Pets – Are They Hurting Your Home Sale Success?

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Pets – Are They Hurting Your Home Sale Success?

Are there pet stains on your carpet?  Does your house smell like dog or cat pee?  Clean it up.  Immediately.  Is your home safe for buyers to be there, with your pets, when you are not there?
Two things every home seller must be brutally honest about – are my pets stinking up my home or are they making it hard for buyers to see my home?  Let’s break this down one at a time.

1. Are there pet stains on your carpet?

Does your house smell like dog pee and cat poop?  If there are and it does, clean it up immediately.  Have your carpets professionally cleaned.  Or replaced.  Clean the cat box daily!  There is no other option if you want to get your home sold.

2. Is your home safe for buyers to be there, with your pets, when you are not there?

If the answer is yes – you are good to go.  Your guinnea pig is cozy in his cage.  Your lazy old cat is happy to nap on the bed and is not an escape artist ready to dash out any time the door opens.  You can list your home as “Call First – Go Direct.”  You don’t have to make buyers wait for you to run home and get the pets ready.  Great news.

If no, then consider the following.

Make a safe area in your home where you can temporarily confine your pet – so they are safe and visiting buyers are safe.  Can you crate your dog?  Can you keep your cat in the laundry room?  (Especially if the cat is prone to attacking visitors – check out this example of a real problem cat!)

You Love Your Pets – But Potential Buyers May Not

If your pets are large, mean, scared, pee when visitors arrive, or have any behavioral or personality or physical characteristics that might put some one off, consider relocating them to a safe environment.  Either in an area of your home or in someone else’ home.  Temporarily.  Until your home sells.   Put them in the laundry room, or in the kitchen with a baby gate.  Or in the back yard (not ideal, unless buyers can go in the yard with the pet there.)

Just think about how much easier it will be for buyers to see your home when it is convenient for them, rather than what is convenient for your pet – temporarily.  If you are serious about getting your Orange County home sold.

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