You love your dog or cat; however, when listing your home for sale, many potential buyers will not be as enamored as you are. In fact, your pet might be the reason some buyers by-pass your home entirely and move to another, pet-free option.
The Problem Prospective Buyers Have with Pets
Many buyers will say there are two reasons that prevent them from touring homes with pets:
They are not comfortable around pets--especially dogs--and won’t enter a home that currently has one.
Your pet changes the way your home smells. Some buyers won't buy a house they feel has a pet odor.
The good news is that there are things you can do to ensure that your pet and prospective buyers are comfortable.
Relocate Your Pet You might not like the idea of living without your dog, but it's an option you may have to consider to sell your home.
If you have a friend or relative that is willing to provide a temporary home for your dog, consider their offer. In fact, it will be good for both your dog and prospective buyers. Your dog won’t have the stress of strange people coming and going and prospective buyers will be comfortable while in your house.
Create a Safe Place for Your Pet If providing your pup with a home away from home isn't an option, provide them with a secure place while prospective buyers tour your property. This can be a neighbor's house, an outdoor kennel or even an indoor crate. It’s important that your pet is comfortable in this area before prospective buyers start walking through your home.
Clean up After Your Pets First impressions are important during the home selling process. Before prospective buyers arrive, clean your home thoroughly. This includes:
Putting toys away
Cleaning litter boxes
Vacuuming pet hair
Laundering pet beds
Make sure your pet looks groomed and well-cared for.
Repair Pet Damage Go over your entire property and repair any damage your family pet has done. This includes:
Filling in holes they’ve dug in the yard
Replacing stained carpets
Repairing or removing damaged furniture
Repairing or replacing torn or chewed drapes/curtains/blinds
Consult Your Veterinarian Selling your home is stressful for you and your pets. It can take a toll on their health, particularly if they’re a senior pet or one that already struggles with health issues. Talk to your veterinarian about what you can do to make the process easier for your pet.
Throughout the entire process, make sure your pet knows that they’re still an important member of your family.