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Tips for Hiring a Pet Sitter

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It’s almost summer vacation season and that means finding someone to care for your cat or dog while you’re away from home. Although some pets enjoy a boarding situation, many pets, especially cats, are happier when they can stay at home where they’re comfortable. That’s where a pet sitter can help.

Here are a few helpful tips for finding the right pet sitter for your household.

1. Finding a Good, Reliable Pet Sitter

A good pet sitter stays in your home while you’re away and feeds, walks, and otherwise takes care of your pet. Finding a good, reliable sitter used to be a matter of asking at your veterinarian, talking to other pet owners, and maybe even putting up a sign in the local library. While those methods can still work, there are a myriad of new resources made available by searching online. Pet care resources like the National Association of Pet Sitters and provide ways to help match up prospective pet sitters with pet parents in search of good care.

2. What to Pay and How to Pay the Sitter

How and when to pay your pet sitter can also be confusing. Pet sitters listed on generally charge between $50 and $75 per day, and often require the ability to stay overnight at your home to minimize travel time. You may want to give the sitter some of the money upfront, leaving the balance payable when you return. Some pet parents also leave funds for a pet health emergency or other unforeseen event. You can also consider making arrangements with your vet so that they keep your credit card on file and can charge it in case of an emergency health issue while you’re gone.

3. Avoiding Security Issues with Your Pet Sitter

No matter how well the pet sitter’s references check out, it’s important to remember that you are still giving a person who you don’t know access to your home. Since that carries a degree of risk, it’s wise to take steps to protect your personal information. Keeping your valuables and electronics locked away out of sight is important, but don’t forget the little things. Ensure you haven’t left bank records or receipts in the trash, or left personal documents in unlocked desk drawers. Give yourself added peace of mind by monitoring your credit for any unexpected fluctuations. That way, in the event of a problem, you’ll be alerted right away, and will be able to minimize any potential damage.

4. What to Expect of Your Pet Sitter

The range of services and expectations of a pet sitter varies from person to person. The U.S. Humane Society offers a list of suggestions on how to set up your pet sitting arrangement for success before you leave town. They recommend that you have your pet meet the sitter before they come to stay for a period of days. They also advise making sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Buy extra pet food and supplies just in case you are delayed getting home, and make a point to leave a spare key with a neighbor or trusted friend to use in case of an emergency.

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Why Are Bend Oregon Realtors Still Relevant To Help Me Sell My Home?



By Deb Tebbs Group

BEND – With websites like Zillow, Trulia and Activerain, apps, social media and Craigslist, you may be wondering why are Bend Oregon Realtors still relevant to help you sell your home when you can sell it yourself but the reality is that in 2015 Real Estate Agents are more relevant than ever before.

Here’s why:

Selling a Bend Oregon Home Takes Time

Selling a home takes time, effort and energy especially when it comes to meeting with potential buyers, taking calls from buyer’s agents, handling negotiations and everything else which comes from selling a home.

Your Bend Oregon Realtor will save you the time, money and hassle of having to sell your home yourself so you can continue working and living your normal life including enjoying time with your family while you have confidence that your home is being sold for the most money in today’s market.

Meeting with Home Buyers Can Be Challenging

One of the most common ways that homeowners who choose to sell their own homes themselves is when they disclose too much information to potential home buyers about their homes.

Hiring a Realtor ® will insure that your best interests are represented, especially if you home needs work, you can have confidence that your home won’t be sold for less than what it’s worth in today’s Real Estate Market.

All Home Prices Are Not Created Equal

Although you may think you will be able to sell your home for the most money now, the reality is that there are a variety of factors which can affect a home price and thankfully your Real Estate Agent can help you to correctly price your home so it will sell.

Recent statistics show us that people who decide to sell their homes themselves end up selling their houses for $40,000 less than what they are worth so it pays to hire a Realtor if you want to sell your home for the most money.

Hire a Bend Oregon Realtor

To get started with selling your Bend Oregon home contact the Deb Tebbs Group today by CLICKING HERE or calling us at (541) 323-4823.

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Why Is Staging Your Bend Oregon Home So Important?


By Deb Tebbs Group

BEND – The spring selling season is officially here and if you’re thinking about selling your Bend Oregon Home one of the best things you can do is stage your home for sale before you list it, especially for these reasons.

Reason #1 – Staging Helps You Move On To Your Next Home

When you stage your Bend Oregon Home for sale you will be able to remove the personal connection which you have made with your home over the years and this will also turn your home into a “product” which will be easier for your Real Estate Agent to sell.

Reason #2 – Removes the Clutter from Your Home

Another reason why staging should be a “must do” before you sell your Bend Oregon Home is that as you stage your home for sale you will also remove the clutter in each room and with less clutter your home will appear to be more spacious for potential home buyers.

Reason #3 – Helps You to Sell Your Home Faster

Last of all, but most important, staging your Bend Oregon home will help you to sell faster than if you were to not stage it all because, a staged home helps to “trigger” the imagination of buyers so they can see themselves living in your home.

As we approach the summer months don’t forget to stage your backyard as well by adding patio furniture and a barbecue because, this will also help you to sell your home since buyers will be attracted to the outdoors space which they can use during the summer months.

For more tips on how to sell your Bend Oregon home, or to view the latest listings, CLICK HERE to contact us today by calling (541) 323-4823.

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