While we love all of our furry friends, they can cause damage that may be off-putting to others. This can be especially difficult when trying to stage your home. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can show your pet-friendly home to others in a positive light. Here are a few tips that you can follow to make your pet-friendly home more appealing to potential buyers.
Take Care Of Their Waste
Make sure that your yard and litter box are cleaned up before anyone comes in for a showing. This will help to create a clean atmosphere for your potential buyer. It’s also a good precaution to take in case your prospect does not have any pets. The last thing you want is for them to go into your beautiful home or explore your backyard and be offended by the sight and smell of something unseemly.
Cover Any Holes
Homeowners with dogs know that they like to dig up the yard and bury a few bones. Make sure to have all the holes filled prior to showing your home. The best way to ensure that you haven’t missed any is to start on the outside of your yard and walk in a circle towards the center.
Repair Your Fence
If you have a porch or fence, check for any signs of chewing or scratch marks. Depending on the extent of the damage, you might be able to repair it yourself. Otherwise, call your local handyman to help you out. Remember to take care of your yard in general as it is just as important as the inside of the house for many buyers.
Hide The Evidence
Go through each room in your house and pick up all the pet toys, beds, and litter boxes and place them out of site. Some realtors even suggest putting away pictures of your furry friend. Next, make sure to remove any pet odors from your home. Hide the litter boxes and put them somewhere that potential buyers aren’t likely to see them. Ask a neighbor or friend to come over and do a sniff test for you. Check out these effective odor removal tactics from Pinterest if you need more help.
This might not be a realistic option for everyone, but if you can move your pets somewhere else while selling your home, go for it! Send them to stay with a friend or board them with a professional if you are able to. If your pet isn’t present, it will make it easier to keep your home clean and prepared for any unexpected showings.
Take Them Out During Showings
If you can’t have someone keep your pet for a little while, find other ways to get your four-legged friends out of the house during showings. Go for a walk, take a drive around your neighborhood, or go to the park! If you are unable to do any of these things, you might want to invest in a crate or pen. This is friendlier for your pet, as strangers and crowds can cause many animals stress. You also don’t want to be held responsible if a potential buyer gets bitten or scratched. Not only will this leave a bad impression, you might lose the sale and it can be a huge liability. Be sure to let buyers and real estate agents know ahead of time that there is a pet in the house.
You adore your pet, but not everyone is used to animals. Keep in mind that your potential buyer may not be a pet lover. You don’t want to risk losing the sale because of your furry friends. Getting ready to place your home on the market doesn’t have to be stressful if you own a pet. Follow some of these tips and the process will go smoothly. For more information on real estate in Chicago, go to the Chicago Real Estate Forum website.