Are Pets Affecting Your Home Sale?

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 15 Aug, 2014
In the last J. Thompson Builder’s blog we discussed home staging, and our tips, do’s and don’ts. We briefly touched on the issue of smells in your home and how they affect a showing. Pets are a major cause of odors in a home, and while Fido may rule as your best friend, those looking […] The post Are Pets Affecting Your Home Sale? appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
In an interview with Fox Business , Coldwell Banker realtor Cara Ameer says, “The pet issue needs to be given some thought and consideration when you’re putting your home on the market; it’s an important piece of showing your home.” In the article Ameer brings up the issue of how pets can affect the selling price, saying, “Think whether having your pet in the home will take away from your ability to command getting top dollar for your property. Do you want buyers focusing on your home or worrying about your pets?”
Here are a few tips to lessen the affect your pets could have on the sale of your home:
Before a showing, remove any evidence you have a pet, including toys, bedding, litter boxes, food bowls AND the actual pet. You may have the nicest, cutest dog, but your potential buyer may have no interest in your pet. Some sellers think a simple solution is to keep their pet out of the way by placing the pet in a kennel or in a room, but most times a locked up pet is unhappy, and will make noise, distracting buyers.
Vacuum and sweep twice a day, every day, making sure not to skip corners and edges where hair often builds up. If your carpets are extremely dirty, or your pets have had accidents on them, hire a professional carpet cleaner. Use lint rollers to clean cloth furniture and other areas difficult to vacuum.
Keep smells under control. No matter how clean your pet is, they still carry odors. Use air fresheners throughout the home to mask the smell. Before a showing burn scented oils or a simple trick is to place a cinnamon stick in a pot of water on the stove and simmer it for awhile.
Establish a pre-showing cleaning routine. Sweep and vacuum. Spray your carpets and each room with an odor eliminator. Keep a blanket on the furniture your pets lay on so you can easily remove it and throw it in the washing machine, eliminating the presence of pet hair and odors.
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Photo Credit,  Les Chatfield

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