If you own pets, you of course love them, as everyone should. However, if you are selling your home, it isn’t certain that all potential buyers will love your pets, or that they’ll love purchasing a home that is very pet-lived in. With that said, as your local real estate team, allow us to share some tips on how to avoid issues when selling your home with pets!
- Fur – No matter how many times you vacuum and sweep, there’s always pet hair that lingers, right? This is especially true if it sticks to your furniture. Use a lightly dampened sponge to remove the hair, or invest in a lint roller, squeegee or special gloves made for pet hair. Brush your pets regularly, and do so outside!
- Floor stains – If you’ve got stains on your carpet or floor from a cat’s coughed up grass clippings, or a dog’s accident, you need to work stat on removing these stains. According to ABC Carpet Cleaning, if home improvement sprays don’t work, consider replacing the carpeting or hiring a carpet cleaning contractor to remove the stains.
- Pet aroma – Pet owners become accustomed to the smell of their pets, but buyers will notice! Baking soda is great for absorbing smells, so sprinkle some in litter pans, or mix it with water and spray it onto dog beds, toys, favorite hiding places, etc. A pet enzyme removal product will help lift aromas in the carpeting, as long as it hasn’t reached the carpet padding underneath yet.
- Scratches/dings – If you’ve got any furniture with major damage to it, from when your dog was a puppy, or when your cat used her claws, store until after you sell the home. That does not look appealing to buyers. For minor damage, try a felt-tip marker on light scratches, and wood putty and stains for deeper scratches.
When it comes to items that belong to your pet, it is a good idea to store them away during a showing. Place all of your pet’s toys and accessories in a visually appealing basket or bin. Load food or water dishes in the dishwasher before a showing, so they don’t get knocked over. If you can’t remove a litter box, be sure to clean it out really well.
You should also plan to put your pets somewhere during showings or open houses! Just as buyers prefer you leave while they look at your house, same goes for pets. If you are able, it’d be wise to take your pets with you when you leave, or to find a daycare for them. If you can’t, it’s best to place them in a cage or kennel just while potential buyers are over.
For more tips on selling your home with pets, check out this Realtor.com article or contact us. As your Houston real estate team, we’d love to answer all of your questions and to help you through every step of the home-selling process, so that it goes as quickly and smoothly as possible for you. We look forward to hearing from you!