How to Prepare Your Home for New Pets 101

Guest Post by HomeAdvisor  Congratulations! You’re considering getting a pet, or you’re about to bring a new furry friend home to join the family. This is an exciting moment. Of course, it also requires some preparation — part of which includes readying your home for the new addition. Here’s how to prepare your home for […]

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Home of the Week: A Real Treat in Oak Brook, Illinois

Join us for a look at this 14,000 square foot home with a pet shower and spa that is perfect for any large family and their dog!

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Expert Advice on Hosting an Open House with Dogs

At Coldwell Banker, it’s clear that we believe a pet is Home’s Best Friend…

And while we truly believe a pet does make a house a home, we wanted to get the inside scoop on proper Open House etiquette for homes with pets. Here is what our Coldwell Banker experts had to say…

“Want to Go Bye Bye?”

Yes, the #1 tip from nearly every one of our agents was “take your pet out of the home during open houses.”  Christina Koch of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate put it best with “No Family Member Left Behind.” And while some may consider finding a “safe room” for their pet, Deborah Wynkoop of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Badenton, FL offers this advice…

Please take your pet with you during an open house; strangers can be very upsetting to your pets even if they are secured in a garage, etc., people want to see the entire property and no matter how careful everyone is, there is always a chance a pet can escape.

Safety and creating a stress free environment for all parties on open house day plays a major factor.  Heather Ostrom of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Roseville, CA echoes Deborah’s Advice…

Nobody wants a prison break of furry critters, nor limiting access to parts the home, it’s best to make a pet family day out of the home. Whether it’s a hike, walk, visit to the (dog) park or friend’s house. This also  helps with keeping all windows “nose-smudge-free.” 

Andree Hurley of Coldwell Banker BAIN in Seattle, Wa rounded out the idea of removing a pet during open houses with this remark:

While crating is a wonderful training tool and can be a humane way to keep a dog contained for a short time, it always causes me sadness to see a crated dog while I am touring. Consider your open house a time for everyone to take time-out to play! Find a new hike, go to a dog park or window shopping!

The Nose Knows

We laugh at the Febreze® commercials that over dramatize common household odors from cooking and pets but during an open house those smells can be a real turnoff for prospective buyers. Patricia “Patty” Spinner of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Westfield, NJ says:

Keep a bottle of Febreze® handy. Even though we don’t notice our own pets’ smells buyers can be very sensitive.

And while you’re at it, pay special attention to putting away dog beds, toys, etc. Not only are these items distracting but they could also cause your open houses guest to have allergy attacks.

And last but not least, some good news for our friends with gills :)

Dava Behrens with Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers in Corvallis, OR finished off our survey with…

Fish can stay.

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Finding Puppy Love at Home

Guest post from Darren Hoffman, Senior Manager of Products and Platforms for Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

I challenge you to find anything cuter than a cuddly, tripping and tumbling little puppy. We all love those oversize paws, floppy ears and let’s not forget about that adorable puppy breath. But to find puppy love, do you really need a puppy? Or, is an adult dog your perfect match?

If you’re thinking of welcoming a new dog into your home and have already determined which breed is best for you, your next decision should be if you should adopt a puppy or an adult dog. There is a lot to consider and it is not a choice to be made lightly. I’ll concede that the cuteness edge will almost always go to puppies, but here are three good reasons to consider adding an adult dog to your home.


Your Lifestyle

Are you a homebody or an on-the-go type of person? It is important to take a look at your lifestyle and determine if you truly have the time needed to raise a puppy. If your social or work schedule will keep you from devoting the time to take care of your little pup, you may want to consider a trained adult dog. This may help you avoid many stressful situations, including those little puppy surprises carefully left on your rug. Remember accidents do happen and we have found some cleaning tips to help keep your rugs and puppies happy.

Your Dog’s Personality

An adult dog’s personality is more developed and closer to what you can expect as a member of your family. Keep in mind, some behaviors that may have been established with a previous owner, good and bad, may be harder to change. So consider adopting an adult with a personality that fits your family or take home a pup and start molding them from day one to become the perfect match.


Your Family

If you have your own little toddlers or youngsters running around the house, you may want to wait before bringing home a puppy. Depending on their age, you may even want to consider if it is the best time to introduce a dog into your family circle. Unfortunately, too many times curious kids and dogs can accidently hurt each other. Consider this carefully, and if you do choose an adult dog, look for one that has been raised with and are comfortable around kids.

Over the years, we have brought both puppies and mature dogs into our home and found that they both require substantial investments in time and money. The rewards however are endless, as our faithful companions provide so much enjoyment and unconditional love to our family. As an added benefit, our children were able to help with the dog raising responsibilities. Let’s face it, kids will agree to almost anything to bring home a new dog and this was a great opportunity to teach them what it means to be a responsible pet owner.

Choosing to bring home a puppy or an adult dog is and should be a big decision, but taking the extra time to consider what’s best for you will help get the relationship off on the right paw.

To see what real puppy love looks like, check out the newest Coldwell Banker TV commercial, “Home’s Best Friend.”


Darren is Senior Manager of Products and Platforms for Coldwell Banker Real Estate.  With an awesome wife, three boys, two dogs and two cats, he is never bored.

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