Almost everybody loves pets except the home buyer who is buying your house. Don't ask me why, but that's often how it works out. Home sellers who adore their pets -- and I count myself as a huge pet lover -- have a hard time imagining the negative attitudes others harbor against pets. So, while this might be a bitter pill to swallow, if you want to get top dollar for your house, pay attention to how much you might lose with a dog or cat in residence.

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Put your pets into a carrier and attach a note warning buyers not to disturb them. The last thing you need is somebody sticking their hand inside the carrier and getting bit or scratched. You can't predict how your pet will react when locked up and alone.

•Do not put photos online showing your cat asleep on the bed
•Seal up doggie doors
•Put away food and water bowls when not in use
•Vacuum religiously, every day, sometimes twice a day
•Pick up pet toys and put them away
•Pack up cat trees and other signs of cat paraphernalia (you know who you are)
•Remove photos of pets from refrigerator, walls and table tops
•Pack up all cages, carriers and other tell-tale signs

Inessa Shahinyan 
Real Estate Broker
Passion for Excellence 
Cell: (702) 505-3233 
Office (702) 869-8800 

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