No one ever said selling a house is an easy thing! There are so many facets that come into play during the process, beginning with an often emotional decision to list your family home and ending with a signing at the closing table.
One important thing for sellers to keep in mind is to alway keep the home in top showing condition. But if you have a family and are continuing to live in the home, we realize this can be easier said than done.
Daily life will go on, after all, and that means a lot of things can and probably will go wrong. With that said, you’ll want to do all you can to keep your home in the best shape possible for when those potential buyers stop by to take a look.
Not withstanding children, house guests and other contributing factors, today we’re going to focus on how you can keep your home in peak showing condition when you have pets in the home.
This can certainly be an arduous task, but with the correct mindset and a desire to keep up with things, it can and should be done.
To help you on the way, here are a few tips we’ve put together for keeping your home looking its best when Fido, Fluffy and the gang are doing their best to do just the opposite.
Remove Pets During Showings
Resist the urge to keep the dog in the backyard, or lock your pets up in a spare bedroom or the basement. Prospective buyers need to tour the entire home and the last thing they want is to come across animals that they weren’t expecting to see or encounter.
Just remember that when the family vacates the home to accommodate potential buyers, pets should go along as well.
Leave the home for showings and take the animals with you. Head to the dog park or drop your pets off at a kennel or at a friend’s house for the day.
At the end of the day, you’ll be glad you did.
Put Away Those Pet Toys
In much the same way that you put your personal items away before showings, so too should you hide any dog or cat items that might get in the way.
This includes things like food and drink bowls, toys and even pet beds and any other items that could reflect negatively on the home. Just like human clutter, you don’t want any pet clutter laying around either.
Do a Deep Clean
As much as we all love our pets, there’s no denying the fact that they put off a certain kind of odor. And this is not a smell you want permeating the air while potential buyers are visiting your home.
Consider doing a professional cleaning that’s designed to eliminate pet odors in items like your furniture, your carpeting and even your wall drapes.
By the time you’re done, there should be no trace of Fido left in the home – at least in terms of unpleasant odors.
Keep Your Pets Bathed and Clean
The cleaner you keep your pets, the less odors you’ll need to eliminate on what could be a very short time frame.
Now this is a part of the process that your four-legged friends may not particularly care for, but just remember that they too will be moving on to a new home when all is said and done.
So break out the doggie soap and some water and scrub a dub dub!
Scoop the Poop
This should be an obvious one, but do an inspection of your yard before showings to ensure that any and all unpleasant items have been properly disposed of.
Can you imagine how a potential sale might be hampered if one of your visitors accidentally steps in something that Fido left behind?
And one last thing. Be sure when you do clean up the backyard or the litter box that you dispose of the waste OUTSIDE of the home. Cleaning up and putting these items in your kitchen trash can is not going to help the situation any.
Repair Any Pet Damage
If you want to notice damage that’s been done by your pet, you may need to get down on their level. If you have young children in the home who can get down and inspect things from a pet’s vantage point, this is a great chance for them to become involved in the process.
Look for damage along walls and doors that your pet may have caused, keeping in mind that their living space is much lower than yours.
And when you do find scratches or damaged areas, repair them as quickly as possible. You don’t want to be trying to do so in a short time frame, when prospective buyers are on their way to your home.
For many more ideas on how to properly stage and prepare your home for sale, call the Oldfather Group today at 302-260-2000 and speak to a member of the coastal region’s top selling real estate team.
We have decades of experience in these matters, so why not put it to work for you and your family?
We’d love nothing more than to welcome you as a new member of the Oldfather Group family. Give us a call today!