While your furry and non-furry companions might be the most adorable little- or big- things you’ve ever seen, prospective buyers might not quite feel the same way. Whether your clients are animal lovers or not, pets can actually get in the way of a sale in a number of ways. To ensure that that is not the case, here are a couple of tips to home selling a home with pets:

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1) Send Your Pets on a Vacation
You might not like the idea of being apart from your pets but it is necessary if you aim to drag a sale over the line with little fuss. Apart from the possibility of triggering allergies or phobias, pets can also obstruct how the buyer envisions their life in the property they are interested in buying. A dog or cat might not be in their picture-perfect dream and they could, in fact, serve as distractions that hamper that vision altogether.

Moreover, incessant barking in the background is also another problem that is frowned upon by real estate agents who have cited the difficulty in holding conversations over such noise which can also put buyers off. Worst case scenario of having a pet is that it might not take too kindly to the advances of a stranger thereby causing harm and possibility inviting legal action.

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2) Set aside a Cozy Spot
If the preceding option is simply unthinkable for you, then rest easy as we have another alternative which is finding a secluded space somewhere comfortable in or around the house. It has to be somewhere out of sight, the backyard perhaps, where it’s not the first thing visitors see when they walk up the curb.

It also has to be someplace roomy but at the same time someplace where it will not hinder a house tour; the kitchen is definitely a no-no. Agitated pets can get noisy and you can get around that by observing feeding routines, offering plenty of water, availing a favorite toy or blanket and anything else that makes them calm. Soothing words have also been shown to work just as well.

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3) Get Rid of Any Signs of Furry Roomies
Aside from an absence of their presence, you also need to clean up that trail of breadcrumbs that prove that you own a pet. Yes, staging your home is even more important when you have pets. Keep the water bowls and feeding dishes away but for kennels and other big pet accessories, have them neatly placed at the edge of the property. Remember to also pick up the poop and cover up other giveaways such as scratches and nose marks- yep, there is a petty kind of buyer that notices that too- on sliding doors.

On the other hand, fish tanks could actually do you more good than harm as long as they are in excellent condition with the keyword to remember here being fish. Tarantulas, snakes and bearded dragons might seem cute and cuddly to you but, to others, they are the very stuff of nightmares. So none of that please.

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4) Don’t Show a Stinky House
Smell is an important factor in determining whether a potential buyer will be hurrying for the exit, or for a checkbook, which is why you have to get a deep clean done to eliminate any residue pet odors. Deep cleaning goes beyond scrubbing counter tops and vacuuming floors and also entails those hard-to-reach areas such as closet interiors, throw rug bottoms and ductwork among others. It’s best you get a professional cleaning company for the job. Also, don’t use candles or stinky air fresheners to try to mask the smell, there are natural alternatives.

Animal waste such as bird feathers and litter are enough to trigger allergies even in the absence of the allergen itself. So take no chances lest you want potential buyers to get down with puffy eyes and running noses in which case they’ll hardly be interested in any explanation you have to offer. Also, remember to get your house inspected for flea no matter how clean your pets seem to be before you put the house up on the market.

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5) Get an Expert’s Opinion
A veterinarian knows best what’s good and what’s not for your pets so this should probably be one of the preliminary items on your to-do list before you make decisions particularly with regards to pet relocation. Getting an expert’s input ensures you’ll not be inadvertently and adversely affecting your dog’s health, physical or otherwise, by whatever measures you have in mind.

Final Thoughts

Selling a home with pets requires a certain amount of work which goes beyond the ordinary but it’s something you can easily pull off nonetheless. If you are uncertain about how to get your home ready to sell don’t be afraid to ask your listing agent. They should be able to give you honest advice and what changes need to be made to get your home sold.

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