Does Your Glenview Home Harbor Pet Odors and Flying Fur?

Real Estate Agent with The Marla Schneider Team



Give That Dog a Bath!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.







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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Maria, good tips for keeping the pet hair and odors down when selling a home.

Oct 04, 2012 10:31 PM #1
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

This may shock some people...a lot of people...But pets were not meant to live indoors. That is mans version how it should go. When they do try to live a human like existence, their hygiene is no different and requires daily grooming too

Oct 04, 2012 11:09 PM #2
Tamara Inzunza
RE/MAX Executives - Alexandria, VA
Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living

With more and more people having pets, it's so important for sellers to understand this when putting their home on the market.  There are still so many buyers who are allergic or simply do not want any house that has any signs of animals.  I know, because I get them all the time.  Show off your home, not your pet!

Oct 04, 2012 11:09 PM #3
Vanessa Saunders
Global Property Systems Real Estate - White Plains, NY
From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York

It's hard to convey this critical point to some pet owners. They, "get used' to their own pet's odor and are often surprised and even offended when you tell them the truth about how their house smells.

To my knowledge, there is no easy way to have this conversation, but have it you must!


Oct 04, 2012 11:57 PM #4
Jacinda Shedd
Jack of Administrative Trades - Columbus, GA

Great article!!  We just boght a home and our furry loved ones found a cozy new home in the GARAGE...and the backyard ofcourse!

Oct 05, 2012 12:02 AM #5
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

These are helpful hints that all sellers should remember when listing their home for sale.  For actual showings, yes, the pet SHOULD be removed from the house :-))

Oct 05, 2012 02:10 AM #6
Shane Barker
Amerifirst Financial, INC. - Salt Lake City, UT

Great tips!  I'm going to use these for my own pet.

Oct 05, 2012 03:39 AM #7
Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

I did have a listing that showed really really bad due to dog hair and smoke, thank goodness, they followed these tips and put in new carpet.

Oct 05, 2012 07:37 AM #8
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Good advice for sellers who have pets.  Nothing is more of putting than walking into a lovely house and being smacked with pet smells. 

Oct 05, 2012 02:48 PM #9
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Marla - You've given some great advice for sellers and also for the rest of us who live with our beloved puppies.

Oct 05, 2012 04:13 PM #10
Marla Schneider
The Marla Schneider Team - Glenview, IL
Move with Marla

Pets can become like family, and some people don't want to think that their pets are offensive to others. But homes need to be free from pet hair and odor, especially when they're on the market! Thank you, everyone, for all your great comments.

Oct 07, 2012 08:38 AM #11
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

I'm working with a client now who has two dogs, and yes, it smells. I will tactfully remind her to keep those puppies clean!

Mar 26, 2014 12:09 AM #12
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