Our fur babies, though we love them, present a few obstacles (structural damage, unpleasant smells, etc.) to commanding competitive prices on the real estate market. If you’re selling your home and you own a pet, prepare for the house cleaning and repair work ahead. You need potential buyers to envision their own families and possessions in your space. In other words, you’ll need to remove evidence of your pet. Here are some tips you should consider.
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Temporarily relocate your pet
At the very least, remove your pet from your home when showing it to potential buyers, thereby preventing allergy mishaps, distraction, and possibly offending home buyers.
However, your best option is to relocate your pet for the entire time you’re selling your home. If they are accustomed to being welcomed indoors and on furniture, then to simply confine them to the backyard or laundry room during this time is unfair. For best results, transfer them entirely from the house to a location where they can enjoy the same space, routine and attention, such as with a trusted friend, family member, or boarding service. Your pet’s absence will allow you the opportunity to effectively clean and resolve damage issues without recurrence.
Clean and repair
The biggest home resale obstacle presented by pet ownership is unpleasant smells to which sellers have grown accustomed over time. You may not notice the aroma of stale cat urine anymore, but potential buyers surely will.
Olfactory senses have powerful effects on initial perceptions, emotions, and memories. Smells will linger in buyers’ minds, and strong odors are among the top reasons they will pass on buying your home. If an offer is somehow made on your home in spite of its smell, expect at least for the agreement to include a deduction for the cost of carpet replacement.
Avoid this situation by hiring professionals to clean your carpet and other flooring with special emphasis on stain and odor removal.
For spot-cleaning odors, stains, or buildup on carpet, hard flooring, furniture or counters, attempt the following DIY strategies:
- Combine equal amounts of white vinegar and cold water, and generously pour the mixture over the soiled spot. Blot well, and then allow it to dry. Once dry, run a vacuum over the area.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the affected spot. Mix ¾ cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of dish detergent, lightly pour the substance over the baking soda and scrub to remove the odor, stain or buildup. Test a small area first, as peroxide is prone to bleaching some fabrics.
Then, remove pet hair and dandruff from all surfaces. A lint roller or handheld vacuum works well on upholstered furniture. As an alternative, you can try running rubber gloves or sponges over the fabric for hair removal. Use a microfiber cloth on wooden and other non-upholstered furniture. Tackle hardwood and other non-carpeted flooring with a dry mop of the same microfiber texture.
Next, repair any structural or landscaping damage caused by your pet. Inspect all flooring, walls (especially corners), doors, and furniture, as well as outdoor turf and fencing. Be prepared to replace certain components, if necessary. An investment in home maintenance may yield a profitable return, but neglect will only decrease the perceived value of your home. Making repairs is worth it.
Lastly, clear any remaining clutter associated with your pet, such as food bowls, litter boxes, bedding, and toys.
Following these tips for effectively staging a pet-free home will guarantee higher home value and a successful sale for your family.
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Author: Aurora James
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