When selling a home, every homeowner wants to do whatever they can to help ensure that it finds the right buyer. However, some things can make selling a home a bit trickier, especially selling a home in a buyers market. Owning pets can be one of those things that might make selling a home more difficult.
But how can a seller make their home the best it can be to sell without resorting to something drastic like giving up their beloved pets? There are a few strategies homeowners an use to make their home appealing to all buyers while keeping pets where they belong.
1. Remove Pets From the Home During Showings
While finding a place for a pet to stay during showings may seem like a hassle, it’s well worth the effort taken. There are many different reasons to keep pets out of the home while having visitors over, and here are some of them:
- Pets can get stressed out by strangers in a home.
- Visitors may accidentally leave doors open and let pets outside.
- Visitors may be allergic to pets or afraid of them.
- Visitors may bring young children who don’t know how to properly interact with pets.
Homeowners can take pets to a kennel or to a neighbor’s home during showings. Not only is it safer for the pets to be away from the home during a showing, but it can also create a more peaceful environment for buyers to view the home in.
2. Repair Damage Left By Pets
It’s a fact of owning a pet that all pets will leave their marks on a home in some way, shape, or form. As buyers go through a home, they will be looking for signs of damage. Before they have the opportunity to scrutinize every scratch and stain, be sure to repair the damage caused by pets. This can include things such as scratches on hardwood floors, fur on carpets and furniture, smudges from noses on windows, and so on. The less of an impression pets leave on a home, the better the home’s chances are of going over well with buyers, so it’s important to clean up after those furry friends.
3. Take Care of Pets That Can’t Be Moved
Some people have pets such as dogs that live for rides in the car, and some people have pets who aren’t quite as mobile, such as birds, reptiles, and fish. In cases like these, homeowners should post a sign on the door of the room the pet is located in clearly warning visitors that there is an animal living inside. It can also be a good idea to include another sign closer to the pet asking visitors not to stick their fingers in the cage or try to touch the animal, especially in the case of reptiles and birds. If possible, try putting a sheet over the cage to give the pet some privacy while buyers are visiting the home, but be wary of doing this if the cage has a heat lamp, as it may be a fire hazard.
Selling a Kettle Valley home with pets can be a bit more tricky than selling a home that has never had pets in it, but by keeping these three strategies in mind and using them as necessary, homeowners can help improve their chances of finding the right buyer. For more advice about selling a home, be sure to consult a skilled real estate agent who can provide even more tips, related to pets or otherwise.