Keeping the House Clean with Dogs While Trying To Sell It

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DogWatson.jpgWe all love our pets.  As you can see my grandchildren love their dog Watson.  And it can be challenging to sell a home when you have pets.  If you really want to sell it, keep these great tips in mind.

Keeping Your House Clean

Keeping Your House Clean with Dogs While It’s on the Market

By: Leanne Potts

Published: September 14, 2018

Grout can be a real problem because it soaks up pet odors.  Woof. Houses that smell or look like pets have lived in them are just harder to sell.  Here’s how to de-dog your house before putting it on the market — and how to keep it that way while you sell.

#1 Steam Clean Everything Fabric

“Job number one is to take care of [the soft surfaces in your house],” says Melissa Maker, star of an eponymous YouTube channel and owner of a Toronto cleaning service. “They hold odors and hair like nothing else.”

This includes carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, and even the drapes, she says. Pets rub against drapes, getting oils, odors, and fur on the fabric. Send curtains out for a professional cleaning.

#2 Groom Your Pet

Get your pet groomed by a pro before you list your house. You can do it yourself, but a pro can get more hair and dander off than you can — plus, all that gunk is better off in the groomer’s drain than yours.

Brush your furry friend regularly (outside, preferably) while your house is on the market. Any hair you get off on a brush is hair that won’t end up on your sofa or in your rugs.

#3 Clean Tile-Floor Grout

Tile resists dog stains, but grout is porous and sucks them up like a sponge. “I had a cat who had an accident on a tile floor, and the pee seeped into the grout,” Maker says. Steam clean grout to lift old smells and stains. If your grout is really cruddy, hire a pro to chip out the old grout and put in new — or DIY it if you have the skills.

#4 Get an Air Purifier Tower

To you, it smells like home. But your HVAC has been circulating the same hair and dander again and again (especially in hot and cold weather when the windows are closed).

Add an air purifier tower with a HEPA filter; it pulls hair and dander out of the air before they even reach your HVAC.

Most air ducts don’t need to be cleaned, especially if you change filters regularly. But if dander and fur seem to be taking over, hire a duct-cleaning company before putting your home on the market.

#5 Use Enzymatic Cleaners

They’re the special forces of odor busters. Enzymatic cleaners are made of beneficial bacteria that eat stains and odors. They’re formulated to stamp out a specific type of stain, so a cleanser that targets urine won’t be the same as one for vomit.

“They’re cultivated for a specific mess,” Maker says. Apply them liberally to stains regardless of how old they are, before listing your house.

#6 Get Rid of Scratch Marks

Pet toenails leave telltale marks on doors and walls. For walls and doors made of synthetic materials, you’ll just need to paint over the marks. For a wooden door, use wood-filler pen can fill in the scratches. For hardwood floors, rub out small scratches with steel wool or fine sandpaper followed by mineral spirits, wood filler, and polyurethane. For major damage, refinishing the hardwood is a good investment with a stellar 100% ROI.

#7 Absorb Odors With Charcoal

Charcoal pulls moisture and odors out of the air. You can get inconspicuous little bags of it to hang in places your pets love most. Or, just strategically stash some charcoal briquettes around the house.  Just be sure to get the ones that aren’t presoaked with lighter fluid.

#8 Spot Clean Furniture Daily

If you’re like many pet owners, trying to keep your dog off the couch completely isn’t worth the effort. Instead, cover your freshly-cleaned furniture with throws or pet covers, and wash them at least once a week. Vacuum rugs and carpets every day. Pet smells sink in fast.  For quick hair removal before a showing, wipe down the couch with rubber gloves. The hair comes right off.

#9 Get a Sniff Test

You’ve scrubbed everything, and you think your house smells like a dog has never set foot in the door. Get a second opinion as to whether the odors are gone, Maker says. “You may be noseblind. Ask your agent to walk through and give you an honest opinion.”

Bruce and I would love an opportunity to serve your real estate needs in the DFW and East Texas areas.  We would love to talk with you.  Click here to learn more about us and to visit our website.  Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Ebby Halliday Realtors 469.283.8656 SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com.

VA Home Loan Advantage

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Bruce and I would like to thank you for serving our country.  We would like to offer you some assistance in getting into a home.  One of our partner companies, Prosperity Home Mortgage has an incentive program for Vets.  Click here to view the flyer.  Then give us a call and let’s get started.

Bruce and I would love an opportunity to serve your real estate needs in the DFW and East Texas areas.  We would love to talk with you.  Click here to learn more about us and to visit our website.  Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Ebby Halliday Realtors 469.283.8656 SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com.

Survey: Buyers Give Fireplaces the Cold Shoulder | Realtor Magazine

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A record low percentage of newly constructed single-family homes last year were built with a fireplace, according to the National Association of Home Builders.  This really surprises me.  I love my fireplace and can’t imagine not having one, even in Texas where it is more warm than cold.

Source: Survey: Buyers Give Fireplaces the Cold Shoulder | Realtor Magazine

Bruce and I would love an opportunity to serve your real estate needs in the DFW and East Texas areas.  We would love to talk with you.  Click here to learn more about us and to visit our website.  Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Ebby Halliday Realtors 469.283.8656 SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com.

Commercial Tract in Gun Barrel City – Ready-To-Build

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Commercial property in the heart of Gun Barrel City close to Lowes in a hot location.  Ground is fairly level and ready to build, and has been cleared.  Some trees on property.  Property is in a great location for a commercial or retail development.  Two 7.92 acre tracts or both could be purchased together totaling 15.84 acres.  Both tracts have a combined 904 feet of road frontage (est). (Buyer to verify size and dimensions.) 12,213 cars per day (TxDOT 2017 travel south through the Hwy 198 and Hwy 334 intersection.
0 Hwy 198, Gun Barrel City TX 75156 (across from W-Haus)   Click here to view the listing.  Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!  We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs.   Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

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Why a Buyer Should Buy a Home Through a Realtor

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We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

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Meeting Your Real Estate Needs – Wherever!

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Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.

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2 Waterfront Lots at Cedar Creek Lake

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Are you looking to build a waterfront home at Cedar Creek Lake? This property includes 2 lots with an estimated 163 of waterfront property right next to the Property Owners Boat Launch in Lakeway Estates at Cedar Creek Lake. This subdivision is on the West side of the lake. The lot is fairly flat, and ready to build.
0 Parkway Circle, Tool TX 75143 | Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Ebby Halliday Realtors Cedar Creek Lake 469.283.8656  Click here to view the listing.  Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!  We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  And if Cedar Creek Lake isn’t the one for you, we have other East Texas Lakes to show you.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

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Looking for the Perfect Hunting Spot?

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43.4 acres of excellent hunting, mostly wooded with 3 hunting lanes (power lines) for clear shooting. There is a pond, a small creek, coastal Bermuda grass in the clearings and Oak, Cedar and Hickory trees. The property is 1965.38′ deep and 950.20′ wide. Hay can be baled in the clearings. It is located approximately 70 miles from Dallas in Henderson County (between Malakoff in Athens) and all roads to it are paved. There are no houses near it and across the road is 30,000 acres owned by TXU that allows no hunting. Seller has successfully hunted on land. Other animals on the property are squirrels, Bobcats, flying squirrels, fox, armadillos and wild hogs.
0 CR 1404, Malakoff TX 75148 | Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Ebby Halliday Realtors Cedar Creek Lake 469.283.8656  Click here to view the listing.  Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  And if Cedar Creek Lake isn’t the one for you, we have other East Texas Lakes to show you.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

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Let’s Build a Home at Cedar Creek Lake

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Build your dream get-away-from-it-all at Cedar Creek Lake in The Bluffs, a gated subdivision. Enjoy the walking trails, 4 interior lakes, the trees and nature at its best. The waterfront property already has the bulkhead wall built and concrete cap with 147 feet of waterfront property with pretty sunset view. Subdivision amenities include a marina with exclusive boatslips, clubhouse with bar and full size refrigerator, restrooms, covered pavilion with seating and grill, firepit with seating, lakeside sunning area with seating, and private boat launch.
13495 Broken Arrow, Malakoff TX 75148 | Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Ebby Halliday Realtors Cedar Creek Lake 469.283.8656  Click here to view the listing.

 

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  And if Cedar Creek Lake isn’t the one for you, we have other East Texas Lakes to show you.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

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Commercial Island Ready to Develop

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Here is your chance to develop one of the last islands left on Cedar Creek Lake.  Premier location on Cedar Creek Lake surrounded by Water!  Idyllic commercial property with 1,384 water frontage on 4.71 acres. Highway frontage is 688.  Original plat was 7.06 acres of which approximately 6 acres is useable and is comprised of 4.71 acres in fee simple and approximately 1.25 acres in easement. Utilities are already on the land.  The property is ideal for Townhomes, Residential homes or a Hotel.  The site is basically level to gentle sloping and slopes downward to the waterfront along the NW, NE and SW.  Conceptual drawings and surveys are available for Townhomes, residential homes, hotel, and marina.  What a perfect spot to build on – with Amazing and Wide Open Water Views.   This is one of the last islands left in Gun Barrel City at Cedar Creek Lake.  See website for more details, drawings & concepts.  The island is temporarily being leased by Austin Road and Bridge while the 2 new lanes are being built that will allow more traffic through on the lake bridge from Gun Barrel City to Seven Points.
0 Hwy 334, Gun Barrel City TX 75156 | Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Ebby Halliday Realtors Cedar Creek Lake 469.283.8656  Click here to view the listing.

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Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  And if Cedar Creek Lake isn’t the one for you, we have other East Texas Lakes to show you.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

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