We love our pets. They are part of our family. If your house has been on the market for a long time, have you ever thought that maybe Fido and Fluffy are keeping you from selling your house? We realize that not everyone is a pet lover, but pet loving buyers may not be finding your home all that appealing as well. Let’s explore a few reasons how your pets could be sabotaging your home sale.
Just as you wouldn’t expect a buyer to dodge your kids toys, so it should be with your pet’s favorite chew toy or bed. Just the sight of a litter box, no matter how clean, could turn off your buyer.
The Solution: We recommend that right before a showing, walk around and gather all your pet stuff and hide it under the bed. That would go for dishes, toys, leashes, beds and blankets.
Fur, Fur Everywhere
When a pet lives inside with us, you just have to get used to finding hair on the sofa and dust bunnies under the bed – but your buyer may find that gross. It is a funny thing, but a buyer wants to feel like they are buying a pristine new home. They do not want to deal with the reality that someone lives there – especially your long-haired Persian.
The Solution: Vacuuming often blows more fur around than it will suck up. Try a damp cloth or sponge or a lint roller to get the hair off your furniture. Mopping is another effective way to track down those fly a ways. Try to get in the habit of daily brushing your pet, outside please.
Clean those Stains
Puppies and kittens can leave a mark in your house long after they are potty trained. Make sure you get all the stains out of the carpets. Check in closets and behind furniture for evidence. If you need to call a professional, it will be worth it, trust me.
The Solution: Clean all your carpets before listing your house. Hire a professional if need be. Use a baking soda solution on pet smells.
Fix the Scratches
A buyer will not want to deal with scratches in the hardwood floor. Nor will they want to replace the trim that your cat used as her scratching post. These are tell-tale signs of owning a pet and it leads the buyer to wonder what else has been damaged that he or she cannot see.
This also goes for your furniture. Yes, I know the buyer isn’t buying your stuff, but it could be just the thing that gives them a negative impression about the whole house.
The Solution: It is worth the effort to resurface your hardwood floors. You will most likely recoup the price and your home will sell faster. The same goes with replacing or repairing any damage caused by your pet. Try felt-tip markers or Old English furniture polish on scratches. Use wood putty on the big ones.
Buyers are funny creatures. The simplest of things (like dog fur on your sofa) could leave a negative feeling about your house. Do everything that you can to make a showing a positive one – even if that means making the place look like you don’t even own a pet.