They're cute, cuddly, sweet and adorable. And yes maybe a little smelly. Okay a lot smelly. They just sometimes plain stink. It's not their fault or yours, but if you're trying to effectively market and sell your home the sweet stench of dog (or any pet for that matter) can be a huge turn off for potential buyers. Believe me, I've had clients literally say, "We like the house but it just smells too bad, let's just get out of here."
You may love your pooch, but your house will hopefully only be on the market for a short amount of time and really the best thing is to not have pets in the home you are trying to sell. Maybe they can go stay with grandma or at a friends (not unlike the kids lol) but you've got to get ahead of the odor issue before it becomes too big of an issue. In homes with carpet this can be a hard thing to deal with - but do your best to remove all traces, there may be a dog lover or two out there that says "Oh, I just love this wet dog smell!" but trust me when I tell you they are not the majority!
Now, go give Fido a whiff and see what you think - and good luck with listing!
Just like you have a choice when choosing a Realtor to work with, you have a choice when choosing a home inspector/company. And just like with any profession, there's the good, the bad and the ugly... That might be a bit extreme (all the Inspectors I've met here have been pretty easy on the eyes) but sometimes their reports are not. And finding someone you know you can trust and who will do an excellent job is important on both sides of the transaction - for the buyers AND the sellers!
There are the major issues to look out for (Electrical, Plumbing, Roof Covering and Structure, Foundation and HVAC) and then other minor things like maybe a loose toilet bowl (I see that all the time, not sure what is says about us as a society).
It is crucial though, that you find an inspector who will have a detailed report but also be able to tell you what is actually a big deal and what is a $20, 10-minute fix.
And most good inspectors will do a pre-listing inspection for sellers, which can be beneficial for buyers too. First impressions are everything, as they say, and that goes for homes. IF things look bad at first glance, it often indicates that there are more problems to come. If a seller can get ahead on some repairs they can possibly get better and more offers!
If you aren't sure, ask your Realtor - they should recommend more than one, but they will have come across likely the best and the worst from all sides so ask who they would use on their own home!
Vikki Head - Licensed Realtor® in the great state of Texas. Self-proclaimed writer/blogger. Former Teacher. Mother and coolest wife ever.