4 Tips for Selling Homes with Pets that Won’t Put You in the Doghouse
Selling a home is stressful enough for home owners, but
selling a home with pets can be even more stressful. In addition to the usual concerns home owners have, clients with pets also have to consider if they should move their animals out while the home is for sale, how much it will cost to repair any pet-related damage and if pet odor will deter potential buyers.
Unfortunately for pet owners, the truth is that pets can turn away potential buyers and even lower the perceived value of their home if they are not addressed prior to listing. However, when properly prepared, homes with pets can be cleaned and staged in a way that makes the existence of the pets almost undetectable.
1. Eliminate Pet Odor
Our sense of smell has a powerful effect on our emotions and on our perception. The scent of pet odor in a house is sure to stick in a potential buyer’s mind, and this will likely cause them to deduct the cost of carpet replacement from their offer. Even worse, if a buyer walks in the home and smells a dirty cat litter box or soiled carpet, they might not even proceed with the tour. To eliminate pet odor and keep potential buyers moving through the home, consider the following:
If not replacing carpet, have it professionally steam cleaned. Don’t forget to also clean upholstered furniture and area rugs. Any surface that holds in pet odor should be cleaned, replaced or removed.
Weather permitting, advise clients to open windows for a few days leading up to showings to help air out the home.
Be cautious when using air fresheners. You don’t want buyers to be blasted with the smell of artificial flowers that scream the seller is hiding an odor. Some fresh flowers can not only help with fragrance, but also add to the home
staging. Also consider air neutralizers and odor absorbing products. Rather than masking the smell, these items actually absorb odor and neutralize the air.
Consider placing an air purifier in the pet’s main living area to filter the air.
Replace air filters that might have trapped pet dander and odor.
2. Repair Pet-Related Damage to Home and Yard
Over-seed the yard or patch lawn areas to repair brown spots.
Fill in holes created by canine gardeners. Not only are they unsightly, they can be potentially dangerous if someone were to trip in it.
If doors and/or window screens have been damaged and scratched, replace them.
Clean pet hair from hard-to-reach places such as behind appliances and behind doors.
If wood or laminate flooring is scratched beyond repair, consider repairing the floor. This might be a large investment up front, but it can yield great results at sale.
3. Consider that potential buyers might be afraid of animals.
For pets that are not already crate trained, it can take time for them to enjoy being in the crate. This is not only essential for the safety of potential buyers, but it also protects animals from getting out of the house, getting hurt, or causing harm to others.
4. Speaking of stress, animals can experience anxiety from having a lot of strange foot traffic in their home.
Potential buyers might be distracted by a stressed pet and a nervous barking. Speak to a veterinarian to get a product recommendation to help their pets cope with this stressful event. National pet stores sell items such as plugins that release stress calming pheromones. The plugins do not emit any scent and can last up to three months. The pheromones released are only detected by the animals and will not affect humans.
FIVE HOME-STAGING TIPS TO SELL QUICKLY!
Jan 10, 2018
There are two rules when it comes to selling a home: price it well and make it look amazing. In the National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Profile of Home Staging, 62 percent of sellers say that home staging decreases the time a home is on the market. In the same report, 44 percent of buyer agents reported that staging a home increases its value by up to 10 percent.
#1: Enhance Curb Appeal
In Felicity’s experience, buyers won’t want to go inside a home if they don’t like what they see from the car. Create a good first impression by power-washing siding, walkways and windows, and repainting or staining the deck. In the winter months, remove snow and ice from the driveway; in the springtime, mow the lawn and plant flowers. Consider a new front door and doormat, as well as a potted plant on the porch.
#2: Make it sparkle
Dust surfaces, polish floors and shine the windows. “I think this is a really inexpensive way to make your home look its best,” Felicity says.
This includes removing unnecessary furniture because each piece “needs room to breathe,” Felicity says. Clear floors and surfaces to create the feeling of more space. Tidy closets, leaving 20 to 30 percent of open room and adequate storage – a common top requirement on buyers’ priority lists.
#4: Clean, comfortable, contemporary and fresh
According to Felicity, furniture and accessories should be all of these things. Choose a few large and colorful focal points. For darker homes, use materials like chrome, silver and crystal to give the illusion of space and light. “And also,” she says, “fresh flowers can bring a space to life and add a feeling of occupation.”
Felicity stresses the importance of removing family photos, hunting trophies and celebrity or political fanfare. “If you have a photograph with a top Republican leader and the person looking at your home is a Democrat, they might not see themselves living in your home as readily.”
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