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The lawn is trimmed, the house is spotless and you're ready for a real estate agent to show off your home to a prospective buyer -- but what about your pets? Pets and showings don't always mix; the potential buyers may be afraid of or allergic to your animals -- or your pets could slip right past them and end up roaming the neighborhood. For the safety and comfort of all, confine or remove your pets during a showing in one of the following ways. 

What to do with Pets When you Show your Home

Contain them: This works best with smaller animals, like cats, petite, quiet dogs and even exotic animals like house rabbits. When they are present, but not roaming around, your pet will be safe and won't be much of a distraction. Ideally, a pet carrier or crate can be used for this purpose -- and allows your home to be shown at a moment's notice. 

Take a walk or drive: If you know when a showing is happening and will be home, then put on a leash and head to the sidewalk or car. Even a very friendly large breed dog can be alarming to some prospective buyers and any dog is a distraction. Showings don't take long, so if you can conveniently do so, taking a walk or drive gets you both out of the house and out of the way -- and ensures your home is the true focus of the visit. 

Rely on a neighbor: If you have a neighbor, friend or family member nearby that can pet sit for an afternoon, this is a good time to visit. Your pet will benefit from the attention and fresh environment and you won't have to worry about them getting out or alarming a buyer. 

Consider boarding: If your agent is holding an open house, consider boarding your pet on the big day. You won't have to worry about finding a place for them to stay and you'll be able to show the home with confidence. If you do have many people walking through the house, even a friendly pet can be overwhelmed, so this is often the best solution for all. 

Securing your pets while your home is shown will give you peace of mind about their safety and will also allow the viewers to envision themselves living there without distraction. It also gives you a chance to check all latches, doors and gates before returning your pet to their normal space -- prospective buyers could leave a door, gate or window open, allowing for an easy escape route for a curious pet. Take these simple steps before a showing and you will benefit in several key ways -- and your pets will, too. 

 



95 East Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

Condo

$459,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
DOWNTOWN CONDO! Completely renovated, charming two bedroom condo. One of two units in the main house at Tanbrook. Updated plumbing, electrical, structural, roof, insulation. Complete renovation in 2017. Absolutely gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 full bath in town condo. One level living. Inside you will find hardwood floors, a spacious entryway, guest room with attached full bath and closet, open modern kitchen, dining, sitting room with Napoleon gas stove, sunken sunlit living room, large master bedroom and full bath. High ceilings, four separate heat pumps, tankless water heater, efficient. The spacious porch belongs to this unit. A perfect combination of style and ease. Great location!
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Saturday
May 30 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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9 Ferrante Avenue, Greenfield, MA 01301

Single-Family

$245,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Charming Antique shingled Colonial in a great location! Inside you will find formal front entrance with built in bench and coat closet, french doors, glass door knobs, hard wood floors and woodwork throughout. Living room with fire place/wood stove, sun lit sun room for reading and relaxing, open kitchen and dining room floor plan with granite counters, peninsula, high ceilings, ample cabinet space, 1st floor laundry, and half bath. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath with tub, and plenty of closet space including a cedar closet. There is an attached one car garage, deck for entertaining, large fenced in yard with separate fenced in area for pet, Basement is perfect for storage and with a wine/root cellar. Close to all area amenities, schools, Rt 91. Excellent location.
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Saturday
March 07 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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41 Pine Grove, Amherst, MA 01002

Condo

$230,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Private freestanding townhouse at Pine Grove with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a one car garage. Located at the end of the complex where one can enjoy peace and quiet, yet close proximity to town center, amenities, schools, and UMass. Post & Beam structure with gorgeous wood throughout, sunlit windows, ample closet space, patio, and shed. The main level includes kitchen, dining area, and large living room with fireplace. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and one full bath. The lower level includes a den/office with walkout, bedroom, bath, and laundry. Truly a good find in today's market!
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Sunday
March 01 at 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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178 West Farms Road, Northampton, MA 01062

Single-Family

$419,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
One of a kind! Charming setting with two barns 10 minutes from town. Renovated post and beam farmhouse on an acre of land with a barn/workshop and garage, professionally landscaped grounds, gardens, porch to relax on, newer roof, windows, new propane heating system, and on demand water. The interior is tastefully done with sunlit enclosed porch, screen porch, eat in kitchen, large pantry, spacious 1st floor full bath, living room with gorgeous built-ins and fireplace. Upstairs there are 3 inviting bedrooms and a half bath. Gorgeous wide plank floors. This gem of a property has so much to offer. Walk in and you will feel at home. Come see it today!
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Saturday
February 29 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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