How to Sell Your Home When You Have Pets

27 Feb 2016 · by Virtual Results PubSub

How to Sell Your Home When You Have Pets

Nobody wants to smell pet odors when they’re looking at a potential new Loft. Nor do they want to see piles of pet hair on the carpet. But are there ways to actually use your pet to your advantage when selling your Loft? Here’s a look at how best to deal with pets when your Loft is on the market.

Minimize the negative

Not every potential buyer is going to feel the same way about your pets as you do – especially if your beloved pet is something other than a dog or cat. Follow these tips to best minimize any negative consequences of pet ownership while you’re selling:

  • Repair any damage caused by the pets, including carpets, hardwood flooring, walls and furniture. Your Loft is not ready for showing until these issues are addressed.
  • Remove pet stains and odors by having carpets and floors professionally cleaned.
  • Tidy up the yard, especially if you have a dog that spends a lot of time outside.
  • Relocate your pet during showings. Ideally, your Loft should be shown by an agent while you are away, but don’t leave your pets behind. Either have them boarded during the duration of the selling process, or at the very least take them with you when you leave for a showing. This is doubly true if your pet is something like a snake or lizard that may potentially scare a buyer.
  • Clean, clean, clean. It cannot be emphasized enough – if your pet is not being boarded while you are selling, be sure to thoroughly clean and vacuum the Loft before each showing. Potential buyers could have allergies, or there could be lingering smells that you don’t notice because you’ve lived with them for so long. Smell has a powerful effect on our emotions, and you don’t want to lose a sale simply because the odor in your Loft left a buyer with a negative feeling.
  • Remove litter boxes, food and water bowls, and pet toys while the Loft is being shown.

Maximize the positive

Conventional wisdom has always been that evidence of pet ownership put off potential buyers. But many experts are now challenging that idea. Sellers are beginning to find ways to use their pets to their advantage. After all, many people today share their Loft with their pets, and knowing that they’ll be able to do that in their new Loft could be a selling point. Here are some ways that you can maximize the positive:

  • Pets can help make an otherwise sterile Loft feel cozy and lived in. Sometimes including a cute and well-behaved pet in a photo will help make a space feel more livable. If strategically placed, a pet can even draw attention to a Loft’s best feature, such as a fireplace or picture window.
  • If your pet is exceptionally well-behaved (like a therapy dog), they can boost the perception of your Loft during a showing. But the pet needs to be calm and reassuring, and you should limit it to one pet.
  • Dogs and cats should be the only pets you might consider including. It is not advisable to include snakes or other types of pets that might make buyers uneasy.

Ultimately, the decision to include a pet should be discussed with your real estate professional. They understand your local market and will have a better idea of whether or not your pet could potentially be a selling point.

Learning Your Neighborhood Before an Emergency, Part 2

19 Feb 2016 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Learning Your Neighborhood Before an Emergency, Part 2As a new Homeowner, you may not know what to do when the unforeseen happens. Knowing what to do in a household emergency can save valuable time and may even reduce expensive repairs to hidden damage.

Lofthold Emergencies

From plumbing disasters to leaky roofs, household emergency tend to occur at the most inopportune times. Waking up to a flooded kitchen because the dishwasher leaked, or coming home from work during a rainstorm to find a puddle forming in the dining room, to having sparks leap from the outlet you just plugged your new lamp into, Housethold emergencies require specialists that are available at odd hours. Having easily accessible contact information can save you valuable time during the emergency (you might have trouble searching a browser for help if you have no power).

NOTE: an emergency repair company may not be the same one you use for installing new faucets and fixtures. These on-call experts know how to stop the damage from getting worse and make immediate repairs. This list is not exhaustive, but includes:

  • 24-Hour Plumbers: locate a couple different emergency plumbers (in case one is already responding to another call) and make certain they can deal with leaky or burst pipes, plugged toilets and other plumbing disasters.
  • For electrical or natural gas emergencies, your local utility provider will have specific instructions. In general, however, if it is an electrical emergency, switch off the breaker to that location in your Loft so that power is no longer going to it. Contact your utility and follow their instructions. You may need to hire an emergency electrician, but start with your power utility first, as they may have emergency procedures to take care of you.
  • The same is true for gas leaks. If you smell weak gas in your Loft, open the doors and windows to air it out. Check for an extinguished pilot light (in a water heater, fireplace or your stove). Switch the pilot knob to the OFF position. Wait for all of the odor to dissipate before relighting the pilot. If you are unsure of how to relight the pilot, call your gas company for assistance. If you don’t know the source of the leak, or if the odor is strong IMMEDIATELY remove all family members and pets from the Loft. DO NOT us a telephone inside the Loft. DO NOT use a lighter and DO NOT switch on any lights. Call the gas utility from a cell phone OUTSIDE or from a neighbor’s Loft.

Natural Emergencies

No matter where you live, natural disasters and weather emergencies can happen at any time. Learn where the nearest shelter is if you live in a flood or tornado-prone area. If you live near the ocean, get a map for the tsunami evacuation routes for your neighborhood. Turn on the emergency weather alert app on your smart phone to get advanced warning of emergencies. The American Red Cross has free apps that give addresses and information on the nearest shelters to your location and other disaster information.

The Loftway Report 2016

9 Feb 2016 · by ChrisSampaio

Out annual Loftway Report is out and there are some amazing findings there. Loft and Condo Sales in 2015. Get a full copy HERE

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Learning Your Neighborhood Before an Emergency, Part 1

5 Feb 2016 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Learning Your Neighborhood Before an Emergency, Part 1You just moved.

You started your new job.

You super busy unpacking and getting settled.

You get sick in the evening or on a Saturday and need to see a doctor.

This scenario is quite common. Getting unpacked into your new Loft, getting kids situated in their new schools and you learning the best routes through traffic to get to your new dream job on time leave can set you up for unexpected emergencies.

Furthermore, you’ve been so busy at work and getting settled at your Loft, trying out new restaurants and seeing local sights that you haven’t even looked at your medical insurance paperwork, found a doctor or located the nearest hospital or urgent care.

Here is our guide for locating the necessary things before they’re needed:

Medical Emergencies

  • Pick a couple of hours to dedicate to finding the nearest urgent care (for minor crises), hospital emergency room (for major crises), twenty-four hour pharmacies (for late night medical needs), and map the best routes for getting to them from your Loft. You can search your favorite online maps, Yelp, or sites dedicated to the medical profession such as ZocDoc (which even offers a filter by your medical insurance).
  • Now, locate and map routes from your place of employment and each of your children’s schools and activities. You may find that the urgent care facility near your children’s schools is different from the one you would go to nearest your Loft, so note which is which on your list.
  • Don’t forget to find an emergency dentist. Sometimes, a knocked-out or broken tooth can be saved by a dentist specializing in emergency dental procedures. If tooth pain wakes you in the middle of the night, you may not be able to wait for an appointment with your regular dentist either. An emergency dentist can get you some relief.
  • Once you’ve located the potential facilities, add their telephone number and address to your contacts, or create a portable document and place it in an accessible location. For digital access, think GoogleDocs, DropBox, Box, SugarSync or another file-sharing cloud server that has an app for your smartphone. Give a copy to each member of the family of driving age.
  • Finally, plan to locate the actual facilities as you run general errands, while shopping, or coming and going from work or school. Specifically take time to locate the emergency or late-night entrances so that you do not lose precious time during an emergency trying to locate the emergency driveway or entrance.
  • For your furry friends, locate a 24-hour pet hospital or clinic or a veterinarian that makes House calls.
  • Good to know: If you believe your child or pet has ingested something poisonous, the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ number is 1 (800) 222-1222. Put it in your phone. Post it on your refrigerator. Teach it to your babysitters and pet-minders.