Selling a home can be tough. Selling a home that has pets can quite possibly become a nightmare. Not everyone loves pets, and walking into a house that has them can be a huge turn-off for buyers. They simply could be allergic, have a phobia or just find pets disgusting. It’s very important that any potential buyer that walks through your door is 110% comfortable so they can have a positive showing experience.
Don’t let your lovable fur baby jeopardize the selling of your home or decrease its value. Here’s a list of things all sellers should do prior to showing a home to prospective buyers.
- Make sure your home can pass your mother’s white glove test
It is crucial to make sure your house is rid of any stains, smells, etc. The best advice is to clean like you assume everyone that walks through your door either hates pets or is severely allergic. Get rid of all the hair and consider getting your carpets professionally cleaned to get old stains and odors out of it.
Cat pee is every cat owner’s nightmare. The smell seems to almost visibly sweep out of the litter box and through your home. Sometimes it feels like it’s impossible to clear it out. The best way to clean it and eliminate the odor is to use bleach. Yes, the smell of bleach would be preferable than the smell of cat urine. Afterwards, spritz your home with a lemon scented air freshener to give it a fresh, clean smell.
- Hide any and all evidence that you even own a pet
What the potential buyer doesn’t see won’t hurt them. If they don’t see any pet paraphernalia, they won’t get the impression that your home could be damaged in any way due to pets. Put away any of your pet’s toys, beds, food and water bowls, litter boxes, doggy pads and, of course, the cat tree (you know who you are).
- Send your pet on a mini-vacation
Send your little one to stay with a friend or family member until your home has sold or just during each showing. You could even maybe consider looking into kennels or any animal day care services. If those two are not feasible for you, you could simply take your dog for a walk during the showings or take your pets for a car ride throughout that time.
Showings can be very last-minute so it’s very important to stay on top of it all so you’re not scrambling around before the prospective buyers show up at the front door. Most importantly, remember to give your little guy (or girl) a treat for all their hard work throughout your moving process.