Selling Your House with Pets |

Selling Your House with Pets

Part of what makes a house a home is the ones you share it with, and that includes your furry friends. As a pet owner, you have the responsibility of keeping your pets safe and well taken care of. As a home seller, your goal is to attract buyers and sell your house. However, your love for your pet and the habits and routines they have established could potentially hinder the sale of your home. Here are some tips for selling your home while pets are around.

Repair Pet Damage

Pets can be just like kids – lovable but messy. They can scuff floors, chew baseboards, and destroy flower beds. It’s important to address as much minor damage as you can before you take listing photos or decide to show the house. If stains and marks are too unsightly, you may want to consider replacing your carpet or flooring completely. 

Eliminate Pet Odors

Aside from being messy, pets can be smelly. Don’t be too overzealous with scented air freshener, as this can mask the smell but not fix the underlying problem, and the overpowering smell could potentially be a turnoff to buyers. If you’re battling with a stubborn overpowering odor, consider hiring professional cleaners who can effectively deodorize your space.

Highlight Pet-Friendly Features

Some buyers may be pet owners themselves and see value in some of the features in your home that will make their fur baby feel at home. Highlight features like fenced-in yards or laminate flooring that could be attractive to buyers with pets.

Remove Your Pet for Open Houses and Tours

For the safety of your pet and buyers coming to view your home, it’s best to remove the pet from the property during an open house or tour. Showing a home can be a busy time. All of the new strangers and activity can be overwhelming to your pet. Make them more comfortable by removing them completely instead of hiding them in an area of the home. If you’re unable to remove your pet, keep them in a kennel for the duration of the showing.

Many families have pets, but your job is not to make them fall in love with your pet. You want them to fall in love with your home. Connect with one of more than 9,000 agents today to help you strategize how to best display your home while managing life with a pet. Ready to buy but not sure what you can afford? Check out the mortgage calculator to help estimate possible monthly payments. Download the app and put the power of fresh and accurate listing data in the palm of your hand. The app is available free in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. For local listings you can trust, start with
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