5 Things Pet Owners Should Do Before Putting Their House On the Market

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Real Estate Agent with Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker WV0026375
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Five things pet owners should knowPets are man’s best friend, but when it comes to selling a house, these best friends may not mesh well with potential buyers. Some people could have allergies, while others might just be afraid of animals. Best-case scenario? Even if potential buyers love pets, your house might still smell like them. Once your house is on the market, it’s important to stage your home and make it look impeccable. Here are some tips on how to sell your home as a pet-owner.

 

 

1. Give your pet a vacation

 

It’s not ideal having to part ways from your pet, but putting your pet in a safe place to stay while you clean and stage your house for potential buyers is the best option. Look at it this way: when you’re looking at a new home, you likely want to envision your own life there and all the things you’ll do in it. It’s a lot harder to imagine a future when there are pets getting underfoot. You should either find a trusted friend or family member to watch your pets for a temporary period of time, or put your pet in a kennel.

 

2. Do a day trip

 

If you can’t bear to be apart from your pet for too long (and we can’t say we blame you), then consider just putting your pet out of the house for the day. Utilize the aforementioned options, like putting your pet in a kennel or ask a trusted loved one to watch your pet. According to Vet Street, you should make sure that the person you ask for an informal pet sitting is reliable and won’t flake. You can’t afford to have these lovable creatures neglected while you’re participating in a high-stress activity like trying to sell your house.

 

 

 

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3. Clean that house

 

Consider getting your house professionally cleaned. You can hire a professional for different aspects, such as steaming the carpets or treating for pests. A professional will clean areas you might not have even thought of and will have the right kind of chemicals that can clean particularly stubborn spots. If you don’t want to go professional and save money, enlist the help of family and friends and go all-out on DIY. Research which chemicals and cleansers are best for your house and environment and take a couple of days to clean as thoroughly as possible. Make sure your pets are somewhere safe while you do this.

 

4. Have someone go through it before listing it

 

After you’re finished cleaning, find someone who hasn’t been in your house in the last 48 hours to go through it and examine it. U.S. News recommends having a neutral person utilize all their senses and make sure the house is presentable. They’ll notice things you might have forgotten about and can repair before officially listing.

 

5. Stage your house for buyers

 

Even though you are used to your house, you should try to improve upon it and highlight its best assets. If your house has a tendency to be dark, open your curtains and add lamps to lighten the atmosphere. Throw out or give away clutter. If you have things lying around, find a place for them. Make your house look spacious. Add curb appeal by planting flowers and caring for the lawn. Retouch the trim on your house as well and update the look. By cleaning your house and giving your pets an extended holiday, you’ll be able to increase your chances of selling. It’s not ideal to have to put your pet out of the house while you work on improvements and marketing it, but it’s your best chance for selling. Your pets will be just fine as long as you give them plenty of attention and affection.

 

 

 

 

Article provided by Medina at DogEtiquette.info. 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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John Wiley
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I have seen 2 specific things that will stop buyers at the door.

Cigarette smoke and pet odor.

These can be eliminated, and should be. 

Remind the seller their goal is to sell the house, then do what it takes to get it sold at the best price.

Thanks for a good post.

Jun 15, 2018 06:28 AM #29
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Rebecca, this is a great list for pet owners trying to sell their homes!

Jun 15, 2018 10:29 AM #30
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Hi Rebecca- excellent tips for pet owners!  And I so agree...have a third party come in to give it the sniff test. When we live in our homes, we become immune to pet odors. 

Jun 15, 2018 05:53 PM #31
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Claude Labbe - I hate showing houses especially when you open the front door and the odor from pets almost knocks you down.

Jun 15, 2018 06:22 PM #32
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Laura Cerrano, thanks for stopping by. I agee daytrips with the pets are a smart idea when your home is on the market and a buyer wants to see the home.

Jun 15, 2018 06:23 PM #33
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson and Dorie Dillard - I agree using sniffers (friends, family, etc) to check the house out it a great idea. 

Jun 15, 2018 06:25 PM #34
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Sharon Kowitz , so glad they are listening to you about the pet smell. 

Jun 15, 2018 06:26 PM #35
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Joy Daniels, pets are definitely a distraction and should be removed from the house when there is  a showing. 

Jun 15, 2018 06:28 PM #36
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Scott Godzyk, the nose knows :) 

Jun 15, 2018 06:30 PM #37
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Margaret Goss, I agree as this can be so disruptive for our pets. 

Jun 15, 2018 06:31 PM #38
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Hannah Williams thank you!!

Jun 15, 2018 06:33 PM #39
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Bruce Kunz - yes stressful for the entire family including our pets.

Jun 15, 2018 06:33 PM #40
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Thanks, Capt. Bob & Kelly Davies 

Jun 15, 2018 06:34 PM #41
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Jeff Dowler, CRS - yes a BIG challenge.

Jun 15, 2018 06:35 PM #42
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The key to selling is to keep the buyer focused on their opportunity void of any adverse distractions. While pets should be temporarily removed, there are much more important issues or distractions that are much more critical, wouldn't you agree? 

Jun 15, 2018 09:48 PM #43
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Kimo Jarrett - While pets should be temporarily removed, there are much more important issues or distractions that are much more critical, wouldn't you agree? most definitely

Jun 16, 2018 09:34 AM #44
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Rebecca, great tips and so many homeowners have a pet, your tips will help anyone to prepare their home properly.

Jun 17, 2018 03:24 PM #45
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Joan Cox - thanks for stopping by and for your support here in the Rain.

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Rebecca, I hope pet owners will read this post. Thank you for sharing.

Jun 19, 2018 04:30 AM #47
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Thanks, Gita Bantwal 

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