We love our pets, don’t we? For many people, pets are a part of the family. They share our homes, our yards, and sometimes our beds. We love them while we can, and mourn them when they pass.
But that’s our pets.
Rarely do we feel the same warmth and affection for someone else’s pets. And there are actually folks out there who (gasp!) dislike all pets… or at least the kind of pets that live inside.
So what do you do as a homeowner – and potential home seller – if you want to sell your (and your pet’s) home to someone who won’t love them, and may not even like them? We’ve got some tips, via AOL Finance! (All images courtesy of Pinterest.)
Undo Their Hard Work
“Preventing your pets from damaging your property can be difficult. A dog doesn’t understand that digging holes in the backyard could destroy your landscape. And a cat doesn’t know that using your front door as a scratching post could be an issue.”
You’re unlikely to convince your buyers that chew marks on the closet door are an aesthetic upgrade, and you certainly won’t sell them on Fido’s backyard obstacle course. Repair the evidence from any and all adventures, and take precautions to keep your pet from putting things back the way they like it.
De-Hair the Lair
Animals shed. There’s no getting around it. (Unless of course, you happen to own one of those hairless cats. If you do, feel free to skip along to the next tip.)
Not only will pet hair make the viewings and open house less comfortable for your potential buyers, no one wants to spend their first days in their new home trying to get rid of the fur from pets past.
Deodorize It, Too
Animals don’t just shed… they smell. Now, that’s not to say your pets stink. But all animals give off an odor, and their owners have become accustomed. Also, their occasional accidents have a lingering aroma which will smell stronger and fresher to visitors.
“Thoroughly cleaning your home with enzyme-based cleaning products is one way to remove odors. It’s a good idea to pay close attention to carpets, bedding and upholstered furniture, since it can be tough to eliminate odors from those kinds of items.”
Clear the Clutter
Pets, like their owners, tend to accumulate stuff. From toys to bowls, from beds to litter baskets, the items which are necessary to pets and their owners are clutter to someone else. Clean it up, put it away, make it as non-invasive as possible.
Oh, and if you have one of these…
Take it down. We’re sure she loves it, but to a potential buyer who is not a cat person, this is an eyesore. Put it in storage, and Fluffy can enjoy it in her new home when you get there.
And, finally… Poof Your Pet!
“Having strangers coming in and out of your house can be stressful for pets and it may cause them to act in ways that they normally wouldn’t. The last thing you need is for your dog or cat to become aggressive when you’re trying to show your home to a buyer.”
Be prepared to crate your pet for viewings or open houses. Even if they’re not aggressive, their presence will be intrusive. You could also check with a friendly neighbor about your pet hanging out at their house when you have buyers over. If nothing else, you may consider boarding them, just until the showing process is over.