Selling a house is certainly not easy. From deep cleaning, staging, pricing, marketing and showing, a lot of things need to be done before putting your home in the market. Keeping your home as clean and as organized as possible can be a challenge, especially if you live in that house. If you are a pet owner, then it’s going to take additional work and effort to sell your home.
Thinking of selling your home? Here are some home selling tips for pet owners.
Give your home a deep clean
Most homeowners allow their pets inside their home. Some pets even sleep in the same room as their pet parents. If your pet has been with you for a long period of time, odds are you are less sensitive to the odor. Potential buyers, however, are going to notice that smell once they walk into your home.
Pet odors can kill a home sale. Scratches and chewmarks may turn off buyers. As such, we recommend that you give your home a deep clean and repair any damage before putting your house on the market. You want potential buyers to be as unaware of your pet as possible.
Remove pets during showing
Owners are expected to leave the house during showings. As you leave the house, we recommend that you take your pet with you. Some of you might be tempted to leave your dog at home, thinking they are harmless. Others would place them in a crate so they won’t bite.
Placing your dog in a crate may prevent them from biting your guests. However, you can’t prevent them from barking or acting up in the presence of strangers. You want buyers to feel as comfortable as possible while looking at your house, but it would be impossible for them to do so if your dog keeps on barking at them.
Temporarily relocate pets
When selling your home, you want to make sure that your house looks its best. It can be difficult to do so if you have pets inside your home.
We understand that many of you consider your pet as a family member. However, they can make selling your home more difficult. If you can leave your dog or cat with a friend or a family member temporarily, it would be easier for you to keep your home looking and smelling fresh. Plus, you can accommodate showings any time of the day since you no longer have to worry about potential buyers seeing your pets.