3 Tips For Selling Your Home With A Pet

Dated: 01/20/2015

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According to the U.S. Census  68% of households in the United States had at least 1 household pet in 2014.  That means a large number of homes are full of pet odor, pet dander, and other evidence of pets.  How does this effect the sale of the home?  What can be done to ensure your pet doesn't bring down your homes value?   

 Most listing agents will advise pets be housed elsewhere during the listing period.  Make arrangements for a family member to keep your beloved dog or cat while you sell your home, or have the pet boarded at a local kennel you trust.  If you don't have a kennel in mind, talk to your veterinarian for recommendations.  Complete the items below to ensure the buyers concentrate on the home itself instead of focusing on the pets living there by.  

1.  Replace carpet.  Lingering pet odor is mainly due to the carpet.  The animals scent gets embedded in the fibers and can be an instant turn off to potential buyers viewing the property.  Replace carpeted rooms to eliminate the smell.  Most home improvement stores have carpet on hand that can be ordered, installed, and ready go fairly quickly.  Plan ahead and have this done before pictures are taken and the home is listed.

2.  Clean Vents & Duct work Pet dander and pet hair can float to random places.  Duct work becomes an instant collecting place for pet hair and dander.  Many companies provide duct cleaning at a reasonable price.    Large vacuums are used to remove any items in your homes ventilation system.  This is another way to reduce odor left behind by animals and avoid exposure to disgusted buyers.  

3. Maintain Your Exterior. Evidence of pets is not only a turnoff on the interior of the home but outside as well.  Pets can dig holes, chew on deck wood, scratch wood fences, or destroy siding.  Make sure to examine the exterior of the home and schedule repairs.  Fill holes in the yard, level landscaping rock, replace deck boards or fencing, and repaint/replace any siding that may have been a chew toy for your pet.  Above all else, make sure to clean your yard of waste.  A trending business idea is individuals that pick up dog waste and dispose of it for your.  If you must keep your dog at home during the listing, pick up your yard daily!


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Amy Hendrix

After years of working in retail I have chosen the field of real estate to help stimulate my personal growth. I want to be involved, valued, and trusted by my clients and I want to do what is best for....

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