider before adopting a pet. These questions donít apply as much to pets such as goldfish and hamsters (even though they still require care), but are extremely important if you want a cat or dog. Time: Do you have the time for a pet? Consider the questions above such as work hours and traveling, but also if you have the time between having a social life, taking care of your children, bringing them to soccer practice or dance class, etc. If you think you have the time then you must also consider that there are different breeds of dogs that require more attention and work than others. The same goes for different types of cats. Be sure you are completely aware of the work that goes into the type of dog or cat you want. Cost: The cost of a pet goes well beyond the initial adoption or breeder fee. Itís important that you consider the lifetime cost of owning a pet and whether or not you can afford an animal. Again this more pertains to dogs and cats rather than hamster and fish. Thereís the cost of food, grooming, veterinary care, toys and walkers. And the costs will vary depending on the breeds of cats and dogs. Itís also important that you save for emergency vet visits, as they can be completely unpredictable and very trying at the time. Having money saved up will take a small bit of the stress away. A pet is a large responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. You are caring for another life and the adoption or purchase of any animal should be well thought out and something you are prepared for. If that sounds like you then go out and find the pet thatís perfect for you and your family.




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Posted by Hope Real Estate Group, Inc on 1/13/2016

So, are you relaxed and laid back? Or do you prefer to be on the go and outside? These are two very important questions to ask yourself when considering adopting a pet such as a dog or a cat. Do you have time before and after work to walk the dog? Will you be heading to the park daily, going for a jog, or meeting the kids at school? Can you make time before bed to take a walk with your four legged friend? A dog will fit this lifestyle and enjoy being with you or any member of your household. If you work long days or have job that keeps you traveling, you may want to consider hiring a dog walker so that your dog is not cooped up for too long. A bored dog can be a very mischievous dog and get into things you wouldn't even think about. Are you more of an introvert, homebody, and loner? A cat may be the pet for you. Cats need you when they need you - that's it! For the most part cats are loners, independent survivors. All a cat needs is food, water, liter box, and a window in the sun for bird watching and napping. A cat does not need to be walked or exercised as drastically as a dog. Although it is suggested that you get a few toys and a scratch pad to entertain your kitty cat. Whichever decision you make, you will be welcomed home by either pet every time you enter your home. They will make your long day at work or school so worth it.





Posted by Hope Real Estate Group, Inc on 4/15/2015

It is the dog days of summer and the heat is on. During the warmer months it is important keep pets healthy and cool. Here are some tips to help keep your four-legged friends safe this summer: 1. Never leave pets alone in your car. Vehicles heat quickly in the sun, and animals left in them can suffer from heat stroke. This can happen in just a matter of minutes and is life threatening. 2. Do not exercise your pets in hot weather. If you want to get some exercise go in the early morning or late evening to prevent overheating. 3. Keep vaccinations up to date. Parvovirus, flourishes in hot weather and can be fatal to dogs. In the warmer weather pets also spend more time outdoors increasing the chances of encounters with wildlife and rabies. 4. Don't forget the heartworm medication. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes, but it can be prevented by administering a monthly preventive between June and November. 5. Groom your pets. Daily brushing or combing lets you check for fleas and ticks. 6. Not all dogs can swim. Do not leave your dog unattended near water. Dogs can drown if they fall into water. 7. It is always the right season to spay or neuter your pet.







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