When selling your house, having pets presents some challenges. Your fur babies are a beloved part of your family. But it’s important to realize that not everyone feels comfortable around animals. Per a 2017 report put out by the National Association of Realtors, pet ownership has a “moderate to major impact” when selling a home. So, it is vital that you consider the impact a pet may have on the bottom line when selling your home.
Some potential buyers may be perfectly fine with pets in the home, but for others, it might be a deal breaker. They might not ever walk through your front door if they know there are animals inside. Pets make some people very nervous, and others may have a fear of animals. In addition, keep in mind that your pets are not their pets. Even if they are pet owners and animal lovers, they don’t know your pets or what you allow them to do. At the very least, you should do your best to remove your pets from the house during open houses and when your home is being shown. That means having a plan for those last-minute home showings.
It’s also a good idea to remove all signs of your pet from the home when it is being shown. You want your home to look and feel as appealing as possible to homebuyers. Cat litter boxes should be clean and kept out of sight. If your carpets have pet stains, hire professionals to get rid of them. Replace them if necessary. And be hyper aware of pet odors. Because you live with them, you likely don’t smell them. Have a neighbor come in and do a sniff test…and tell them to be honest if they smell pet odors. If eau de doggy (or kitty) is present, try enzyme cleaners such as Simple Solution or Nature’s Miracle to get rid of it. Put away food and water bowls when not in use and hide pet paraphernalia such as toys, kitty condos, leashes, animal beds etc. Most importantly, vacuum religiously. Every day. Sometimes twice a day.
Remember that whatever steps you take to “de-pet” your home are temporary. The sooner your house sells, the sooner you will be reunited with your precious pets and life with them will go back to normal.