When the time comes to sell the house, many pet owners are left wondering what to do about their furry friend. Will buyers purchase a home formerly occupied by an animal? What can home buyers do to make their house marketable for animal and non-animal lovers? These tips can help.
Repair Pet Damage
Some pets are destructive, often unintentionally. This damage needs to be repaired before the first showing. Homes that have a distinctive pet odor can be freshened up if they're aired out properly. This usually involves deodorizing carpet and upholstery and then opening the windows to let in fresh air.
Scratches left behind by the pet, either on floors, walls or doorways, should be repainted or refinished. Even furniture that shows scratches should be replaced with furniture that isn't.
Downplay the Pet Presence
The best way to present a house where a pet lives is to downplay the presence of the pet so that only attractive reminders remain. For example, the food and water dish tend to be messy accessories that can be hidden away before a buyer comes to the house. Toys too should be put in a bin where they are out of sight. However, a leather leash that is in good condition left hanging casually by the door is a subtle reminder that the house is an inclusive, pet-friendly space. Similarly, a cookie jar of pet treats left on the counter will serve the same purpose.
Home sellers must remove any pet feces from the yard, and clean any litter boxes before the buyers come to the house. It's also important to vacuum and deep clean thoroughly before the house is seen by buyers, as some buyers may have allergies.
Keep Pets Away During Showings
Pets themselves can be a distraction (or even a liability) during showings. Leaving the dog in the backyard is not enough, as this could leave buyers feeling like they should stay away from the property's green space. If the showing is going to be short, it's probably enough just to go on a walk around the neighborhood with the pet. For an open house, buyers can send their pets to be with relatives or friends.
Work With Your Real Estate Agent
A good real estate agent can work with pet owners to ensure that their Eagle Ridge home is in good condition for a sale. If you're a pet owner who would like to sell your house, work with a real estate professional to make your house ready to list. To get started, contact an experienced real estate agent today.