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No we are not including Tanner as part of the house. But I will tell you that it is exhausting having to put away all Tanner's "stuff" and take him somewhere when people come to look at the house.

We have 4 dog beds, 3 dog gates inside, toys, carcasses, bones, throws on 2 couches...all to be hidden before viewers arrive. If they arrive before we can leave with Tanner, then we have this wildly barking dog protesting strangers coming into his house. If we leave ahead of them, then when we return, Tanner goes nuts trying to find them.

So far in 2 weeks we have showed the house at least a dozen times. Pleazzzzze, won't someone buy this house so we can live normally and messily again.
 

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Teehee
I may have to live in my house forever
Can you imagine trying to hide the fact that nine cats
and one very large Doodle live here.
Would have to hide all the cat perches and litter boxes
and the gates that do not allow Denver to get to the litter boxes.............
No plans on selling for a few years yet
 

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I am imagining a closet just STUFFED with dog/cat stuff right now and when you open the door it floods out!! :lol: hahahahah!!
 

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haha...oh Annie I can't even imagine!

My friend had her townhouse on the market and they have a boxer who is totally friendly, but appears and sounds a bit scary if you don't know him. The realtor told them they had to have him out of the house at every showing...it must be such a pain!!

Good luck - I bet things will pick up in the next few months...I think people with children like to move in the summer to not mess with the school year.
 

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Annie, that has got to be aggravating for the two of you AND Tanner! Hopefully someone will buy it soon! The weather is getting really beautiful here in SC now!!! :lol:
 

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OH Annie i feel for you and to think last week Tanner was sick on top of it all!! i could NOT imagine having to hide my 3 doodles and teenagers hahaaa
 

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When we bought our house this summer they had their dog in a run in the yard.....and it helped sell the house to us. You just need to sell it to a dog lover.
 

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Pleazzzzze, won't someone buy this house so we can live normally and messily again.
I can relate. When we sold our townhouse, 14 years ago, with a 2-1/2 and 5 year old, I had what I called "My Piles of Rebellion" I figured if the piles kept the house from being sold we should give up. I'm hoping it will be a long time before we have to do that again!
 

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There have been a few houses selling in our area. Utah is not as bad as some places and ours is in an older neighborhood near the University and Medical School. Probably the best area in the state for selling right now.

Still, the competition is fierce and the our realtor really keeps us on our toes.

The best part of this whole selling thing is that my husband, who desperately wants to get back to South Carolina, is really taking a major role in keeping the house clean...I am in shock :shock: :shock: :wink:
 
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Good luck on selling the house. I just bought my house last June and you should have seen the condition some people leave their houses in!!!! Sheesh!!!
 

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It can be frustrating - we sold our house in Fla when we had 2 choc labbies who were 1-1/2 yrs I left with them whenever anyone came - house could only be shown when we were there to take dogs - they were kenneled at that time, but they woujld have gone balistic barking if anyone had come in the house - I got very use to vacuming, mopping dusting every day :wink:
 

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We are thinking of next spring putting our house up for sale. And I still want to get another doodle. But I think we will wait to get another doodle till after we move. But it can't be easy. Good luck. I hope it sells fast for you.
 
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Oh Annie, it's hard and I sympathize with you. We have moved multiple times, and the whole routine of selling is very tiresome and exhausting. Whatever you do, try and be out with Tanner before the potential buyer arrives. I just read a great article on selling your home when you own a dog (I cannot remember WHERE I read it :roll: ) but it did say that if the buyer knows you have a dog, they will spend too much time looking for evidence of the dog (stained carpet, chewed up anything, etc) and no time envisioning themselves living there. Plus, some people do not like dogs, or are allergic or are afraid...so as foreign as that seems to us, they would just walk away even if the house is perfect for them.
It also said to pick up and put away the food and water bowls (I would never have thought to do that).
Laundry baskets are your best friend right now :) Go buy a bunch, run thru the house and pick up anything that's out when a realtor calls for an appt. and load the baskets into your car. The washer and dryer are also good hiding places for 'stuff'.
Good luck!
 

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Great idea about putting stuff in laundry baskets in the car...never thought of that.

Right now I try to have Tanner at daycare when they schedule enough time in advance. It is the ones that give you 10 minutes notice that are driving us nuts.

Another thing that is making this more difficult than it use to be ....everyone thinks they are an "expert" after watching all the programs regarding buying and selling and staging houses. Even my neighbors have offered to help me "stage" my house as they spend many days watching the shows on TV :twisted:
 
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