Pets hold a special place in the heart of their owners and also a special spot within their home. However, when it comes time to sell the home, a family with pets may have to make adjustments in order to stage their house for the market. Some home buyers may see pets as a detraction from the property, and this could have an impact on the sale price.
Even if homeowners have sold many homes in the past, or this is the first time a home seller has sold their own home, there are some tips and ideas for selling a home with pets.
Cats or Dogs: Staging the Home
Dogs and cats are some of the most common house pets, which means that many home buyers have come to expect the presence of these types of animals in the home. Prior to listing the home, dog and cat owners should deep clean the carpets and furniture in order to remove all pet hair. All dog waste should be picked up in the yard before any showings.
Cat litter boxes should be placed in an inconspicuous location as well as cleaned regularly. If at all possible, dogs and cats should be removed from the home during showing appointments.
Birds: Preparing the House for Sale
Homeowners who have birds in the house have the advantage of knowing that their pet is in a safe and contained area. However, pet bird odors and noises can still be bothersome to potential buyers who are looking at the home. In some cases, a bird may need to be placed in a smaller room such as an empty bedroom or laundry room area to minimize disruption. Bird cages should also be kept clean, with the area surrounding the cage cleaned as well.
Tank Animals: Getting the House Ready for Market
Tank animals, including rodents, fish and reptiles, are often the least disruptive to the home selling process. Their tanks should be cleaned prior to any showings, and the tank should be placed in an unobtrusive location. The showing instructions on the listing should indicate that there is a pet in the house, and should include any special notices.
Crestwood real estate agents can provide homeowners that have pets additional information on how to best prepare their individual property for the market. Pets are an important part of most of our lives. Selling a home is a big step, not only for the homeowner, but for the pets that live there as well.
By Justin Havre