Selling Your Home with Pets
Why (and How) You Hide Evidence of Pets When Selling
Posted: November 18, 2019 by Alysia Bauer
Selling a home with a pet can be a challenge. While you might consider your pet as part of the family, not everyone may agree. Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in a home, which means hiding any and all evidence of your fur baby. Even the slightest hint of a pet could send a potential buyer running. Don’t worry, we are here to help!
This is probably the most important when it comes to selling your home because a strong odor is one of the top reasons why a buyer will pass on a home. We grow accustomed to odors in our homes so we may not notice a pet odor like a buyer will.
Start by opening windows and doors to let some fresh air in to dilute any odors that may be lingering. Also consider replacing your furnace air filter to further eliminate existing danders in the home.
Wash any and all fabric that you can, including curtains, bedding, rugs, and clothing. If it is unable to be washed, use a pet deodorizer to neutralize the odors. If your home is carpeted, consider either replacing the carpet or having it professionally cleaned.
Scratched door frames, damaged floors, or shredded curtains will surely inform potential buyers that pets have been living in the home, which in turn may lead them to wonder what damages exist that they cannot see and how much it is going to cost to resolve those issues. Utilize furniture covers for your couches and chairs, and remove any other furniture that shows damage.
If there are any signs of digging in the lawn, trampled grass or bushes, or damages to the fencing, it is important to repair these as well. If there is a fenced-in pet area or a dog run in the yard that cannot be hidden, clean them up to be as presentable as possible. In addition, be sure to clean up any waste in the yard.
Pack up and remove anything pet-related when showing your home. This includes: kennels or crates, toys, water and food bowls, pet beds, dog houses or cat condos, scratching posts, leashes, and photos of your pet.
Relocate your pet during a showing if at all possible. Try boarding or taking your pet to a local daycare while you have potential buyers looking at your home, or even ask friends or family if they can stay with them briefly. If your pet has to stay at home, be sure to ask your realtor for ample notice so you can prepare accordingly.
With so many families owning animals, it can be difficult to imagine anyone disliking yours. But when it comes to selling your home, you want to be sure nothing interferes. Investing time now will result in a successful sale later.