We love our pets. But when it’s time to sell your home, it can be more challenging as a pet owner because living with pets can reduce your home’s value. We are at Broadpoint Properties care so much for our furry friends and we’re here to help. If you’re worried that your fur baby may cause your property to not sell as well as you’d like, there are things you can do to prepare your home as a pet owner.
- Repair Damages
Any pet damage is never attractive when selling your home. So you need to check the floors, carpets, walls, doors and the yard for any chewing or digging damage. These repairs are necessary and are a good investment that will pay for itself.
- Erase Evidence of Your Pet for Potential Buyers.
You may also need to put away their stuff – cage, bowls, toys, etc. This also applies when having your property photographed. A home buyer may be turned off when they see a kitty litter lurking in your listing photo.
- Deodorize and Deep Clean
Pet owners are less sensitive to odors in their home. Ideally, have your home professionally cleaned. Masking odors with air fresheners or scented candles are a no-no, as they can be ineffective and can only add-up to the pet odor. Not sure if the smell is still there, have a friend come over and give a sniff assessment.
- Relocate them during showings
Some are scared or allergic to animals. Also, it’s hard to focus on the features of the house when your little pup is barking. So it is recommended to take your pet out during showings.
If you are thinking of selling and are worried about how pets will impact your home’s value or how well your home will appear to others, contact one of the professional agents at Broadpoint Properties for a free property prep consultation.