Pets Need Not Com­pli­cate Home Sales

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Front Page - Real­tor® As­so­ci­a­tion of Martin County, Inc.

Pet­sarepartofthe­fam­i­ly­for­many Amer­i­can home­own­ers: 68per­cent of U.S. house­holds have at least one pet, re­cent stud­ies show. But when it’s time to sell the fam­ily home, pets can com­pli­cate the process. An­i­mal al­ler­gies are a com­mon con­cern, and buy­ers who have them can be eas­ily turned offff if a house has pets. While some buy­ers may ask up­front not to view homes with pets, it often doesn’t come up un­til af­ter they’re in­side a list­ing.

Pre­par­ing a pet home for sale

Be­fore putting the home up for sale, deep clean the en­tire house, es­pe­cially rugs, car­pet and draperies. You may need to con­tact clean­ing pro­fes­sion­als. Re­mem­ber to clean the air vents, too.

Once the house is clean, take steps to keep it that way. Re­move pet toys and de-clut­ter all the pet para­pher­na­lia.

Pet own­ers often don’t no­tice the odors caused by an­i­mals, so ask your Real­tor® or a friend if they can smell any­thing.

If an­i­mals have uri­nated in the house, be sure to re­place the afffffffffff­fected car­pet­ing or flfloor­ing. Use clean­ing prod­ucts that elim­i­nate the odor at its source.

I deally, pets s hould be re­moved from the home while the house is on the mar­ket. If impractical, take pets out dur­ing show­ings or keep them con­fifined in a small room, crate or pet car­rier. If you are not present dur­ing the show­ing and the an­i­mals are in a crate, leave a note ask­ing buy­ers not to dis­turb them.

Safety is a pri­mary rea­son to re­move an­i­mals from a res­i­dence dur­ing a home show­ing, though pets can also be a dis­trac­tion. Some peo­ple are pho­bic about an­i­mals. Oth­ers adore them. Ei­ther group can have a hard time ig­nor­ing a pet wan­der­ing around a home, and 15 min­utes play­ing with a cat takes time away from view­ing the home.

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