When you're selling your Glenview home, there are so many things you want to have just right. One of those things is how your house smells to homebuyers. If you have dogs, you may worry that you also have pet odors or flying fur in your home.
According to the American Pet Products Association, 62 percent of U.S. households--that figures out to 71.4 million homes--are home to some sort of pet. Of those homes, 45.6 million house 77.5 million dogs. That's a lot of potential doggy odor!
So, here are a few tips to keep your pet-loving home smelling sweet and fur-free for prospective home buyers:
1. Brushing: Frequent grooming of your four-legged friends is a great beginning to keeping pet odors and messy hair at bay. Try to brush your dog every day for at least five minutes. This will help eliminate flying fur, and your dog will wish he could purr so you know how much he loves the brushing.
2. Bathing: Washing your dog's bedding and bathing the dog frequently will help get rid of those aromatic reminders that a dog lives in the house.
3. Vacuuming: If your house has carpeting, be sure to vacuum frequently to remove dog hair and doggy smells. There are new vacuums on the market these days that specialize in picking up fur. They include Dyson's Animal, Bissell's Pet Hair Eraser and iRobot's Roomba Pet Series Robotic Vac.
Before you vacuum, you may want to consider lightly sprinkling baking soda or a commercial dog-odor eliminator from your local grocery or pet store on the carpeting. Wait a few minutes and then vacuum up what you sprinkled. Just don't over-sprinkle as you don't want people to think you're trying to cover up odors.
4. Removing: No, not removing the dog, although I suppose that would work too! What I'm talking about is removing dog hair from the furniture. A lint roller works wonders with this. You may also just want to keep the dogs off your beds and other furniture to eliminate this problem before it begins.
Once you feel that your Glenview home is ready to sell, give The Marla Schneider Team a call at 847-657-3790, or contact us online. We're the expert Realtors® in Glenview, Wilmette, Northbrook and on the North Shore.