Be Sure to Plan for the "Pet Issue"

If you have pets, you probably adore them. They're part of the family! But when you're preparing your home for sale, you need to think about how you're going to deal with the "pet issue".  Some potential buyers who view your property may love pets as much as you do. However, others may be turned off by the tell-tale signs of pet ownership – such as kitty litter, dander, and smells.

So be sure to make a plan for how you’re going to deal with your pets. It's a good idea to keep pets out of the house during viewings. Even if your dog or cat is friendly, some buyers will be uncomfortable around them. So, you'll need to decide where your pets will go when buyers view your property. Consider a local kennel or "pet day camp".
"Can't I just take my dog out for a walk?" you might be asking. You could, however, you may not always be available to do that during a viewing. It can be helpful to have alternate plans available.

In addition to cleaning your home before a viewing, be sure to include pet areas -- especially where pets spend time, like a favourite cushion or scratching post – consider using specialty air sprays
available on the market that will neutralize pet odours.

Finally, it's a good idea to advise buyers that they're viewing a home with pets. That way, they'll be more forgiving if they catch a whiff of cat dander.

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Sally Forster

Sally Forster

CENTURY 21 Absolute Realty Inc.
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