Sorry pet lovers, this might be a bitter pill to swallow, but if you want to get top dollar for your house, pay attention to how much you might lose with a dog or cat in residence. For your pet to not affect your home selling, you need to find a babysiter.
Why Don’t Home Buyers Like Your Pet?
- Nervousness, fear and inexperience
- Smell, mess and hair
The Best Pet Solution When Selling your Home
So I know that you’re not going to like this — but the best thing to do to have the best chance of getting top price for your home is to relocate your pets while your home is on the market. This allows you to clean up the house and get rid of the pet odor.
Overcoming Negatives Associated with Your Pets
If you absolutely can’t move your pets out of the house for the duration then at least make sure that you do the following:
- Cat Litter Boxes & Dog Potty Pads
Keep them as clean as you ever have and keep them out of sight (AND SMELL). Nothing turns off buyers faster than opening the door to the laundry room and being greeted by a full or stinky cat box.
- Carpet & Floor Pet Stains
Hire professionals to remove the stains. Buyers will see them and this will color their opinions about the rest of the house. If the stains can’t be removed, then remove the floor covering and replace it.
- Pet Odors and Smells
- Pet smells are offensive to nonpet owners. Cat urine is the worst, but all pet smells are bad. Bring in an honest neighbor to tell you if your home smells.
- Do not try to mask the smell with air fresheners. People with allergies will react.
- Hire professionals and then keep enzyme cleaners such as Simple Solution, Nature’s Miracle around for in between messes.
- The only way to remove some cat urine is to remove the carpet and use shellac on the wood underneath. We once bought a house to flip and I needed to shellac all the floors AND go in the basement and spray shellac all the ceiling joists before I could get rid of the cat odor!
Remove Signs of a Pet When Selling your Home
Do not put photos online showing your pet asleep on the bed
Seal up doggie doors — or better yet, replace the door with a new solid door.
Put away food and water bowls when there are showings
Vacuum every day, sometimes twice a day
Pick up pet toys, box them up and put them away
Pack up cat trees and other signs of cat paraphernalia (you know who you are)
Remove any furniture that shows signs of cat or dog scratching
Remove photos of pets from refrigerator, walls and table tops
Pack up all cages, carriers and other tell-tale signs
Showing Your House When you Have a Pet
Bring your pets to a neighbor or put your pets into a carrier. Be sure to tape on a note that warns the buyer prospects not to disturb them. We don’t want any scratching or biting.
Remember this, we love pets too. We just have years of experience with buyer prospects and seller clients. Pets can easily turn buyers away. Do what you can to make that a positive.
Thanks for reading!
Your Kalamazoo neighbors and expert home team
David Veenstra, REALTOR
Jason Veenstra, REALTOR
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