You love your pets. They’re a member of your family. But unfortunately, pets can become a problem when you’re selling your home. Some buyers may suffer from allergies and not be interested in a home full of pet hair. Dogs have an odor that can be unpleasant for some buyers, and what do you do with pets during a showing? Don’t worry, here are a few easy tips for taking care of your furry friends even when you’re trying to sell your house:
- If possible, remove the pet from the home while it’s on the market. Yes, this will probably be unpleasant for both you and them, but if you’re serious about selling your home quickly, it may be the best option. If you can, leave the pet with family or friends, or consider boarding or kenneling.
- If you must keep the pet at home, realize it’s going to mean a lot more cleaning. Even the neatest cat or dog can create a lot of mess with fur, litter boxes and paw prints. Before every showing, make sure the cat box is clean and any stray litter is swept up. Keep air fresheners nearby.
- When possible, take your pet with you when you leave the house for a showing. Your pets being in the home during showings can cause a few problems. First, it makes it more difficult for people to imagine their own families and pets living there. Second, strange people in the house might make your pets nervous, and they might frighten your prospective buyers with growling or other aggressive behavior. If you absolutely can’t take the pets out of the home for showings, leave them in a carrier or crate with a note that they shouldn’t be disturbed. The last thing you want is for a seller to try to pet Fido and wind up with more than they bargained for!
- Be honest about your pets. Don’t try to fool buyers and tell them it’s a pet-free household when it’s not. The truth will come out sooner or later, and you don’t want your buyers wondering what else you fudged the truth on.
Selling your house can be stressful for both you and your pets, but with a little forethought, you both can get through it and be on your way to your dream home. For more advice, call Dan Baldini, an experienced Indianapolis real estate agent.