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Tips for selling a Pet-Friendly Home

 

Tips for selling a Pet-Friendly Home



Fido is your best buddy but you’re not sure how having a pet friendly home will affect the success of your home in today’s market; after all not everyone will find Fido’s presence as endearing as you. But remember, just because some people aren’t fans of the four-legged, doesn’t mean they are not great, qualified buyers

You want buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home. This means giving them the space to envision living there, space that is free from too many of your personal things – including pets and all they bring with them. So how do you go about selling your property when you have pets?

The first important thing to keep in mind is that your animal has its own needs, needs that are best discussed with your veterinarian. Talk to your vet about what you plan on doing, and how it will work with your specific pet or pets. This is especially important when your pet is older and may not adjust well to change. Selling a home can be just as stressful for the pet as it is for the home owner. Does this mean a temporary relocation? It may.  

If you have a friend or family member that you are comfortable leaving your animal with, it will give you the chance to eliminate all of the signs of having a pet in the house. For some people, this is simply not an option, in this case you may want to consider removing the pet during showings.

Ideally you should have your real estate agent showing the home, preferably while you are away. Having a pet in the house or yard can create complications for your agent while trying to show the house, and puts your pet at risk of accidentally getting out during the process. There are also liability issues to deal with as well. While your dog or cat may be ultra friendly, it is certainly possible they can have a bad day just like you and I.

There are times where it may not be possible to remove a pet from a home. Maybe due to your job you just can’t come back and remove them or you can’t find anyone who will help take care of them. If this is the case your next best option is to either put them in a contained space or let a buyer and their Real Estate agent know about it ahead of time or buy a pet friendly cage to keep them in. While your pet may not be accustomed to this and you love treating your animals like one of the family sometimes this is what is necessary when you are making selling your home a priority.

Important Tasks for Preparing a Pet-Friendly Home for Sale:

Remove odors and Stains
If you do not live with pets, often the smell of a pet in a home can be noticed immediately upon entering the home. This is not something you want to happen. In fact, above all else, this may be the most important tip for selling a home when you have pets.

Our sense of smell has a powerful effect on our emotions, our memory and on our perception of things. An initial odor on entering a house is sure to stick in the buyer’s mind, and he or she will likely deduct the cost of carpet replacement immediately from an offer as a result. A strong odor is in fact one of the top reasons a buyer will pass on a home.

Avoid this by having your carpet and flooring professionally cleaned, with a focus on removing pet odors. If the staining or odors are too bad, you may need to replace the carpet in the problem areas.

Clean up Yard
Pick up any messes in the backyard, and have any sod replaced and other damage repaired as necessary. You may be the kind of person who picks up after your pet regularly, or you may have a cat that causes very little impact to your yard. However, a large number of dog owners give their pets free reign of the backyard. This is a great life for dogs and cats, but it can be hard on the look of your lawn. One of the best tips, when selling a home with pets, is to make sure you don’t neglect the yard as this is just important to some buyers as the inside of the home.

Remove Signs of Pets
You want to buyers to be as unaware of your pet ownership as possible. If they ask the question, you will have to answer honestly. However, you can often avoid this by taking necessary steps like those listed above. In addition, put away all pet toys, bedding, litter boxes and food.

Some realtors even go as far as to recommend removing all photos where your pet is present as well. While that may be a bit extreme, it is important to look and make certain the animal does not show up in any marketing materials you create for your home. Like other forms of home staging, removing extra pet clutter is an important consideration when you are selling your property.

Prepare Property
Sometimes it is impossible to hide all evidence of your pets, and sometimes the home buyer will just ask anyway. Even if this happens, though, you have still done everything necessary to return your house to its prior pet-free status. Buyers will have little to complain about, because your house now looks as good as it did before you had your pet.

Consider Pet Liability
One of the things you should do if you own a dog is check your home insurance policy and make sure that it does not exclude dog bite coverage. You will want to check the exclusion in the coverage section to make sure it does not mention dogs or even animals in general. Some insurance policies will exclude certain breeds such as Pit bulls, German shepherds, Rottweilers, Great Danes and others.

Remember, just because some people aren’t fans of the four-legged, doesn’t mean they are not great, qualified buyers. Fido is also an important member of your family so you want to make sure that his needs are being met during this transition but at the same time as ensuring that potential buyers aren’t diswayed from your home because of him.


If you’ve got questions about showings with your pet friendly home, please call your realtor, Dave Ryer at 214-704-2606; he will help you every step of the way.

 
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