Home Staging Tips-Is Your Home in the Doghouse?
Most of us are dog and cat lovers, but you won’t know if your buyers are. They could also have pet allergies or someone who is afraid of them. If they have very young children, the dogs or cats could become an unwanted distraction.
When you’re preparing your home for sale, don’t overlook those other residents of your household...your pets!
Follow these 6 tips when you are preparing your home for sale.
1.Borrow a good sniffer!
We all become immune to the scents of our home and you may not realize that your home has Eau de Fifi for a scent.
Ask your agent, neighbor, good friend or relative to be brutally honest with you about any odors your home may have.
2.Wash pet toys, beds, cages, etc often!
One of the best odor eliminators is that old stand-by vinegar.
3.Replace worn or stained carpets or rugs.
There are some odors that just won’t leave, no matter what you do. If this is the case you will need to replace them. And, even if there is no odor, but a stain, that will need to be removed as well.
4.Replace or repair other damages by Lucky.
Our dog was known to walk right through the screens on our patio. If your furry friend has done this, as well as gnawed on furniture and door frames, this is an item you will need to repair.
5.Get ALL of the odor out!
Upholstered chairs, window coverings, throw rugs...all trap odors. These all need to be thoroughly cleaned. And if you have carpeting, have it deodorized as well as cleaned.
6.Give Lucky baths...and often.
Bathe them often!
And when your home is being shown…
*Make sure you and your pets are not there.
You can do it! I picked up my 45 pound blind dog and put her in our SUV every time our home was being shown.
If you cannot be home, arrange for a dog walker or sitter to take your dog for a walk.
*Remove dog dishes, bowls, toys, kennels, and beds.
This can be distracting to buyers who will immediately focus on the “what if’s” and not the positives of your home.
*Vacuum before the showing
*Do not light candles and leave them burning for the showing.
This is not only dangerous but it can be as off-putting as Eau de Fifi! And, buyers are wise to this. No one is being fooled.
Finally…Make sure that your MLS photos are free of your pets.
You won’t want someone passing on your home before they’ve had a chance to see it.
Make the most of each showing by removing other pets...all pets (except goldfish!) One home I consulted on had their pet iguana in a cage in the family room; another had their pet turtle in a dish on the kitchen counter.
You’ve worked hard for the investment you have in your home. Don’t miss even one opportunity to show it in its best light.