Thursday, September 10, 2015 / by Matt Chase
While selling a home alone can be a huge challenge, trying to sell a home with pets can be a completely other challenge within itself. In general, putting your home on the market can require upkeep of housecleaning and repair work, which is no difference when it comes to selling a home with pets. Often, more work is needed to prep your house for the current market and standards when a pet or pets are involved.
Firstly, a seller should repair damage in the home. While some damage may be minimal others may be a little more intense. Often baseboards are chewed, doors are scratched and carpet may be dingy. These can quickly add up but you must remember that repairing these items, although potentially costly, will add value to your home when it is ready to be put on the market for buyers. A thorough deep clean is in order to make sure your home is in great condition. Removing pet odors and stains is a huge thing to remember. The home should have a pleasant neutral fresh scent. Professionally deep cleaned and steamed floors and carpets is a great place to start. Most companies will even steam and clean the furniture. This can make a huge difference when it comes to the appeal of the home. A cleaning of hard to reach places, behind the furniture and doors and in air ducts or vents can make a big difference in pet odor.
Although the deep cleaning of the home is very important, some of the cleaning takes place in other areas. Cleaning up your dog toys and bed and litter box before a showing should be a priority as well. Minimizing any signs of pets is a good route to go. It could be the difference between selling the home and not selling the home. Another cleaning aspect is cleaning up outside. Some homeowners pick up regularly after their dogs, others do not. Before a showing, make sure the yard is picked up. Some replacement of sod might have to be made depending on how much wear and tear your pet does outside.
Some homeowners are willing to move their pets to an alternative location during the showing process. An important thing to do is to check with your pets veterinarian before doing this. Some older pets may not adjust well to change and you should take the pets well-being into consideration before making any drastic changes.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in selling a home, specifically in the Lorain or Cuyahoga counties, feel free to contact us at Chase Group - Keller Williams Realty, Greater Cleveland West online here or at 440-452-2000.