Tips to Make Your Home Feel Pet-free to Buyers
You love your pet – after all, he or she is a member of your family. But if you are selling your home, you should know that some people won’t love encountering your pet (or any of their signature messes!) during a showing.
Even when buyers love animals, they typically want a home that shows no signs of being “broken in” by your furry friend. In fact, some buyers will avoid purchasing homes that have pets – and this happens for several reasons.
They may take notice of the little tell-tale signs your pet leaves behind. Extra wear and tear on the home caused by dirty paws, pet stains on the carpet, and scratched hardwood floors or doors from your pet’s nails leave a bad first impression. Not to mention that sometimes odors linger even after you clean the house, and you might not notice it anymore.
You may have become accustomed to all the signs that you are a pet owner, but buyers will not miss these things while viewing your home. Getting ready to show your home to potential buyers means making the house clean, stain-free and basically a fresh, blank slate. Here are some tips to make that happen:
The idea is to make your buyers feel like this could be their home, and looking pet-free is sometimes as important as being clutter-free. With a bit of cleaning and a few small repairs, your house can impress buyers with a fresh, clean first impression.