Our furry or feathered friends are lovable and very much a part of our families. When it comes to selling your home, pets can sometimes inconvenience or even hinder the selling process. There are a few extra steps you can take to ensure the process is a little easier on you, your pet and a potential buyer.
Preparing your Home to Sell
- Freshen the Air ñ You may not know or have become used to it, but pet homes tend to smell. Pet smell is a major turn-off. Freshen up the air with a thorough clean up. Replace or have the carpets professionally cleaned. Remove stained pet beds and litter boxes. Neutralise the air with natural air fresheners such as flowers, bowls of fruits, aromatic spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, or freshly baked goodies. Using neutralizing essential oils and diffuser is also a great way to eliminate odours.
- Repair pet destruction ñ Scratched doors or posts, scuffed floors, damaged furniture, and chewed off carpets should be repaired or replaced.
- Clean up the fur ñ Many people are allergic to pet fur and dander. Be sure to vacuum, sweep and launder anything with traces of fur.
- Tidy pet clutter ñ Remove all pet evidence from the house. Pet bowls, water fountains, beds, litter boxes, carriers, and toys can add to the clutter.
Clean the yard ñPatches of yellowed grass, droppings, dug holes, damaged plants, and abandoned toys can be taken as signs of neglect.
- Relocate pets ñ Arrange for a friend or family to look after your pet during a showing. Relocating your pet for few days or weeks will help keep the house clean and minimize maintenance.
- Remove pets from the house ñ If relocation is not an option, make sure to remove your pet during showings. Hide all pet paraphernalia like pet bowls and beds away from plain sight.
- Quickly run the vacuum or sweep before showings.