How to Sell Your Home When You Have Pets

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Pets are wonderful additions to our families. They bring us joy, companionship and so much more. When it comes to selling your home, however, pets are not exactly an asset. One of the main challenges for people when they’re looking to sell their home is apprehension from buyers because of pets being in the home. If you’re thinking of selling your home but you’re not sure what to do about pet damage or perception, here are some things that you can do to curb the pet-resentment from potential buyers.

Keep Them Out of the Home for Showings

It’s not ideal to have to remove your pets every time you do a showing, but it is often the best solution. You’ve heard of “Out of Sight; Out Of Mind”? Many prospective home buyers won’t ask twice about pet issues if they don’t physically see a pet, and that is one less thing to worry about for you. Ask a friend or family member to care for your pet, or consider boarding them for a short time.

Be Mindful of Smells

Pets come with a certain reputation for odours. If you have cats or anything litter trained, do what you can to remove the box and evidence of the box for showings. Make sure that puppy training pads are also removed. If you’re used to the smell of your animals, ask someone (such as a friend or relative) to come smell your house and alert you to anything that may need a second cleaning.

Pay Close Attention To Stains

Potential buyers are paying attention to everything that may cost them more money than the purchase price of the house. That means they’re paying close attention to floorboards and carpeting. Before you show your house, consider having your carpets professionally cleaned.

Remember that while it’s important to be forthright with buyers, you don’t need to take out an advertisement in the local paper about your love of puppies. When you’re posting your listing online, maybe disturb your dog to get a pet-free shot of the living room.

Top Tips for Real Estate Agents on Social Media

If you’re not on social media by now, you’re missing out on something special. Besides the fact that social media networks give your potential clients a closer look at your business and your personality, it also has some irrefutable benefits to your sales; think of social media as an extension of your advertising outreach; one that requires an investment of time instead of money.

Joining social media and building your audience is the hardest part, but with these tips and tricks you’ll be on your way in no time. Start by building your profile. You’ll want a high quality picture of yourself that is highly recognizable across all networks. Either use the same photo as a personal brand, or similar ones so that people can identify you easily.

If you’re not particularly savvy in the design department, ask someone who is. On top of your picture, you’re going to want a customized background and header photo which explains in further detail who you are and what you can do. Once you’ve got this all set up, you’re ready to begin inviting people to follow you.

When you’re ready, ask people that you’re close with to add you on Twitter, Facebook, or other social media sites. Reach out to friends and family, as well as regular clientele. You’ll also want to add all your social media accounts to any website that you have, existing profiles on corresponding sites, your email signature and any newsletters that you send out.

Get used to scheduling your outreach by using a program such as HootSuite or TweetDeck. This will allow you to focus your posts and spread them out throughout the day. You want to have a good mix of sales information, business news and information that is relevant to your readers and your field, as well as conversational messages. These will all work in their own way to ensure that you are working towards becoming an expert in your field, while still being very personable.

Social Media works to further your business reputation in a way that has never been seen in the real estate market today. Don’t forget to share your successes and congratulate colleagues on theirs.

It’s a social world; make the most of it!