Are Pets Affecting Your Home Sale?

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 15 Aug, 2014
In the last J. Thompson Builder’s blog we discussed home staging, and our tips, do’s and don’ts. We briefly touched on the issue of smells in your home and how they affect a showing. Pets are a major cause of odors in a home, and while Fido may rule as your best friend, those looking […] The post Are Pets Affecting Your Home Sale? appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
In an interview with Fox Business , Coldwell Banker realtor Cara Ameer says, “The pet issue needs to be given some thought and consideration when you’re putting your home on the market; it’s an important piece of showing your home.” In the article Ameer brings up the issue of how pets can affect the selling price, saying, “Think whether having your pet in the home will take away from your ability to command getting top dollar for your property. Do you want buyers focusing on your home or worrying about your pets?”
Here are a few tips to lessen the affect your pets could have on the sale of your home:
Before a showing, remove any evidence you have a pet, including toys, bedding, litter boxes, food bowls AND the actual pet. You may have the nicest, cutest dog, but your potential buyer may have no interest in your pet. Some sellers think a simple solution is to keep their pet out of the way by placing the pet in a kennel or in a room, but most times a locked up pet is unhappy, and will make noise, distracting buyers.
Vacuum and sweep twice a day, every day, making sure not to skip corners and edges where hair often builds up. If your carpets are extremely dirty, or your pets have had accidents on them, hire a professional carpet cleaner. Use lint rollers to clean cloth furniture and other areas difficult to vacuum.
Keep smells under control. No matter how clean your pet is, they still carry odors. Use air fresheners throughout the home to mask the smell. Before a showing burn scented oils or a simple trick is to place a cinnamon stick in a pot of water on the stove and simmer it for awhile.
Establish a pre-showing cleaning routine. Sweep and vacuum. Spray your carpets and each room with an odor eliminator. Keep a blanket on the furniture your pets lay on so you can easily remove it and throw it in the washing machine, eliminating the presence of pet hair and odors.
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Photo Credit,  Les Chatfield

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Some of these considerations may not be in the forefront of your mind, but there is a long list of aspects you need to consider when building a new home. These should help to get you started thinking about some of the most important pieces of the home building process.
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space to entertain and big volume ceilings were a must on the client’s list.

The client decided building as opposed to finding a pre-existing home was a better solution for
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The area is ideal for this client because it allows him to live in close proximity to his hobbies and
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You decide that you are ready to build a custom home for you and your family. Now it is time to figure out how to finance your dreams!

Let’s start with the basics. As with any loan process, do your research. Talk to several mortgage companies that specialize or have a strong understanding/history of working with construction loans. Ask questions and voice your concerns. Companies of course want your business, but they also want to make sure they are a good fit for you and what you are wanting to accomplish. Reviews and referrals are strongly regarded these days. They want to make sure you have the best experience possible.

There are several main differences between a construction loan and a regular existing home loan. An individual construction loan may require a longer credit history  or a higher credit score as well as more money down and along the way. It is more of a process, but it is most certainly worth it. With the right builder, the more involved process becomes a piece of cake; but, that is an article for another time.

Home loans can have a 30 year term whereas a construction loan typically has a max of 1 year. “The rates on this type of loan are higher than rates on permanent mortgage loans. To gain approval, the lender will need to see a construction timetable, detailed plans and a realistic budget, sometimes called the “story” behind the loan,” as reported by  bankrate . While your home is being built, it is typical to make interest-only payments. 

If you are thinking, “I don’t have enough money to pay off a newly built home in 1 year!” Don’t panic.

A popular option is the construction-to- permanent financing sometimes called “one-time close,” a “single close,” or an "all-in-one" loan. Upon completion of construction, the remaining loan balance is converted into a permanent mortgage with terms up to 30 years. Like most loans, “the rate and other terms of the permanent mortgage are set up-front when the entire loan package is closed” according to the  National Association of Home Builders .  Construction/permanent loans are offered by many different lenders, including banks and mortgage companies and are a great option for those of us wanting to finance their home purchase over an extended period of time.

Another option is a stand-alone construction loan. This type of loan can be beneficial if you currently own your home and want a smaller down payment option.   Read more about stand alone construction loans.

There are many different loan options. What makes sense for one person doesn’t make sense for everyone. Make sure you find the right product for you and your particular project. If you want to talk over some options, contact us! We would love to hear your ideas and figure out how we can build your dream home.

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