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When you are selling your home, you will need to go through a process of staging – which is the art of arranging your home in a way so that it appeals to potential buyers. This can be a challenge for any home, but if you have pets the situation will be slightly more difficult. Many homeowners don’t realise this, but a house that is obviously lived in by pets can be unappealing for many buyers and this can reduce your home’s value.
You have probably gotten used to the little details, such as the odour and the scratch marks – but they will be noticed when a potential buyer enters your home – especially if they don’t have pets themselves. Also, some people are nervous or even downright scared around cats and dogs – so this can really make them feel uncomfortable when viewing your property.
Most top real estate agents know that in order to improve the look of your home and make sure that you get the highest price; you will need to properly stage the property to make it appear that no pets live there. So what are the problems that you will need to fix if you are a pet owner?
Relocate Your Pet When Showing Your Property
When you are showing off your property to a potential buyer, it is important to relocate your pet somewhere else. Ask a friend or a relative to care for your animal friend or board them at a kennel so that they are off the property.
Holes Dug in the Yard
It’s a natural instinct for dogs to dig holes and bury their treasures, so there is a good chance that your canine friend has dug a few holes in your garden or backyard so that they can hide a chew toy or a bone. Take a look around your property for holes and make sure that you fill them in before you show the property to any potential buyers. Not only are they unsightly, they could also be a tripping hazard.
If you want to stop your dog from digging the holes again, you can fill them with rocks or bricks and then place dirt overtop. Also, give your furry companion lots of exercise every day so that they don’t get restless and end up digging.
Get Ridding of Hair
Another major issue when staging a home with pets is the hair. Many people have allergies to animal fur, which will cause them to start sneezing like crazy when they enter your home. This will really turn them off of your property and if the allergies are really bad – they might have to leave the home viewing early! Make sure that you take the time to get rid of all hair, using a very strong vacuum to get rid of every last trace. It is also a good idea to use some of the sticky sheets that are designed to lift cat or dog hair from your sofas and chairs. Also, don’t forget about your drapes – they can also hold cat or dog hair and odours.
Cat Litter Boxes
Nothing turns buyers off more than the pungent smell of a soiled kitty litter box. You are probably used to it, so the litter box likely smells more than you realise. Make sure that you keep the litter box out of sight and keep it as clean as possible. If your cat is staying at a friend’s house while you show off your home, see if you can send the litter box with them to remove it completely.
Carpet and Upholstery Stains
When you own a pet, it is inevitable that they will have the occasional accident and mess up your rug or your sofa. If there are any pet related stains in your home, make sure that they are cleaned by a carpet cleaning professional. This will help to get that “pet odour” out of the fabric or the carpet fibres, which tends to stick around and be very hard to get rid of. If you simply can’t remove a pet stain from your carpet – it might even be worth replacing the flooring.
Although you love your furry friend very much, there is no guarantee that the potential buyer of your home will – so follow these tips to ensure that your property appears pet-free.
Kelly Rossi has two dogs and a long haired cat – so she had a lot of cleaning to do when she sold her home recently. Fortunately, she had a friend who could keep her furry friends at their house while her home was on the market.