I know. Your pets are like your children, right? But pets can make keeping a home spic and span for showings a true challenge, can’t they? Many of my clients are concerned about how their home will show because of pets. I’ve put together my best tips to prevent Fido and Fluffy from being a deterrent to potential buyers.
- Do not feature pets in photos. Do not feature pictures of Fido curled up by the hearth or fluffy at home on your bed. I know the temptation for a cute photo is real, but trust me, it’s actually a turnoff for people with allergies or non-animal lovers. You could be preventing a large number of potential buyers from ever even walking through the door. Remove pets’ belongings and supplies from photos, as well.
- Repair pet-related damage. It’s inevitable. Whether from the puppy stage or during a worrisome storm when he was alone, Fido has destroyed, or at least slightly mangled, something in your home. If you have chewed door frames or furniture, frayed carpet from scratching or even chewed up furniture, you’d be smart to remove it. Seeing this kind of damage can cause buyers to panic and think there could be more issues they aren’t even seeing. Plus, chewed up items, scratched or soiled floors and the like simply don’t show well. Spend the money and time to repair the problems or remove affected belongings.
- Thoroughly clean. When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s smart to involve professionals. If one of your fur children has soiled your carpets or furniture, pay to have it cleaned. Carpet cleaners from the grocery store don’t always get everything out. Address the odors at their source, because you don’t want to overpower potential buyers with air fresheners you’ve sprayed before showings. And whether you do it or hire a team, clean your home like it’s the first day of spring. Remove the dog hair tumbleweeds from under your couch and thoroughly wash Fido and Fluffy’s feeding areas.
- Properly prepare for showings. The effort for us animal lovers doesn’t stop once the home is listed. Before each showing, put away as much of your pet’s belongings and supplies as possible. Clean up toys, stash their bed in the garage or your car, and scoop and hide the litterbox. If you are unable to relocate these items, make sure they are tidy and spic and span.
- Relocate your pet. It’s really important to do all you can to relocate your pet during showings. Some of my clients have had relatives who keep their pets while their home is on the market to simplify things. This is a great option if it doesn’t stress you and your pet out! If it does, plan to remove your fur babies during showings. Take Fido to the dog park or suffer the meows in the car as you ride around with Fluffy for an hour. I know it’s inconvenient, but it’s worth it. And if there is no way you can remove your pets from your home, be sure to confine them to a small room, your backyard or a crate. Let the potential buyers know the situation and ask them to leave your pet alone this go round. (You could be liable for any bites or scratches!)
Buying and selling a home with pets can be a challenge, but it’s doable. I’ll help you stage your home for free using your furniture and help you devise a plan for showing your home at its best. Give me a call to get started!