Our pets feel like members of the family, but home buyers do not feel your attachment and may be turned off to your home because of your furry friends. There is no question that you want top dollar for your home, so it’s important to give attention to how you handle your pets while it’s for sale.
No matter how irrational it may seem, some people feel nervous or even downright afraid around other people’s pets. While you understand your pet’s quirks, they are unpredictable to a home buyer, even if they have pets of their own.
What should be done? Although it may seem extreme, the very best solution is to relocate your pets while your home is on the market. You might be able to find a friend or relative who will open their home temporarily to your fur babies. Boarding them at a kennel or taking them to work with you each day may be another option.
If the idea of removing them from the home is too much for you to stomach, then it’s important that you take great measure to minimize the objections and nuisances as much as possible.
CAT LITTER & DOGGY PADS
Stash these items out of sight. Make sure a home buyer is not greeted by the smell of the cat litter box when they open the front door. And do not relocate it to a bedroom closet or a garage since the smell just doesn’t hide well.
CARPET & FLOOR STAINS
Floors should be professionally cleaned so there are no pet stains or odors. If the stains persist, you should seriously consider replacing the flooring.
By far, the most offensive pet odor is cat urine. Your olfactory glands may have grown accustomed to the scent, so ask a friend or neighbor to do a whiff test. Air fresheners are not enough to mask the odor and often cause allergic reactions to home buyers. Use an enzyme cleaner or hire a professional ozone company.
MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR
Remove all traces of your pets before showings. Put away their equipment, toys, and even food and water dishes. Tuck your photos away and vacuum every single day. Or twice a day!
If there is no way around having your pet in the home during a showing, put them in a carrier with a note to warn buyers and realtors to not disturb them. Do not leave them in the backyard or garage. Not only is it unfair to your pets, but it also prevents home buyers from getting a good look at those areas.
Even though our pets feel like part of the family, it’s important for home buyers to be oblivious that they exist in the home. It takes more effort for you, but you’ll thank yourself in the end (and so will your realtor)!