Lets talk about pets and selling your home. If you love animals then you may be a pet owner. But can these furry little family members cost you a sale? You need to consider these issues regarding your pets and selling your home.
1.) Buyers may be frightened by your pets - A barking dog may back a buyer and/or realtor out of your home.
2.) Buyers may be allergic to pets - Many people are allergic to pet dander and may not be able to tour your home.
3.) Consider pet odor - When we live with pets we may not be able to smell odors that a buyer may smell. Odor can lose a sale very quickly.
4.) Pets may be distracting to buyers - If your buyer is a pet lover, they may become distracted from your home, and only remember the cute little dog and not your home.
5.) Have pets damaged your home or furnishings - Pet damage may indicate to buyers that a home is not "well maintained".
So how can sellers address these issues?
1.) If possible remove all pets. Make arrangements for your pets to stay with friends or family. If this is not possible then you at least want your pets to be absent during an open house and showings.
2.) Clear all traces of your pets when possible. Move toys, beds, and feeding dishes to a garage or outdoor area.
3.) Clean, clean and clean some more, have carpets and furniture professionally cleaned and deodorized.
4.) Repair any damage your pets may have caused to your home and replace or remove damaged furnishings.
Each family will need to consider what will work best for them and thier pets, but these issues are important to address when preparing your home to sell. Our pets are important to us, but don't let them cost you a buyer!
Remember this will be a temporary situation for you and your pets, you will soon be preparing a new home for everyone to enjoy.