No matter how friendly or beautiful your pet, they don’t tend to make the home selling process any easier.
In fact, when prospective homebuyers visit and consider your house, it’s best to remove the evidence of your pets before the shoppers arrive.
Here are some basic tricks on how to sell a home with pets:
Leave the Pet With a Friend
You never know a stranger’s association with pets until they tell you, so it’s best to err on the side of caution by ensuring zero animals are in the house when home shoppers arrive. This means leaving your dog or cat with a close friend or family member for the duration of each house showing.
Bring a Strong New Scent into the House
Animals can leave detering scents in a home, even smells that the pet owner might not recognize. It’s best to clear your home of anything that might cause a lingering smell–litter boxes, dog food, etc.–and replace them with a new fragrance. This can be done with various scented candles, cleaning products, and even by airing out your home by opening windows and doors.
Hide Certain Pet Products
One way to alleviate animal smells is to store animal products anywhere other than your home. This includes finding a new temporary storage spot for litter boxes, dog houses, chew-toys, and cat stands.
Advertise to Pet Owners
Digital marketing tools let you use highly specific demographic information to target niche potential buyers. If you’re using resources like Facebook Ads, for example, you can use certain keywords and techniques to position your home ad in front of pet owners who may be looking for a new home in your area! Pretty cool, right?
All Or Nothing
If you worry that removing evidence of your pets is a lost-cause, take the opposite approach. Instead of removing items like dog houses and pet toys, emphasize your pet like it’s part of the family. In this case, make sure everything pet-related appears clean and orderly. Give people the impression that your animals are the most well-trained, well-behaved pets on the block.