Selling your home can be a fun process, however it can sometimes also be a little stressful. Selling your home when you have pets offers some extra challenges, what to do with your furry family members while the home is being shown is one of the many questions this Realtor gets asked frequently. Unfortunately, not everyone loves our pets as much as we do. It is important to consider why people may have a negative reaction to our pets so that we can remove any possible barriers in order to sell your home. There are many reasons that some buyers may have such reactions, allergies, fear of certain animals, and smells generally top the list. Here is a list of things to consider when selling your, and your pets home.
Some homeowners will get a pet sitter, or bring their pets with them when they leave to allow showings in their home. If this is not an option for you, you may consider putting your furry friend in a crate, in a quiet room to keep them safe and out of the way of the potential buyers. The other advantage to this is that you as a pet owner won’t have to worry about your pets making a mad dash for the door. If your pet is absent then it will not be a distraction for the buyers as they walk through the home.
The best practice is to remove your pets toys and other accessories that we all have to keep our pets happy. If buyers have to step over toys and have to watch out for water dishes and pet food, this could distract them from seeing the whole potential of your house. Don’t forget to remove those pet beds as well as some buyers may see them as dirty.
Dealing with pet smells can be a bit tricky. A vacuum will help, but a professional steam cleaning is the most effective way to get rid of smells in the carpet. Stains in the carpet may detract from the overall beauty of your home, use a pet spot remover to help with this, or consider replacing carpet. Bedding is also another place that pet smells tend to linger. If you’re like this Realtor and your pets sleep on the bed don’t forget about cleaning the bedding before a showing. A wash of the walls will also help to give your home a nice clean smell, and don’t forget about those windows. Cat and dog nose prints on the sliding glass door may be just another part of your daily life but it may discourage buyers from seeing your house as their home. Litter boxes should be cleaned daily and puppy training pads should also be removed.
A few final things to remember is to clean up any messes your pets may have left outside, having animal droppings in the backyard will make it seem less welcoming, so don’t forget to clean up the outside as well as the inside of your home. Selling a house with a pet can bring a little extra work, but in the end your extra effort will pay off with the successful sale of your home and hopefully the purchase of a new home for you and your furry family members.
And That’s The Cats’ Meow.