Pets are important family members too but with pets as with children comes the extra maintenance and care required to keep living spaces clean and odor free.
If you are wondering why your lovely home has been on the market for longer than expected consider that Fido and Kitty may be costing you more money than just food and visits to the vet.
One of the biggest turn offs for buyers touring homes are off putting smells. Wet dog and cat urine smells are many times not noticeable to those living in a space for a long time but is one of the first things that hits a prospective buyer when they cross your threshold. No amount of home staging, pretty furnishing and dining tables set to perfection will cover the fact that carpets or flooring may possibly need to replaced.
Furniture and bedding retain pet odors and dander. Walls accumulate dander as they do dust. If you have pets and are preparing you home for sale the most important thing for you to do is create a cleaning plan of action during your listing process. You must especially target areas where your cuddly critters spend the most time.
1. Keep your pets properly groomed more so than the norm during this time period. Give your little buddy a good regular brushing while watching TV, he'll probably love it!
2. Before you even list, deep clean. This means flooring, upholstery and bedding.
3. Vacuum religiously and I mean daily; especially in your pet's favorite lounging spots both flooring and furnishings.
4. Cat boxes should always remain out of doors and out of site during showings if at all possible. Ideally they should be kept outdoors during the entire listing process.
5. Consider boarding your pets or leaving them with a family or friend during the sales process or during showings. It's a temporary inconvenience but some buyers will totally bypass a home if pets are on the premises. They may fear animals or have allergies. You could be limiting your pool of buyers even in a strong market.
There are a variety of home remedies and cleaners available to combat pet odors but the odors may come back. In severe cases, pet odors and stains may have soaked through to the sub floors requiring total replacement of flooring. As a seller, this is the last thing you want a prospective buyer contemplating as they tour your spaces. Consult with a professional flooring cleaner to explore options available that remove stubborn odors or stains.
If you are a Realtor that just can't seem to convince your client to tackle the issue, call in a professional Home Stager. Hearing this advice from a third party will more often than not at least make them aware of the issue so that when he or she has been wondering why you have not sold their listing yet, you have an answer at the ready:)