Selling your home can be a stressful process for anyone in the family, including your pets. As the homeowner, you have to consider the best thing for your pets during this time.
Do you move the pets out for the house while it is on the market? How do you hide their toys and food dishes? Should you be concerned about pet odours or prospective buyers with allergies? Regardless of the answer to any of these questions, you want to ensure that the moving process is as stress-free as possible for those involved.
Relocate Your Pets
As painful as it is to be away from your pets for any amount of time, relocating your pets while your home is on the market can relieve a lot of stress for everyone involved. Ask friends or family to help with your pets while you sell your home, or maybe seek out a kennel nearby.
If you are having a hard time relocating your pets, due to the cost or a lack of options, then try to remove your pets during any open houses and during showings, if possible. This will allow the potential buyers to focus on the house, not on your pet being in the home, while they are there to view it.
If relocating your pet is not an option at all, here are some other tips to prepare your home for sale. These strategies will still be effective if your pets are still living in the home.
Remove Stains and Odours
When you have pets, it is important to prepare your home for sale by removing stains and odours as much as possible. Some good ways to remove odours include vacuuming daily, opening windows, and opening vents to air out your house.
Another way to easily get rid of pet odours is to have your carpets cleaned. Whether this is done professionally or you do it yourself, it is always a good idea. Not only will your carpet look like new, this is a highly effective way to remove any scents that may be trapped in the carpet.
If you have a litter box, the best option is to take the litter box outside or put it somewhere in the home where it is covered and hidden from any potential buyers. This is something that doesn’t always have to be done when your home is on the market, but it is something that we recommend when you have a showing or an open house on your property.
Don’t Forget the Yard
It is important that you clean up your yard and check for signs of any pets outside, as well as inside. The last thing you want is for a buyer to walk through your home or backyard and find any animal droppings.
For some buyers, the backyard is a major selling point, so it is a good idea to ensure that there are no holes in your yard from pets digging around. If there are, you should fix them in order to make your backyard as attractive as possible.
Showcase a Pet-Free Home
Whenever your home goes on the market, it is always recommended that homeowners remove any personal items from the home, in order to create a blank canvas for the potential buyer.
For pet owners, this also applies to their pets. It is important to remove all pet toys, food and water bowls, cages, and scratching posts. Even photos of your pets are not recommend to leave around your home, while it is on the market.
Remember that it’s not your home, it’s a buyer’s potential next home — and if that home has a pet in it is their decision.
If you’re a pet owner looking to prepare your home for sell, contact the Paula Mitchell Group today for help with staging.