Pet Proposals, When Selling Your Home...
Did you realize that 6 out of 10 U.S. households have pets? That means that those without critter companions are in the minority, but if you’re a pet owner selling your home, you shouldn't ignore the perceptions of those families that don't include cats or dogs.
Odors are the biggest issue. This isn't to say that your housekeeping is remiss, but remember that some buyers who visit your home may experience allergies or be particularly sensitive to pet dander or odors. Just vacuum the floors and furniture frequently and use an air sanitizer.
During the early stages of your listing, you'll likely experience more frequent showings and visits by buyers. This is a particularly good time to make arrangements to board your pet, or seek out a good "doggie day care" center for quick visits during showings. This may be safer and less stressful for your pet than a constant parade of strangers in your home, and may put buyers more at ease as well.
In any case, be sure to pick up toys, bowls, and bedding in advance of a showing, just as you would tidy up the children's things and other rooms throughout the house before buyers visit. A particularly attractive gesture would be to offer a cleaning allowance, no matter how scrupulously you maintain your home. This should quiet any potential objections.
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