If you’re a pet owner who’s decided to sell your home, you may wonder how your pet’s presence will affect the way potential buyers see your home. You may also be looking for ways to lessen the stress to your pet when it comes to staging and showing your home. Worry not; with a bit of planning, you can sell your pet-friendly home and keep your critters happy as well.
Staging and Showings When You Have a Pet
While evidence of pets in your home won’t turn away every potential buyer, it’s important to make a good first impression on any homebuyer who takes a tour. This means staging your home and yard to look their best, and that may include repairing pet damage.
- Patch the lawn, if necessary
- Repair any scratched or chewed areas, including your rugs and furniture
- Have carpets professionally cleaned
If practical, you should regularly air out your home to make it smell fresh. Stay away from heavily perfumed air fresheners, but keeping Fido bathed and your cat’s litter box clean will keep pet odors to a minimum.
Minimizing Your Pets’ Stress
Take your pets with you when you leave the home for showings. Not only will the house show better, you can’t predict how your pets will react to having strangers in their home while you’re away. Even if they don’t like car rides, your pets are likely to be more comfortable when they’re with you. This could be a great time for a long walk or a special treat for your furry companion.
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