Selling your home is a major life decision affecting all members of the family, including your beloved pets. According to the 2012 US Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, 36.5% of households own dogs and 30.4% own cats.
While your furry friends are considered part of the family, owning pets can significantly reduce a home’s value. Removing evidence of pet occupancy will help preserve value and increase the selling potential of your home.
Here are 12 tips to help sell your home when you have pets:
- Speak with your veterinarian about what’s appropriate for your pets during this time.
- Consider relocating your pet while your home is on the market. Placing pets in a stable home environment may be the best way to keep them happy and healthy.
- Don’t leave pets at home during showings. Too many risks are involved keeping pets at home without you present.
- Remove pet odor using an enzymatic cleaner such as Urine Gone or Nature’s Miracle. Don’t go overboard with room sprays or plug-in scent diffusers.
- Hire a professional to remove stains and damaged flooring.
- Remove litter boxes and vacuum up every bit of litter.
- Put pet food, bowls, cat “condos”, scratching posts, and pet toys away.
- Remove all pet photos along with personal photos.
- Make sure pets haven’t “photo-bombed” marketing photos.
- Clean up the yard!
- Repair holes and patches of dead grass. Hire a landscaper to spruce up the yard.
- Ensure there are no fleas in the home. If your pet ever had fleas, so did your house. Hire a professional pest inspector to assess your home.
Follow these 12 simple and effective tips to increase your home’s selling potential and keep your pets happy and healthy.
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