Who doesn’t love a friendly household pet? While most home buyers have pets of their own, when it comes to viewing a house your pet may get in the way of your sale.
There is really no reason why this is true, but many buyers become turned off at the site of a pet lingering around a property. Some buyers still believe in old wive’s tales, and some people simply aren’t used to pets, so they will likely feel very uncomfortable while viewing your home. Of course, you do not want to make any buyer feel uneasy, so the best way to deal with this problem is to send your pets away during the home sale process.
I know, getting rid of a family pet for a few months is not an easy thing to do, but even the site of a litter box, or the smell or a household pet, is enough to send some buyers running for the hills. However, if you do not want to send Scruffy or Fluffy away for the entire time that your home is on the market, consider bringing them to a friend’s house during your open house. Some home owners feel as though they can simply lock up a pet in a garage, or enclose a pet within a backyard, but this treatment will not suffice.
Even though you may think that your pet is out of the way, shutting them up in a room is not fair to the animal, and buyers may wonder why one door is locked. Instead, send your pets to a kennel. If you decide that your pets are simply not going to go anywhere, there are still some things that you need to think about in order to make your home more comfortable for potential buyers.
Remove a litter box, or a doggie bed, from any living room area. Next, keep your pets out of sight (do not allow your dog to greet each buyer), and keep them clean. Then, hire professional cleaners to remove any pet stain from carpets and upholstery. When a stain can’t be removed, replace the affected area. Lastly, keep any photograph or other pet memorabilia out of sight. Buyers simply do not want to see pets when they visit a home, so keep yours out of the way.
Though it may be hard to believe, buyers want to walk through a home undisturbed when they are attending an open house. This means that buyers do not want to see cats and dogs running around, and brushing up against their legs. If you must keep your pet at home during a showing, place them in a cage and put a “warning” sign on the cage. Otherwise, it is best to remove your pet from your home completely – just think of it as a pet vacation.