Provided by Seth Murphy of PapaDIY.com
Relocating to a new home can be an exciting experience. You might already be daydreaming about how you’ll decorate your new home and how your life will be once you’re settled. Selling your current home, on the other hand, can be a daunting experience. If you are currently a pet owner, it complicates the process.
Believe it or not, potential homebuyers may not consider evidence of pets to be a selling point for your home. Litter boxes, stained carpets and pet odors can create allergic reactions or worse, discourage a potential buyer from placing an offer on your home.
According to some experts, pets can potentially reduce the value of your home due to stains, odors, damages and other issues. Additionally, if your home obviously smells like your pet, a potential homebuyer might consider it less cleanly than a pet-free home. Since 15 percent of the population suffers from pet allergies, and 1 in 3 people with asthma are triggered by pet odors.
So, what’s a pet owner to do? For starters, if you’re a pet owner, don’t worry. There are still plenty of things you can do to sell your home and none of them involve getting rid of your beloved pet(s). Instead, you’ll just need to get creative with how you clean and stage your home.
Here are some expert tips for how to properly stage your home so that potential homebuyers will never know you even have a pet:
Clean or Replace Your Carpets
Cleaning your carpets is a great (and affordable) place to start. The average cost to clean carpeting is $167 nationally. If the carpets are old or have been too badly soiled, they might require replacement; however, if you’ve been taking care of your carpets while living in your home then you might just be able to clean them, especially if they are not too old.
Ever heard of Toxoplasma gondii? Over 60 million people are infected with this parasite, which is spread by cats. Pregnant women and individuals with compromised immune systems have the highest risk of contracting it from cats. Because you can’t guarantee who will enter your home as a prospective buyer, it’s important to take steps to eliminate the risk for all prospective buyers. Start by removing any cat litter boxes (and cats) from your home prior to a showing. You could store them at another location for a few hours or bring them with you while you’re gone.
While it might be tempting to simply hide bedding, toys, food and water dishes, and other pet supplies under beds, in closets, or behind pieces of furniture, there’s a good chance they will be noticed by prospective buyers. Even if a potential homebuyer doesn’t find these items, they likely contain your pet’s scent. Home tours don’t take very long in most cases, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Selling a home is a daunting task for anyone. If you’re a pet owner looking to sell your home, your pets don’t have to become a reason for potential buyers to decide against making an offer on your home. By following the advice listed above, you can stage your home to sell. When in doubt, consider working with a professional realtor. These trained professionals can help you stage your home for a successful sale. Good luck!
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