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Any pet owner will tell you that their pets are a part of the family. They bring joy to new families getting their first dog, and companionship to people who would otherwise live alone. However, they also bring the pet odors associated with having them around the house.

Since we spend so much time in our own homes, we oftentimes don’t even notice pet odors. So, even if you think your home is free of odors, it’s a good idea to get an unbiased opinion of the various odors of your home so that you can address them if necessary.

In this article, we’re going to teach you how to identify and neutralize those pet odors before the open house or first home showing. That way you can make the best impression on potential sellers and leave them feeling like your home has been well-maintained.

Identifying pet odors in your home

Whether you’ve got a dog, cat, rabbit, or hamster, odds are your little friend puts off some amount of odor. To discover where, if any, odors can be found, invite a friend over to your home who isn’t familiar with the smells and ask them their honest opinions about the various rooms in your home. This will give you a good idea of where you need to focus your efforts.

Important areas to clean

First thing’s first: the fabrics, surfaces, furniture, and carpet in your home in your home hold onto odor the most. Renting or buying a carpet cleaner, mopping the hard surfaces, and washing or refreshing curtains is a great place to start.

Many steam cleaners can be used on various surfaces, making them a good solution to get the most value out of your cleaning budget.

Don’t forget the carpet pad

If your pets have ever had “accidents” on your carpets, it’s vital to remember that their mess likely soaked through the carpet onto the carpet pad. While it may seem like a lot of effort to pull up the carpet just to clean the pad, it may be your only option in severe cases of pet odors.  

Painting

Repainting is a guaranteed way to remove any lingering odors in your home. Try to time your painting so that the room has the chance to air out and the smell of fresh paint isn’t overpowering.

Repainting is also the perfect opportunity to brighten up the rooms of your home, making them feel more spacious. Sticking to neutral, proven colors will give you the most bang for your buck.

Let some fresh air in

Before showing your home, open up the doors and windows and doors to closets and basements and let a draft run through the house. This can eliminate any musty smells that have accumulated in the lesser used parts of your home, as well as help mitigate the effect of pet odor.

Last minute additions

The day of showing your home, use a high-quality scented candle or two in places that your pets frequent. You don’t want it to be obvious that you’re trying to mask any bad odors, so don’t use anything overpowering. Rather, opt for a pleasant-to-neutral fragrance that isn’t too noticeable.


This Condo in Worcester, MA recently sold for $152,000. This Mid-Rise style home was sold by The DiRoberto Team - RE/MAX Advantage I.


20 Ashland St, Worcester, MA 01609

Condo

$145,900
Price
$152,000
Sale Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
VACANT Easy to SHOW!! **MODERN 2 Bedroom Condo at the El Dorado w/ GARAGE Parking! HEAT & HOT Water INCLUDED (In the Condo Fee) -- NEW Granite Countertops, New Dishwasher & in Unit Laundry, Updated Electrical, Fresh Paint & Hardwood Floors Throughout! Big Bedrooms w/ Good Size Closet Space + Updated Bath! CENTRAL AC in unit -- Big Private Storage Closet in the Basement! Walking distance to Elm Park, WPI, Becker College, and MCPHS + Major Highways! **(Open Houe this Saturday 29th 10AM-11:45AM)** OFFERS are DUE Sunday at 5PM.

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There was a time when moving across the country was a trip into the unknown. For some, that prospect may be an exciting one. For a homeowner with bills to pay or children to raise, the more you know about a place the better.

Fortunately, today’s technology equips us with tools to learn everything (or almost everything) we need to know about a place without ever visiting. With the use of statistics, maps, and first-hand accounts, would-be homeowners can put in their researcher hats and get a feel for a place without ever even visiting.

In today’s post, I’m going to introduce you to some of those tools. So, if you’re thinking of making a long distance move sometime in the near future, read on for a list of the most useful resources that will help you along your search.

Cost of living

Most of us would love to move to Hawaii or San Francisco, but let’s face it--cost of living differences can make a huge impact on our ability to move wherever we want. Fortunately, there is reliable data on the specific cost of living for different parts of the United States.

Nerdwallet’s cost of living calculator lets you enter your current city and income and then compare what you would need to earn (on average) to move to a city of your choice. Moving to Boston, MA from Denver, CO, for example, would mean a 34% increase in costs like housing, groceries, transportation, etc.

Do you freelance or work from home and have the ability to travel wherever you want? If so, check out the Nomad List. It lets you compare housing costs, safety, weather, and--perhaps most important for freelancers--internet speeds in cities around the country and around the world.

How’s the weather?

Another important consideration for long distance moves is the climate. Not only will it determine your wardrobe and comfort level, but it also could mean more expensive heating in the winter or air conditioning in the winter.

To check out the average monthly temperatures and precipitation levels, check out U.S. Climate Data.

School scores

It’s hard to judge schools based on a few numbers, and it’s best to see what kind of programs and classes they’ll offer for your children as well. However, to get a glimpse of the nearby schools, you can check out City Data or NeighborhoodScout.

Safety

Safety is always a concern when visiting or moving to a new place. Fortunately, there are several good sources of information for neighborhood safety.

When we think of safety, most of us think of things like crime rates. NeighborhoodScout provides all the data you’ll need on crime. However, there are other safety concerns that should be addressed.

The CDC provides health data for 500 U.S. Cities. And, if you’re worried about lead exposure, this interactive map from Reuters has you covered.


This Multi-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $471,000. This style home was sold by The DiRoberto Team - RE/MAX Advantage I.


8 Newport St, Worcester, MA 01605

Multi-Family

$399,900
Price
$471,000
Sale Price

3
Units
4,383
Approx. GLA
Big 3 Family with 3 Bedrooms + Office/Den EACH Floor, Big Parking lot! Steps to UMASS! New ROOF (2019) + other updates throughout the Building. New Appliances, New Bathrooms! Hardwood + Tile Flooring, Porches, Shed & Big Yard! ***VACANT easy to show anytime! Please use ShowingTime. Open house Saturday July 11th from 11-1:00PM! **Offers are due Saturday July 11th @ 8PM. (Please follow Massachusetts COVID-19 guidelines).

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1 Douglas St, Worcester, MA 01603

Multi-Family

$469,000
Price

4
Units
0
Approx. GLA
MONEY MAKING 4 Unit Building with Delead Certificates & Big Equity Potential! This property consists of a Huge 3-Family building w/ Updated Plumbing, Electrical, Water tanks & New Modern Interiors w/ All tenants paying their own utilities. All floors have room for rent increases as they are below market rent. On the same lot is a stand alone Single Family Home being the 4th unit. The single family property is in need of a full renovation and market rent when complete is $1600 per month! Open House is Saturday October 17th, from 12-1:30pm !!
Open House
Saturday
October 17 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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