As a pet owner, I don’t have to be convinced of the joy that animals can bring to the family home. However, no matter how cherished a dog or cat may be, when a pet owner is attempting to sell a home, the pet’s presence can create unexpected difficulties.When buyers and their agents wish to visit a home, the presence of a pet can introduce issues that make it seem less appealing other competing properties. Here are a few examples of typical situations that can arise when pets are involved.1. If sellers need to be notified prior to a showing so that they can make arrangements for their animals, potential buyers may lower the home’s priority on their list of homes to view. It’s simply more convenient to view a home when there are no scheduling issues.2. Similarly, if the sellers have special instructions for dealing with pets, such as “put the dog in the garage” or “don’t let the cat go outside”, buyers may decide that it is more convenient to view other properties first. In today’s extremely competitive market, anything that complicates a showing is a negative factor.3. A barking dog can, of course, be a detriment. No matter how friendly the dog actually may be, buyers who are not comfortable with dogs may have concerns about their personal safety. Even quiet dogs who are overly friendly can be stressful to potential buyers and may reduce the amount of time they spend in the home. The more time that a buyer stays in a home, the more likely they are to be serious prospects.4. The presence of a pet in an area of the property can negatively affect a showing. I once had a showing of a house where the sellers left the house but did not take their dog with them. Instead, the dog was left in the fenced-in backyard. The home was perfect for my buyer as his hobby was woodworking and the home included a separate shop building. Unfortunately, since his wife was afraid of dogs – and the shop was located in the backyard – they never even ventured out to take a look at it.5. Pets can create odor issues no matter how clean the home may be. Pet owners get accustomed to these odors and may not even notice them. However, buyers who are unaccustomed to living with pets can be turned off for fear that they could never completely eliminate the offensive odor. Ask your friends or your agent to give you an honest assessment of any smells that they notice upon entering your home – then take action to eliminate them.Naturally, not all pets are a potential hindrance to the sale of a home. An aquarium or caged birds may enhance the decor and ambiance and may even be considered as exotic. And, of course, if you are selling a farm or horse property, the presence of horses would definitely be a positive factor.While animal lovers may not find the presence of pets to be a problem, it is prudent to do everything possible to make sure that buyers who are not “animal people” are not inadvertently excluded from the pool of potential buyers.
Home maintenance is a very important component in home ownership that keeps the quality and value of the house. If there is proper housing management inside the home and out, home owners need not worry about debilitating worth of their properties. It is also a very good alternative to avoid future repairs and fixtures which are oftentimes more costly and time consuming. One of the many problems that may occur in terms of home maintenance is the proliferation of molds in your home. In fact, no home is actually spared from the occurrence of molds and its recurrence as well.What are molds?
It is imperative to have an in-depth study about molds to know the root cause of this house problem, why it is a stubborn dilemma to begin with and the things to do to effective get rid of it for good. Molds are one type of fungi that are microscopic organisms thriving in humid and cool places. These fungi have the ability to proliferate and quickly breed, producing mycelia and spores. The ability of molds to breed and reproduce is the main reasons why they can be recurrent. Thus is the reason why after you thought you have completely cleaned your place with these stubborn organisms, they already reproduced and eventually recur in different areas of your house. Molds are also found in food, the main factor that causes them to spoil. Therefore, wherever you may look, unless your house is a brand new construction, molds are certainly everywhere.How to handle molds?
Here are some helpful tips to help you deal with rapidly recurrent molds in your homes.o Address your humidity levels. Humidity serves as the bloodstream of molds which feeds them to survive and even reproduce. Therefore, taking care of the humidity levels in your house structure is of primary importance. Make necessary repairs, installation of dehumidifiers in specific areas in your house. Properties which are prone to flooding may use sump pumps to avoid water accumulation which can result to mold growth in the area.o Eliminate mold items. As soon as your items or belongings are already damaged by molds, especially the ones that you are not using anymore immediately discard them to avoid the occurrence of more molds in other areas of the home. The fact that it is reproducing will most possibly affect other furniture, clothing and the like the longer you hold on to your damaged items.o Seek professional help. Taking care of your mold problems is actually more complicated than you think. You need to follow certain methods that assure the elimination of molds permanently. However a minor mishandling of the problem can cause more molds and damage to your property. Therefore seek qualified mold cleaners who have the right training and equipment to use in getting rid of house molds for good.Molds are definitely tough to deal with especially if you do not have the proper knowledge and guidelines to follow. Develop a healthy and quality lifestyle right inside your home and start it with immediately eliminating those little health hazards.