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How to Stage Your Home When You Have Pets



It is no secret that REALTORS ® suggest staging your home when you put it on the market. It makes sense to think that something attractive will encourage potential buyers. However, being a pet owner can make staging more difficult. Here are the best tips to successfully staging your home when you have an animal.

Minimize visible damage

No matter how we love them, pets aren’t people. They don’t understand that chewing on or scratching up the furniture is bad, or that they shouldn’t dig in the yard, ruin the house plants, or a thousand other things. If you see them daily, you may overlook the chewed-on or dug-up areas around your home. Prospective buyers will not. If there are scratches on the furniture, if the rug has been chewed up, or if there are holes in the yard, fix them. Polish and refinish the wood that has been scratched. Replace or hide rugs that are torn. Don’t just fill in the holes in your yard, but make sure that you have grass, flowers or something decorative to cover the bald patches.

Rethink your marketing

Many individuals, who have pets or are planning to buy them, will not apply for homes that are not seen as “pet friendly.” Therefore, it may be a good idea to market toward pet owners or those who may purchase a pet. Add the term “pet friendly” to your listing, and while you should minimize the presence of your pet, you don’t need to erase it entirely. Hide or replace worn pet toys with new ones. Make sure that, if the food and water bowls look good, that they are cleaned properly. If they are too dingy for a good scrubbing to save, replace them with new ones. If you have someone stopping by to look at the property, and you can’t remove your pet from your home, make sure they smell and look nice, crated or confined to one area where they will not disturb your buyer.

Eliminate smells

Just as there shouldn’t be a visual presence of your pet about your home, there should not be an olfactory one either. The best approach you can take as a pet owner is to rid your home of pet smells completely. Just because you no longer smell them does not mean they don’t exist.

To remove pet odor from carpeting, there are few proven techniques. Perhaps the only truly effective measure is to purchase an enzymatic-based pet odor remover from your local pet supply store. These cleaners are composed of natural enzymes that eat away at the natural materials that cause urine smells in the first place.

Board your pet

When you have an open house to showcase your home, it will be best if your pet is not present at all as you cannot predict who will show up. A buyer may love the idea of pets, but another may see a pet as a nuisance and immediately be turned off. If you are showing to an individual with last-minute notice, you may not be able to get rid of your furry (or scaled or feathery) little one, but if you have the opportunity, do try to either have a friend take your pet for the day. If a realtor is coming over last minute, and if you can leave the house, take the pet out yourself during the viewing or board your pet. It will make everyone’s life easier.

You want your house to sell as quickly as possible and being a pet owner can make that harder. But if you follow the steps above, you may see better results. Cleaning up and purchasing new pet-related items may seem like a hassle, but it may be worth it in the end.

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Article provided by Medina at DogEtiquette.info

Is It a Seller’s Market Yet? by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes

Well, we see the tides changing.  We are coming into a seller’s market in Canadian Lakes.  While it is still at the transition point, we see less inventory and more multiple offers.  All signs lead to the beginnings of a seller’s market.

Caution – don’t overprice your home just yet.  It is going to take a bit of time for all of this to digest.  Remember just a few short years ago, sellers would not believe that the market prices were going “that low”.  Well they did – and they were – we just didn’t want to believe it.  It took time for sellers to get on the right track and lower their prices.  We will most likely see this happening the other way around now.  Buyers will not believe that prices are truly going up and they will not be able to buy a home without a bidding war.  So, make it count – that first offer that is.  Make it good so that you are the best in the bunch trying to buy that home!  Success will be with those that truly know what the market is doing.

Yes indeed – we are coming into a seller’s market!

See my current inventory – click here!

November Newsletter

The November newsletter is out!  Here is an excerpt from this month: 

New things are going on around Canadian Lakes this fall –

Sadly, the Blue Cow is leaving their management of the Mayfair Restaurant at the end of October.  The Mayfair Restaurant will be looking for a new restaurant group to take over by spring.  We still have Tullymore, The Blue Lake Tavern, The Sweet Shop Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders and Antlers Restaurant serving food and drink!  Visit one of these restaurants for a great meal. 

Homes sales were good this year. There were 79 homes sold this year with an average size of 1,500 sf and an average sales price of $135,000. Highest priced home sold was $377,500. We are seeing a lot of waterfront buyers. Gone away are the golf course buyers. I am not sure what is going on with that! The National Association of Realtors reports that today’s buyer is looking for urban living! Well, we have just as much to offer here at Canadian Lakes with golf, fitness, restaurants, tennis, walking and biking paths and more.

Other Lake Front Areas

Sales around the lakes were favorable this year. Fifty nine homes sold with waterfront with 1,475 average square feet and $205,620 average sales price. The highest priced home sold was $1,375,000 on the Tri-Lakes. Here are the sold stats around the lakes:

Here are the sold stats around the lakes:







Horsehead 8 $203,125 1332sf 158
Lake Mecosta 3 $779,333 3264sf 245
Blue Lake 3 $246,000 1375sf 164
School Section 5 $171,400 1434sf 117
Round Lake 4 158,100 1171sf 229
Chippewa 4 $96,625 917sf 143

Contact Kathy for all of your Real Estate needs!

If you would like a copy of my complete November Newsletter – email me!

How to Insulate a Garage Door

This great article will help you get that garage ready for winter.  An easy project to help keep the cold from getting into the indoor spaces.

Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this.


Summer is Here! by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

Summer is here!  People are starting to come to the area for the summer lake season and golf season.  It is good to see the town all abuzz!  Don’t forget to visit me at Coldwell Banker Lakes and get a map of the area while you are here.  I have other information on homes available, our new summer brochure and information on what is going on in Canadian Lakes and the surrounding area.  Many great homes are available on all-sports lakes around the area as well as great deals in Canadian Lakes.  Let me know what you are looking for and I will do all I can to help you out!

See our homes here:

Canadian Lakes Homes For Sale – Area Homes for Sale

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Homeowner News for a New Year 2014 – by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

It’s a new year – 2014 – and many changes are taking place in the Real Estate Industry.  Mortgage changes, tax changes, etc. are upon us as the new year starts.  Keep up with the latest and greatest information with your local real estate professional.  They can help guide you through the process of purchasing or selling a home.

Look forward to a fresh new year with a new home!  Come and see what we have to offer in Canadian Lakes, Michigan.  G


Winter Carnival

The Canadian Lakes Winter Carnival will be here soon.  Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Highland Haus and Alpine Haus from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Sleigh rides, snow sculpture contest, ice skating, sledding, ice fishing derby and much more will take place.  The snow is perfect for our Winter Carnival this year.  Hope to see you at the Winter Carnival.  We will be serving Hot Dogs and cocoa!  For more information e-mail me at www.kadamscblakes@gmail.com.