The Best Ways to Sell Your Pet-Friendly Home:
Keep Your Pets out of sight and out of mind.
It seems counter-intuitive but even pet lovers are biased against the presence of dogs, cats and other animals when they are searching for a new home. The reasons why range from understandable to impractical superstitions. Regardless, the majority of experts say the best thing pet owners can do when selling their home is to stage it so potential buyers cannot tell a pet lives there.
Here are a few things pet owners should consider while selling their home:
When listing your home, do not include photos that show your dog or cat lounging all on your couches and comforters. You may see such photos as aww-inspiring proof your home is cozy and comfortable. However, potential buyers will interpret it differently. At best, they will see it as a personal touch that reminds them the home already belongs to someone else. That makes it more difficult for them to imagine themselves in your home, which makes your home a harder sell. Worse yet, cautious buyers may view such photos as a red flag for pet-related damage including claw marks, urine stains or lingering odors.
That said, pet-friendly neighborhoods are increasingly coveted by potential homebuyers, so do highlight any features or amenities such as nearby dog parks and good walking trails. Just remember to keep the focus on what they can do with their pet, not what you do with yours.
When scheduling a home showing, it’s in your best interests to remove all signs of pets, if possible. This means not only putting away the litter box and dog food, but possibly even temporarily removing your pets from the home. If possible, bring them with you to a friend’s house or to a local pet daycare.
Babble also recommends removing any damaged furniture or unsightly cosmetic issues. Regardless of who or what caused these imperfections, the presence of things like sofa stains or scuff marks on a stairway railing can give off the impression you don’t properly care for your things. And again, it may also make potential buyers worry about additional damage that might be hiding below the surface.
Between showings, make sure you vacuum everyday in order to keep any fur, feathers, dander or odors in check. One expert recommends doing a “family and friend test” where you invite a non-pet owner whom you trust to visit and give their honest opinion about what their nose detects. If your stuff is up to snuff after their sniff, you can rest easy knowing visitors won’t be distracted. If they admit they can smell your pet, don’t disparage. Just take an additional step by burning a neutral candle.
(Bonus Tip: A family and friend test is also useful if you have messy teenagers or sweaty athletes living in your home!)
Staging your home to minimize the presence of your own pets isn’t about being ashamed of your furry friends. Even if your pets are the most well-behaved creatures, it is simply good practice to make your home as neutral and welcoming to as many potential buyers as possible. Doing so will help you sell your home faster so you (and your pets) can move onto your own next home more quickly.
Article provided by Medina James, DogEtiquette.info.
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