We love our pets, whether they are cats, dogs, rabbits, snakes or iguanas. But, that doesn’t mean potential home buyers do. When you decide to put your house on the market, you will need to pet-proof your place. Here are 5 tips to keep your furry friends from making a mess of your home sale.
One way to scare off potential buyers is with foul odors and hair that come with having pets in a home. You’re so accustomed to your pet that you no longer realize they can give your home a certain scent or notice the fur balls throughout the house. But rest assured, potential buyers will pick up on it right away. Deep cleaning your house will help control the odors and mess that harbor in areas often missed during a regular cleaning routine.
We know Mr. Kit Cat loves his 2-story climbing tower, but it will need to be packed away while you are going through the home selling process. You don’t want to have potential home buyers trying to avoid pet beds, toys or litter boxes as they walk through your home. It’s difficult to remove everything, but keeping it all organized and in one area will make a big difference.
Scoop The Poop
Whether you have litter boxes inside the home or animals that use your backyard as their bathroom, make sure you pick up after your pet. Homebuyers will be walking through each room and around the house. The last thing you want is for them to step in you know what!
While this might not apply to every pet, some of our furry friends may have decided that it would be fun to make a wall their chew toy. Or perhaps Sir Garfield marked his territory on the carpet. Scratched hardwood floors, trim work and ripped screens, and worn furniture are other possible pet damaged areas that need to be repaired or replaced before you list your home for sale.
Remember not all homebuyers will love Mr. Snickers like you do. Letting pets rome free can make some buyers uncomfortable. Not to mention it’s hard to predict the behavior of any animal when strangers are in the home. Make sure to take your animal family members on a walk or for a drive. If you can’t remove pets during showings, securing them in crates/cages might be the next best option.
Selling a home with pets can be challenging and it will take some extra effort. Let the agents at COListings help you and your furry friends through the process. Contact us today!