When selling your house, “Must Love Dogs” is not the movie you want to show.
If you ask any real estate agent for a top ten list of things that can derail the sale of your home, pets and pet odors are right up there.
It’s not that buyers don’t like pets. In fact many buyers have their own set of furry friends that are part of their household. What they don't want are remnants of YOUR pets!
What you want to avoid is adding anything that will distract a buyer from seeing your house as a possibility for their new dream home.
Your plan of attack:
1. The most obvious distraction is pet odor, whether it’s from Lucky’s own particular eau de parfum, or from their accidents on your floors, you need to address this.
Call on a good friend or your agent and ask them if they can detect any odor. Since we live in our homes, we become immune to its personal aromas.
2.Wash and deodorize your pet’s bedding, water bowls, kennel and toys.
You don’t have to throw your pet’s favorite toy away but you need to do what you can to clean it. Some toys can even go in the microwave or dishwasher.
3. Bathe and groom your dog! Depending upon your dog, they may need a bath more often than usual. And, with your busy schedule, there are some tips that will help give your pet a quick grooming, such as wiping their fur with baby wipes.
4. Repair any damage that Lucky may have done! If your energetic pet has chewed on the carpet or run through your screens, it is time to bite the bullet and repair them.
If buyers see this, they will only wonder what other damage there is that they can’t see.
5. Check your yard. If Lucky dug holes or damaged the yard, don’t think that the buyer won’t notice. And, keep up with your pooper scooper duty daily!
6. Odors, whether from cooking, smoking or your pets, become trapped in any fabrics in your home, and that includes your carpet and any furniture that Lucky is allowed to sit or roll around in. Have these professionally cleaned and deodorized. You can also try some these organic DIY odor removers.
7. Vacuum every day!
8. Cats have their own little daily habits, so you need to keep the litter box exceptionally clean!
And when your house is being shown…..
1.Make arrangements for your pets to be away. You may opt to take them for a walk but it is in your best interest, as well as your pet's, for them to be out of the house.
There may be a buyer who is allergic to dogs or cats; one who may have a fear of dogs.
You don’t need to subject your pet to the intrusion of strangers!
2.Place your pet’s toys, dog bowls and bedding away. There’s no need to place ideas in a buyer’s head. You’re not trying to hide anything. But why open questions about “what if” if you don’t have to.
3. DO NOT leave a pot of orange peels and cinnamon sticks on the stove or bake a batch of cookies to try to cover up any odors. Buyers are on to this trick! And never leave lit candles around an unattended home.
When selling your house, use these tips to take the “doggie” out of the house!