Thomas Murphy - Pine Shores Real Estate



Posted by Thomas Murphy on 8/20/2017

While you may really love your pet, not everyone is an animal lover. If youíre planning on selling your home soon, and you have a pet, make sure that Fido doesnít chase away potential buyers. From the damage that pets can do to potential allergies that buyers may have, a pet can be a detriment to selling your home. Heed these tips below before selling a home with pets:


Before You List Your Home, Move Your Pets


You donít need to give up your pets in order to sell your home, but itís a good idea to find them another place to stay while your home is on the market. This will make it easier for the open house and if other agents want to show the home to potential buyers. Dogs barking and cats creeping around may drive potential buyers away. Even the idea of pet food and a water bowl may make a potential buyer suspicious as to whether the pet has caused any sort of damage around the home. If you find a place for your pets to stay, you can eliminate a lot of these problems.


If You Canít Send The Pets Away, Keep Them Out Of Sight


Before a home showing, be sure to clean up any pet items that are around the house including toys, food, and pet bowls. The pet can go with you while youíre out of the house for a showing. Itís not that youíre being secretive about having a pet, yet, you shouldnít call attention to the fact that pets have been present in the home. 


Clean Your House


When you decide to sell your home, give it a deep clean. Vacuum the house up and get pet hair off of the furniture. You may even want to run an air filtration system to get dust and pet dander out of the air. This will prevent potential allergic buyers from sneezing their way through a home showing. 


Donít forget to clean up the yard as well in this process of getting the home ready for a home showing. Any ďgiftsĒ that have been left behind by your pets should be cleaned up in the yard. You donít want potential homebuyers ruining their shoes and their home showing experience. 


Giving your home a deep clean will also help to eliminate any pet odors that may be in the home. Itís hard for owners to pick up on these smells, as your noses become accustomed to it. Buyers can smell pets right away! Change the litter box and use some anti-odor prays to help get any of the stench from animals out of the home. Opening the windows in your home can also work wonders to change the air and the smell in the space.


Even though it might be a bit hard for your pet through the process of selling your home, with the extra revenue that youíll make, you can get your pet their very own luxury space!




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