Most households in America have some sort of pet. Whether it’s a classic cat or dog or something a little more exotic like a parrot or gecko, there are a lot of pets out there. Selling a home with pets can be difficult, because some people are afraid of buying a home, especially in a sellers market, due to damage that a pet could potentially cause. Homeowners with pets can take action to help make their home appealing to even the pickiest buyers, without resorting to any drastic measures. Here are some strategies to use when preparing a home with pets for sale.
Repair Pet Damage
Even the most well-behaved pets can damage a home. While homeowners may not see it as such, pet hair on the carpet or strong smells from an animal’s natural odors can put off some buyers. Homeowners should take care to find these sorts of things and fix them before a home showing. And for bigger damages such as scratched or stained floors and dead grass outside, the same thing goes. Before even taking photos, try to repair all visible damage to make the home look like it’s in its best condition. This can help attract buyers—and it’s always a good idea to repair damage in the home, whether it’s pet-related or not.
Relocate Pets While Showing the Home
There are many reasons that homeowners should remove their pet from the home during showings that are beneficial to both the guests as well as the pets themselves. Here are some of them:
- Reduces the stress the pet is under, especially if the pet is nervous around strangers
- Ensures the pet will stay safe if it’s exposed to young children who may want to play with it
- Prevents the pet from escaping if a door accidentally gets left open
- Keeps guests safe in case a stressed pet snaps at them
For places to take a pet during showings, try asking a friend, neighbor, or family member to look after the pet for a short time. Or, if there are going to be a lot of showings in a short timespan, a kennel can work, too.
Hide the Pet’s Things
Some buyers don’t like seeing any sort of sign that a pet lives in the home. Before a showing, go through the home and collect the pet’s toys and things like bowls, treats, beds, leashes, and so on. They can be put in a bag or a box and put away in a closet temporarily until the showings are over. This can also help declutter a home and make it look cleaner, so it serves dual purposes.
Deep Clean the Home
Pets have a tendency to leave dirt and dander that homeowners can’t see all over a home. If someone with allergies comes into the home, it could affect them. In preparation for showings, be sure to go through the home and clean as much as possible. Vacuum the floors and the pet’s favorite spots to spend time, wash windows, and use an air freshener or purifier if an area has a noticeable smell. This can help make buyers more comfortable in the home and increase the chances of a successful showing.
Selling a Lenexa home with pets can potentially be more difficult than selling a home would be otherwise. However, homeowners can help improve their chances of successful home showings if they keep these tips in mind and do their best to follow them.