Just like kids, your pets need a safe home to live in. Just like a curious toddler pets can get into everything! So here are some tips to keeping your four-footed children safe in your home.

The first thing you may want to do is get down on all fours and paw your way around your home looking for potential pet hazards. By taking the time to look at your home through your pet’s eyes you will be able to more likely spot possible problem areas.

-Take precautions with your plants.  Many common house plants are poisonous to pets when chewed or ingested. Check your plants and either eliminate toxic plants or move them to a safe area away from pets.

-Lock your cabinets. Just like you would for a young child lock up medications, and keep household and lawn chemicals out of reach from pets.

-Install toddler safety gates to keep animals in safe areas only.

-Move the trashcan to a location that your pet cannot access. Food wrappers and some foods like grapes and raisins are harmful for pets. Put your trash in a locked cabinet if possible.

-Look for strangulation hazards. Curtains and blind cords should be tied up and kept out of your pet’s reach.

-Tuck away and hide wires and cords that are often temptation for pets who like to chew.

-If you want to be extra-cautious, consider keeping your pets in a crate when you have to leave the house.

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When selling your home, you want it to appeal to a wide variety of people, not showcase your personality or preferences. While you might love deep red walls in your dining room, it might be too bold for a potential buyer. Your goal is to sell your home and having the right buyer appeal is key. There are a few things to think of when staging your home.

Paint color is a must unless you already use neutral colors in your home. When looking for paint colors think of beige, olives, yellows, tans and greys. Outdated wallpaper patterns are a big no-no. Not only will an outdated look not be appealing to a buyer but the thought of having to take it down after buying the home can be a negative to a buyer. Taking down the wallpaper, fixing any imperfections in the walls with spackle and sanding, and applying a new coat of paint will go a long way. Choosing a paint with a low sheen will help hide any imperfections that may still remain.

De-cluttering your home will give it a clean, organized look that will appeal to a buyer. Minimal items should remain in your home and going through your space to take out anything you don’t need and sending it to storage is ideal. Think about your furniture as well, since often too much furniture can cause spaces to look small. In addition, by pulling furniture away from the walls and placing them in conversational groups, you add space to a room.

Having the right decorative items can help to create an inviting space. Rather than having items lined up, trying grouping different items together, like on the coffee table. Hang pictures and art work in groups as well, avoiding a traditional straight line on the wall. Make sure that you have things such as decorative towels and soaps in the bathroom to help set the scene. And adding the right lighting can help set a welcoming mood. Make sure you have a variety of lighting in each space, from table lamps, to accent lighting, and whole room lighting.

Basically, when staging your home, you want to make it a place that someone would want to live. Little touches here and there can really make a difference. With a little investment you might just find you are getting the offers you were hoping for.

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