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.

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