When you contemplate selling your home you probably think about straightening up, storing away some of the clutter and maybe doing some minor repair or painting to freshen it up for viewing. But often times its not necessarily the mess that keeps potential purchasers and their agents away but your very own lovable pooch or kitty. We can all understand how “ Viper”, your snarling, tooth baring brute of a dog could prevent showings, but it can also be a factor with your lovable tail wagging beagle “Rex” or “Ms. Kitty” your purring little fluff-ball. While many people love pets, it is still a good idea to take your dog for that long walk or car ride into the country while the house is being shown. The last thing you want is for the potential purchaser to be distracted and not get a good look at all that your house has to offer. Some sellers think “Everyone loves my dog; he’s so nice he wouldn’t hurt a fly”. But that is not the point. There are many people out there with allergies or a fear of animals which could cause them to cut the showing short. And for the animal lovers that show up, you don’t want them spending the time at your house petting your dog and remarking on how cute “Rex” is rather than looking at the kitchen cabinets. Worse yet, you don’t want your house to be know as “the dog house”. This brings me to another point... Agents talk. They will share their experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly and if your house becomes know as “the dog house” because of dog odors, those odors will make a lasting impression. Along with making your home presentable for showings, you should not only make it appear fresh and new but make it fresh to the nose as well. Take time to deodorize the interior of your home. Remove any old carpet that has been stained or permanently destroyed by dog or cat urine. There are many odor removal products on the market that you can try. If they don’t remove all of the odor, remove the carpet all together. Odors can permeate into the wood flooring as well. If they cannot be sanded and removed, then try sealing them or consult a professional. Taking this concept into the backyard where Fido plays all day, remember to view your yard from a purchasers point of view, someone who has no emotional attachment to your pet. So, yes, please clean up so that the yard is free of dog toys, dug holes where buyers can trip and most important dog (do I have to say it) poo.
So please remember to stash the kitty litter box, keep your home and yard odor free and please let Aunt Joan pet-sit “Curly” your lovable pet snake at least while the house is on the market!