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Q: What Should You Do With Pets During Showings?



I’m here to give you tips on what to do with your pets during home showings

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What should you do with your pets when your home is being shown to prospective buyers? We love our pets, but they can sometimes cause problems.

First, what kind of pets do you have? When it comes to cats, you have some things to consider. If they like to bolt for the door, you don’t want to rely on whoever is showing the home to keep them in the house. Limiting them to one room or a kennel, if they can handle it, is the best practice for potential escapees. Do your cats like to hide under the furniture? Usually, as long as everyone knows there is a cat in the house, there shouldn’t be an issue.




Buyers often want to explore the backyard during the showing, and a dog being back there makes it more difficult.





With dogs, you have a few options. You can take them with you when you leave the property, kennel them, or send them to dog daycare. If you decide to kennel them, the best space for them (weather permitting) is the garage with the door open for a bit of fresh air.


Some people want to leave their dogs to roam the backyard. However, buyers often want to explore the backyard during the showing, and a dog being back there makes it more difficult. Dogs can be protective of their territory, and many people aren’t comfortable with them.


If you have any further questions about what to do with your pets while your home is being shown or other real estate topics, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.



Q: How Can You Move Safely Amid the Pandemic?



Here are three tips that will help you move safely amid the pandemic.

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A pandemic isn’t an ideal time to move, but some people simply don’t have a choice. If you’re facing a move in the coming days or weeks, here are three tips that will help you do so safely and as easily as possible:

1. Remember that it’s worth spending extra money. The American Moving & Storing Association recommends passing on free recycled boxes from supermarkets and opting for new ones if possible. The reason is simple: Doing this minimizes your exposure to the coronavirus. Also, stock up on adequate disinfectants and wipes for yourself, your moving truck, and any shared equipment. If it makes sense in your situation, hire a moving company to handle the move for you safely and strategically. Many moving companies currently provide virtual estimates and contactless moving.


  Stock up on adequate disinfectants and wipes for yourself, your moving truck, and any shared equipment.     

2. Remember that preparation is more important now than ever. A move can sometimes become a disorganized affair, but now is the time to make it as neat and orderly as possible. By minimizing the moving time, you’re minimizing contact and exposure. 

3. If you’re doing the move yourself, clean the truck and any shared moving bins or boxes. If you’re hiring a moving company, inquire about the specific measures they’re using to deal with the pandemic, both with their equipment and employees. A move can be a frustrating experience, but don’t throw caution to the wind and get careless. Be mindful of ongoing advice about masks, social distancing, and hygiene. 

As always, if you have questions about this or any real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help you. 

Q: What Projects Have the Best ROI?



These three simple home updates will get you the best ROI when selling.

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What upgrades will get you the best return on your investment when selling your house? To get the maximum value out of your home projects, focus on smaller tasks; they can actually have a larger impact on the aesthetic appeal of your house without breaking the bank. Here are three of the best ROI updates:

1. Small bathroom remodel. This could be as simple as getting new countertops, repainting to a brighter color, or re-tiling the shower. All these projects will have a massive impact without having to completely demolish the bathroom. These projects alone can bring a 102% return on your investment.

2. Update landscaping. Landscaping is the first thing buyers see when looking at your property, aka curb appeal. You can simply add fresh mulch and plant flowers. You only get one chance to make a wonderful first impression, and vibrant landscaping can certainly boost curb appeal. The average investment for landscaping is a bit pricier: $3,500. However, it almost always has a 100% return on investment.

3. Minor kitchen facelift. Repainting the cabinets and getting new hardware will make an outdated kitchen feel new again. These modest changes can bring around a 97% return on investment.

Landscaping is the first thing buyers see when looking at your home.


We have excellent connections with contractors and designers that can help with any of your home project needs. If you’d like a referral or have other real estate-related questions, please feel free to give us a call at (201) 825-1266 or email us anytime. We’d love to hear from you. Most importantly, at this time, please stay safe and healthy.