Are You a Pet Owner? 5 Things you Need to do Before Selling Your Home

Dated: April 1 2021

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Millions of homeowners share their homes with dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and many other types of our world's most unique creatures. We love our pets dearly, but when it comes to selling your home, it is best to keep your pets' exposure to potential buyers at a minimum. Here are five things that I recommend you do to get your home show-ready:

1. Relocate pets during showings
It is best to have your pet plan in place before your home goes active on the market. I know it is hard to believe, but some people might not love your animals as much as you do.

You will want potential buyers to focus on the beauty of your home and not on your beloved pets. The best way to do this is by eliminating any distractions such as smell or barking. Take your pets away with you during home showings if possible, arrange a neighbor or family member to watch them. 


2. Repair any damages caused by pets
Although we love our fur babies, they can sometimes cause minor damage to our homes. Some of the most common damages caused by pets include scratched doors, punctured window screens, shredded carpets, and scratched hardwood floors.

 The last thing a buyer wants to do is spend their money fixing problems caused by your pet.

3. Eliminate odors
Have you ever walked into a home and you know right away they have pets? Pet odor can drive potential buyers right out of the door. The most common pet odor that lingers in a home is, you guessed it, urine.

Potential buyers will not want to figure out how to get rid of the smell themselves. As a seller, you might have to consider replacing or getting carpets/flooring professionally cleaned. Along with washing the walls and changing any air filters in your home to try to eliminate any unsavory smells.

4. Hide pet supplies and accessories
Now that your pet is out of the home and the home smells pet-free. The next step is to put away all of the tell-tell signs of your pet. Put away any litter boxes, food bowls, toys, tanks, cages, and other pet supplies. If a buyer sees these items, they might start to wonder if the animals have caused any damage to the home that they can't easily see. 

5. Clean any stains and pet hair
Deep cleaning your home is standard before any showing, but if you have pets, you will want to double-check that you have removed any pet stains or hair.   Pet dander can also cause serious allergies, and the last thing a buyer wants is to have a reaction while walking through your home. 

 

Looking for more advice during the buying/selling process? Visit www.ClearyRealEstateGroup.com for more real estate tips and tricks!

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Dawn Cleary

I am a full-time, dedicated real estate professional. I understand the unique challenges that face both buyers and sellers in our market, and how to overcome them. I am dedicated to not only meeting.....

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