Any animal lover will tell you that pets are as much a part of the family as children or relatives. But not everyone shares that same enthusiasm for domestic animals and that could prove costly when it comes time to sell your home. Here are a few ideas for heading-off issues when showing a pet-friendly home to prospective buyers.
If a showing of your property is planned and you are uncertain how well having your pet around the place will be received, then, if possible, find someone who can pet-sit for you. Temporarily removing the pet from the property – even next door – could make all the difference when showing your property.
It’s also important to remove evidence of the pet as well as the pet itself. Seeing a dog bowl or scattered pet toys could be a major turn-off for some purchasers. This also includes vacuuming up pet hair from furniture and around the house before any showing. Obviously, for the temporary removal of a pet from the premises to work effectively you must know in advance when a home showing is going to occur, to provide enough time to take care of the details. Make a showing schedule and stick to it for maximum effectiveness.
Another aspect of owning a pet that might play a negative role when showing a property is odour. You as the pet lover may have become so used to the smell of a litterbox or damp dog that it doesn’t even register. That won’t be the case for someone who isn’t regularly exposed to animals. If possible, open the windows to give the home a thorough airing prior to a showing.