REALTOR Magazine posted a great article online today titled, Seven Ways to Get Rid of Pet Odors. One item they left off, that I've heard rave reviews about, is Nature's Miracle, to remove smells from pet accidents. Nature's Miracle is readily available in most pet stores.
When selling your home, it is imperative to remove any and all odors, including those pesky pet odors. Pet bedding should be washed frequently. Litter boxes should be cleaned at least daily, if not throughout each day. If a pet has been having "accidents" on your carpets, it may be best to replace the carpeting prior to your home going on the market - this is the only sure-fire way to remove stains and smells.
Personally, I am allergic to cats. If a cat has been having accidents in a home outside of the litter box, my eyes will be itchy within seconds of entering the front door. But, if the cat has not had accidents, and the house is clean, then even though I am allergic, I may not know a cat lives in that home until he is rubbing up against my leg. That's what every seller with pets needs to strive for.
If a buyer views your home and notices odors - from your pets, from last night's dinner, or even from your teenagers' dirty laundry - they will focus on those odors instead of whether or not your home will become their new home. If your house smells, you may have just lost a buyer.
Selling a home with pets is not easy - I've done it myself a few times. Here are a few quick tips to keep your animals from deterring potential buyers:
- Vacuum up pet hair once or twice a day
- Keep those litter boxes clean and out of sight
- Clean up the backyard every time your dog goes outside
- Keep pet bowls and toys hidden during the day
- Take the pets with you during open houses
- If possible, take the pets with you each time the home is shown; otherwise, keep them in their crates
- If you have birds, vacuum around the cage throughout each day and keep their cages clean
- Keep fish tanks clean and water sparkling - it shows you care
Believe it or not, not everyone loves animals. And it is possible some buyers may not love your pets as much as you do. While marketing your home, maintaining the home as if pets do not live there is a must.
It's a lot of extra work for a home owner if they have pets when they are selling their home. But, it's worth it when the end result is that you sold your home!
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