Selling your home when you have pets can come with some challenges. I am not only a pet owner but happen to be selling my home currently. We love our furry little friends, but come on, let’s be honest, they throw a few more challenges in the mix when it comes to selling. Here are a few tips I can give you to ease the process on you and FIDO.
BEFORE LISTING YOUR HOME
- Give your house a really good deep cleaning. You want to remove traces of animal hair as well as animal odors. This may be a good time to ask a good friend or even your listing agent if your home smells pet free. Trust me – odors are a deal killer. If you need to, hire a professional cleaning company to get the job done for you.
- Hide your pets belongings. Pick a drawer or buy a basket with lid to throw pet toys in. Think about de-cluttering your spaces even when it comes to the dog/cat. You can always get things out as needed but your home will show much nicer when items such as these are not sitting out to be seen.
- Litter pans
- Pet beds/blankets
- Cat towers/trees
- Pet toy bin/basket
- Pet food
- Pet dishes
3. Clean up the outside of your home too! Okay this one is not rocket science…. make sure your yard doesn’t look like their potty pit-stop. Enough said. Other considerations to make when selling your home with pets is the condition of your lawn and landscaping. Many pets, such as a dog, make it a habit to dig holes in the yard or landscaping. Make sure that you have filled any holes that your pet has made in the past. These things may seem like small tasks but they can make a huge impact on a potential buyers outlook of your home.
4. Check for pet damage.
- Scratched hardwood floors
- Trim work around doors
- Ripped screens
- Kitchen cabinet doors
- Lower trim work
5. Don’t Restrict Showings Because Of Your Pets – Be Prepared! One of the biggest mistakes a seller can make when selling their home is restricting the times it can be shown. The primary reason why restricting the times your home can be shown can be detrimental is due to the fact that a buyer will not stop their home search because they cannot get into your home. Make sure you have a plan of action in place in the event a showing day and time is requested that may not be convenient for you. Here are a few ideas to reduce the stress of showings with FIDO or Mr. Whiskers…
- Relocate your pet with a family or friend temporarily
- Be available to remove your pets from the home during showings. Consider taking a walk with them or taking them on a car ride.
- If you have a well behaved pet another option may be to crate the animal during showing. This is not our top choice but sometimes is the only option.
I hope these tips will help you in reducing the stress of selling and showing a home with pets. Shoot us an email at info@mavesgroup if you have any questions or suggestions.