Minimize Pet Peeves Before Listing Your Home
What would we do without our pets? Not only do they provide companionship, they are just a lot of fun to have around. Unfortunately, when it’s time to put your home on the market, the presence of a pet can put off potential homebuyers. Here are three steps you can take to minimize some common pet “peeves” of homebuyers.
Clean your home. A home that is thoroughly cleaned and free of pet odors is the ideal. If animals have urinated in the house, a professional cleaning may get rid of the odor, but in some cases, it will be necessary to replace the affected carpeting or flooring to eliminate the odor at its source. Ask your REALTOR® if odors are noticeable. You may not notice the smell, but people who enter your home for the first time will.
Police your yard. Nothing is worse than pet waste in the front yard, especially if your visitor is a potential buyer. While you may have little control over wandering animals in your neighborhood, you can pick up after your pet.
Replace and repair. Dogs and cats can do a lot of damage to woodwork, furniture, and walls. Before you invite potential homebuyers to look at your house, have your REALTOR or a trusted friend look around for signs of damage you may have missed. Repair, replace, or remove anything that your pets have damaged.
It’s best to remove pets from the home while the house is on the market, but if that’s not possible, take the pets outside when potential buyers are visiting or keep them confined to a small room or crate. As much as you love your animals, when a homebuyer is looking at your house, you want your house to be the focus, not your pets.