How To Sell A Home With A Pet

Almost everybody loves pets except the home buyer who is buying your house. Don't ask me why, but that's often how it works out. Home sellers who adore their pets -- and I count myself as a huge pet lover -- have a hard time imagining the negative attitudes others harbor against pets. So, while this might be a bitter pill to swallow, if you want to get top dollar for your house, pay attention to how much you might lose with a dog or cat in residence.

Why Don't Home Buyers Like Your Pet?

  • Nervousness: Pets make some people very uncomfortable. Not everybody grew up with a family pet or enjoys outings at the zoo. Fur and four legs does not a human make.
  • Fear:  Real and irrational. It's not only dogs that instill fear in people. All kinds of silly wives' tales and superstitions involve cats.
  • Inexperience:  Pets are not always predictable.
  • Your pets aren't their pets: They imagine yours bite, jump, vomit, claw, spit-up hair balls or are just plain hyper and bad -- not all like their pets.

The best thing to do is to ensure top price for your home is to relocate your pets while your home is on the market. The next option is to let a friend or relative care of your pet. Board them at a kennel. Send them on vacation.

Overcoming Negatives Associated with Your Pets

  • ​Cat Litter Boxes & Dog Potty Pads: Keep them out of sight and impeccably clean. Nothing turns off buyers faster than opening the door to the laundry room and being greeted by a full or stinky cat box.
  • Carpet & Floor Pet Stains: Hire professionals to remove the stains. Buyers will spot them and form unfavorable opinions about the rest of the house. If the stains can't be removed, then remove the floor covering and replace it.
  • ​Pet Odors and Smells: at urine is the worst. Without question. The. Worst. Bring in a neighbor to do a whiff test. Do not use air fresheners. People with allergies will react. Try enzyme cleaners such as Simple Solution Compare Prices, Nature's Miracle Compare Prices or call a professional ozone company.

Put your pets into a carrier and attach a note warning buyers not to disturb them. The last thing you need is somebody sticking their hand inside the carrier and getting bit or scratched. You can't predict how your pet will react when locked up and alone.

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