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Paws and Property: Selling Tips for Pet-Owners

Monday, 23rd October, 2023 // Tips & Advice

Embarking on the journey of selling your home is both exciting and stressful, particularly when cherished furry companions share your life. At Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, we understand the unique considerations that come with showcasing your home while ensuring the comfort and safety of your four-legged friends. In this article, we’ll share invaluable tips to help you navigate the home-selling process smoothly, making it a positive experience for both you and your beloved pets.

1. Preparing for Prospects and Pets 

When preparing your home for sale, you want to create an environment that appeals to potential buyers while making your pets feel at ease. Start by decluttering and deep-cleaning your space. This not only enhances your home’s appeal but also eliminates any lingering pet odors or stains that might deter potential buyers.

During showings or open houses, it’s best to temporarily relocate your pets. This eliminates the risk of unexpected interactions between your pets and potential buyers. Nonetheless, we acknowledge that this might pose challenges, especially in situations involving last-minute open houses or extended viewing periods when you have potential buyers interested. It’s always important to have a well-thought-out contingency plan in place for your pets in advance, ensuring you’re fully equipped for such scenarios if they arise. This proactive approach will not only grant you peace of mind but also alleviate any undue stress!.

2. Scent and Sensibility

Pets come with their unique smells, and even the most well-maintained homes can develop pet odors over time. Prior to showing your home, ensure carpets, upholstery and pet bedding are freshly cleaned. Opt for air purifiers to help maintain a neutral and inviting atmosphere. Baking soda can work wonders to absorb lingering odours.

3. Create a Tail-Wagging First Impression

While your pets may be an integral part of your family, potential buyers need to envision the space as their own. During the selling process, consider storing away pet toys, beds, and food dishes when not in use. 

Inspect your home for any damage caused by your pets. Scratched furniture, chewed skirting boards, or stained carpets should be repaired or replaced. Investing in these touch-ups can significantly enhance the visual appeal of your property

Don’t forget the first impression of your home starts from the outside. Ensure your yard is clean and well-maintained, paying attention to any areas that may have been affected by your pets. Repair any visible damage and regularly clean up after your pets to maintain a welcoming exterior.

Selling your home when you have pets doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following these tips and keeping the best interests of your furry friends in mind, you can successfully navigate the home-selling process while ensuring a positive experience for everyone involved. The experienced team at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate are here to help you through every step of your real estate journey. Find your local Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Agent here.

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