Pet owners are often nose blind to pet odors (as febreze likes to put it). Unfortunately, pet odors can turn off potential home buyers and keep your home from selling. If this may be an issue, ask your realtor for their honest opinion in regards to if your house has any pet smell.
If you end up having to get rid of the smell, here are some tips.
Open windows and air your house out.
Before you start cleaning, allow air to circulate and sweep out the unpleasant smells.
Scrub, scrub, scrub!
Scrub walls and floors that have been soiled by pets with odor-neutralizing products that can be found at pet stores, vinegar, or wood floor cleaner. For surfaces like cement floor and walls that bleach won't damage, try a 1:9 bleach to water solution.
If you have tried these suggestions and still have some stubborn stains, you may have to invest the money in hiring a company who specializes in hard-to-clean stains.
Clean your carpets or remove them if necessary.
You can either clean your carpets and rugs by renting a machine from your local pet stores, or grocery stores or you can hire a professional. A professional can be $25-$50 a room, depending on size of each room and how dirty the carpets are. They may suggest a deodorizing treatments which you will know if you need once you have someone perform a sniff test once the carpet dries.
If cleaning doesn't work, the carpet and padding will have to go. When they are removed, scrub the subfloor with vinegar or an odor-removing product. If the smell is in the subfloor, unfortunately that will have to go before you replace the padding and carpet or the smell will remain.
Wash your drapes and upholstered furniture.
Pet odors like to stick and seep into fabrics. Steam clean upholster furniture and have your fabric window coverings dry cleaned, steam cleaned, or laundered.
You have the option to buy a steam cleaner designed to remove pet hair from fabric on furniture or you can hire a professional.
Paint, seal, or replace walls when needed.
If cleaning the walls, plaster, or woodwork, hasn't work to remove the smell, add a fresh coat of paint or stain. You may end up having to replace the drywall and wood if needed. For cement and brick apply a sealant to help lock the scent in. This typically costs $25-$100.
Add mild scents strategically throughout your house.
Potpourri and scented candles are great for adding a bow you all the hard work you've just done cleaning. Keep the scents mild so you don't overwhelm or turn off buyers sensitive to perfumes. A bowl of potpourri in the front entrance will add a great first impression, and add other mild scents to the kitchen and bathroom.
Replace or have pet beds cleaned.
If you have a well loved pet bed that has been around for awhile, it may be time to get a new one instead of washing it. If you can take the cover off have it and it's a relatively new bed, have it washed, or dry cleaned.
Control ongoing odors.
Replace kitty litter daily instead of just removing the clumps, and sweep up around the litter box. Hide the litter box before each showing.
If your dog uses indoor pee pads, put down a fresh pad each time he goes. Throw them away in an outside garbage with a tight lid. Remove even clean pads before a showing.
Considering sending your pet on a temporary vacation while selling if you can handle being away from them. If not, remove them from the house before a showing and put away their dishes, towels, and toys.