Pets Need Not Complicate Home Sales
Pets are part of the family for many American homeowners: 68 percent 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 off 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 affected carpeting or flooring. Use cleaning products that eliminate the odor at its source.
Ideally, pets should be removed from the home while the house is on the market. If impractical, take pets out during showings or keep them confined 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.