Preparing a home to sell in today’s market for top dollar involves a bit of work, such as the purging, cleaning, repairs and staging. Then comes the challenge of keeping it looking great for the various showings and open houses. One of the biggest challenges in the process is what to do with your beloved pets when your house is on the market. Although we pet owners adore our gorgeous fur-babies (and for good reason – they are our BFFs!), a lot of potential home buyers don’t feel the same way.
The pet peeve
Prospective buyers are naturally going to be picky about the home they buy, after all, it’s the biggest investment most people ever make. With that in mind, it’s important to know that when listing your home, there may be interested buyers who don’t like animals, or perhaps they do but they are allergic. They may also view pets as messy, destructive little creatures, and may turn away from your perfect home for no other reason than the fact that there are pets living there. Don’t take it personally; if you are serious about selling your house or condo, you’ll need to make it look and smell as pet-free as possible. Here are some helpful tips to get your pet-friendly house ready to list:
1) Start with the smell
Although you may not always smell your pets, others do. In fact, any unpleasant home odour sends off alarm bells for potential buyers and can send them packing, which is why making sure it smells clean and fresh is essential while your house is for sale. When showing your home, remove the litter box, dog beds, food bowls and even stuffed pet toys. You can stash them in the back of your car or in the garage, but don’t leave them in the main living areas. You’ll also need to do a thorough cleaning of rugs, carpets and upholstery, as pet odours can linger in fabrics. If you have a dog, be sure to keep it clean and washed and smelling fresh. Whenever possible during a showing or open house, keep the windows open too.
2) Removing pets at showing time
Whenever there’s a showing or open house, it’s advisable to have Fifi or Fido removed from the home. You can take them with you, drop them off at a neighbour’s house (or yard) or at a kennel, just make sure they aren’t around or making a fuss. This will help the Realtors® do their job without worrying your pet will run away or distract potential buyers, and also keep your home calm and peaceful. Remember too, that some people are sincerely afraid of animals or seriously allergic, so having one in the home could be quite traumatic.
3) Check for damage
Sometimes we overlook a scratched up bannister or the hole in the screen from our pets, but potential buyers sure won’t. Wherever you see any damage or stains caused by pets, it’s important to patch them up when listing your home. Again, if your goal is to sell your home quickly and for top price, the extra efforts you put in early on will pay off.
4) Do the yard work
If you have a dog, don’t forget to clean the front and back yards carefully; heaven forbid someone steps in the dog-doo! If you have bare patches or dug up sod, be sure to touch those up as well.
Selling a home with pets may involve a bit more work, but it’s important to wow all potential buyers, including those who aren’t necessarily pet-lovers. If you’re eager to buy or sell in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Grey County, The Blue Mountains, Meaford or the Georgian Triangle, connect with us. Our Realtors® will guide you through the various processes involved when buying or selling; we know the tips and tricks of the trade and we’re here for you. Connect with us today at 705-445-7085.