Lingering animal smells and fur can be a turn-off for would-be buyers. Be sure to remove all signs of your furry friends before showings. Here are five tips to help when selling your home.
1. Scoop the Poop
Don’t let your buyer step in something they shouldn’t have. Make sure your property is clear of any pet-related landmines.
2. Mend fences
Check your fencing, deck and porch for any marks from scratching or chewing. Most can be erased with elbow grease and a bit of sandpaper.
3. Stash the evidence
Don’t count on your buyer being a cat/dog person. Collect your pet’s toys, bowls, beds and litter boxes and keep them out of sight.
You may be accustomed to the smell so have a friend or family member come by to sniff out any animal scents that may still linger.. Light candles, open windows or hire a professional carpet cleaning crew to deodorize your home.
5. Don’t leave pets home during showings
Let’s face it, while your met may be loving and excited when someone new walks in the door, they can also be a liability. It may be a good idea to temporarily relocate your little buddies, especially snakes or tarantulas. You definitely don’t want your buyer to accidentally come across one of those.
I hope these tips have helped you. If you have any real estate-related questions or are interested in buying or selling, don’t hesitate to contact me, Kim Rievley, today. I can be reached at 951-377-3955 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.