Buyers love a home that’s ready for their canine companion. Showcase the best features of yours with this quick and easy DIY guide to home staging when you have pets.
Manage Odors and Messes Before the Open House
Don’t let the lingering scent of your pampered pooch distract your buyers from paying attention to what really matters: the house. Start by opening the windows for several hours and vacuuming all carpets. Schedule a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning to remove odors and stains from soft surfaces. In the Branson area, this should cost between $199 and $439 depending on the size of your home and the severity of stains. Remove the cover from your pet’s bed and run it through the washing machine. Also, take the time to wash favorite toys, which can also hold on to animal odors. Make one last sweep with the broom, mop, and vacuum cleaner before your home is shown.
Downplay Any Damage
When you live with pets every day, it’s easy to overlook the little bits of damage they’ve caused over the years. U.S. News & World Report explains that it may be in your best interest to ask a neutral party to take a walk in the home with you to point out things such as scratches on the door and peeling laminate. No matter how small the damage, your buyers will look for any excuse to submit a lower-than-asking-price offer.
If you can’t fix everything, make sure your home’s assets are highlighted. For instance, if you have large windows, open the curtains and clean the glass and window sill. A word of caution here when you have pets: there may be hair flying through the air. Home Air Quality Guides lists the best air purifiers, which can help get rid of airborne hair and dander.
ProfessionalPetStaging.com further recommends cleaning air vents and filters, as these can trap and then redistribute pet hair and related debris each time the AC or heat kicks on.
Highlight Pet-Friendly Features
A fenced backyard, built-in dog door, and scratch-resistant flooring are all things pet owners/buyers will appreciate. Make sure these and other pet-friendly features are in tip-top shape and listed in the description of your home.
Keep an Open Flow Throughout
When you have kids and pets, it’s especially important to pay attention to the flow of your home. Architectural designer Greg Toon tells Real Homes that it’s best to minimize the need to change direction while walking through the property. This might mean relocating certain items you and your family use each day. A cat tree in the middle of the living room may block a buyer’s ability to stand near a window and take in the view. Likewise, food and water bowls on the kitchen floor can take a buyer by surprise and force them to step aside to avoid a messy spill. While these things seem like minor inconveniences, they can make a big – and negative – impact on an individual’s overall impression of the home.
Remove Your Pets While the Home Is Shown
The vast majority of real estate professionals suggest removing pets from the home while it’s on the market. That’s not always possible, but you should make a special effort to ensure they are not on-site during the open house or scheduled showings. A huge chunk of home viewers will likely be pet owners themselves and may not mind furry friends in the home, but your pet may get territorial. This can become a liability for you and, if you have a barking or nervous dog, may create an uncomfortable situation for everyone. It’s also a good idea to remove any visual evidence of a cat or dog since these are common allergens and may sway a buyer’s decision.
More than two-thirds of Americans have pets, and many won’t mind visiting with your cat or dog while they view your home. But for safety’s sake, and to eliminate irritating allergies, your pet’s presence should be minimized as much as possible.
Article provided by Medina at DogEtiquette.info.
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