What You Should Do to Sell a Home When You Have Pets 

Being a pet owner can be one of life’s joys. However, when you’re looking to sell your home, their presence can discourage buyers. Some people won’t be thrilled by the mess and damage pets create, while others just won’t like animals. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to stage your home properly to help you make the sale.

Clean Thoroughly

Pets create messes. It can be a hassle cleaning up after them, but if you’re selling your home, it’s imperative to do so. Carpets and counters are particularly susceptible to acquiring undesirable buildup and noticeable odors. Unfortunately, there’s only so much that a homeowner can do, no matter how much we vacuum, so having your home deep-cleaned can be highly effective. Potential buyers will notice hairs and unpleasant smells. Professional cleaners will have the tools and training to rid your home of even the most resistant stains. However, if even a deep clean is not able to remove blemishes, then consider replacing the carpets and padding. And before showings, open windows and use a neutral air freshener in moderation.

Keep Your Pet Away

You cannot properly stage and prepare your home if you have a pet running around. Most pets are affectionate and enthusiastic, but the traffic brought on by showing your home can cause them stress and anxiety. The best option is to remove them from the home on days when it’s being viewed. You could arrange for your pets to stay with friends or relatives or have them boarded. Whatever you decide, bear in mind that this may cause upheaval and may create stress for your animals. Try to make them as comfortable as possible by keeping their favorite things with them, and consider giving them treats and new toys to preoccupy them. Additionally, ensure that whoever takes care of them sticks to the routines your pets are accustomed to. Before doing anything, talk to a veterinarian, who will advise you on what other precautions you can take to keep your pets’ stress to a minimum.

Hide Pet Accessories

Getting rid of any visible evidence that you are a pet owner is the next step. Again, not everyone is an animal lover, so even the sight of your pet’s favorite toys may be enough of a deterrent to a sale. You will have to find ways to conceal evidence of their presence. Consider putting your pet’s accessories in an area that will be off-limits or otherwise not visible to a buyer, like your car. This should apply, as well, to photographs of your pets, as the sight of any pictures may prompt unwanted queries.

Repair Any Damage

Pets leave marks wherever they go. At home, their exuberance can leave damage in their wake, from the subtle to the shocking. That may be evident over time if your house is full of scratches. Go through your home and look for evidence. So much of our home is susceptible to damage. Fabrics, like furniture and curtains, are sensitive to many things, let alone an overly enthusiastic pet. Wood, especially flooring and walls, and window ledges are also prone to scuffs and scratches. A potential buyer will notice this, and what they see could turn them off. With this in mind, repair or replace anything that exhibits pet-related damage before an open house or viewing.

Selling a home is demanding, but you can ease some of the additional stresses faced as a pet owner. By deep-cleaning, making necessary repairs, and taking your beloved pet away from the pandemonium, you can give yourself the best chance of a successful sale. In doing so, you can also minimize any anxiety your pet may experience.

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Written By: Cindy Aldridge, Ourdogfriends.org
(Contributor)