It’s soft. It’s light. It’s everywhere.
But who’d have thought dog hair could be so expensive?
Dog Hair Follows Me
I shed almost as much as my golden retriever, Honey.
When I get up from my office desk, I see golden hairs clinging to the back of the seat. I have to allow enough time in my car share rental to clean up clinging dog hairs from the upholstery. And emptying out my backpack means shaking a shower of golden fur into the garden.
But dog hair shows its true power of ubiquity when I’m painting. And since we’re listing the house for sale in a few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of painting.
Let me share my pain.
Painting With Dog Hair
I live in a house that’s more than one hundred years old. Which means that painting involves more than just washing down the walls and painting.
There’s the inevitable sanding and scraping. Throw in a little caulking. Don’t forget the actual repairs—door knobs that fall off, windows that were painted shut.
But the real grief comes from the dog hair.
When everything is prepped and ready to paint, I bring out the vacuum cleaner to get all the dog hair up. Then I wipe the surface down with a damp cloth (after an earlier, heavy cleaning). And now I’m ready to paint.
Damn. What’s that? It’s a dog hair stuck to my paint brush. Or worse, one painted into the surface.
Sanity vs Money
Once the house goes on the market, we’re moving out temporarily.
I want the place to be available for showings at any time with no notice. And I don’t want to be fighting with dog hair every day until the house sells.
So we’re hoping to rent a friend’s apartment while buyers are looking at the house. Luckily, I live in the sexy neighborhood in Ithaca and houses in decent shape sell in a few days, often for more than the asking price. So we’ll move out for a week and count it as a moving expense.
But then my husband Mike said, “Y’know, I think we should plan on being out of the house for two weeks. After all, you won’t want to shampoo the carpets and do a final cleaning with Honey around the house.” Ka-ching. My fuzzy dog just cost me another $600.
Actually, an extra week is probably overkill. If we do intensive vacuuming and cleaning two days before listing the house, we should be okay.
Whew, Honey. You dodged one there.
Because paying hundreds of dollars for accommodations because I can’t trust my dog not to shed for a few days might have me reconsidering this whole relationship.
Nah. Not really.
Because as expensive as dog hair is, it’s a small price to pay for all that golden love.
Your Turn: Have you ever felt it was absolutely crucial to clean up EVERY. SINGLE. DOG HAIR. in your house? How did you manage it?
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