Preparing Your Home For Sale With Pets
Creating an inviting, neutral space for potential buyers is key to selling your home quickly and at the best price. For pet owners, this means paying particular attention to how pets and their presence are managed during the selling process. This blog post, brought to you by Elevate Real Estate Group with Royal LePage Triland in London, Ontario, delves into the crucial steps of preparing your home for sale when you have pets.
1. Deep Cleaning
First impressions matter. Pet odours and hair can be off-putting to potential buyers, some of whom may have allergies or simply prefer a pet-free environment. Before listing your home, invest in a thorough deep cleaning. This should include steam cleaning carpets and upholstery, washing walls, and ensuring pet areas are odour-free and spotless. It’s not just about making the home visually appealing; it’s about creating a fresh and well-cared-for space.
2. Minimizing Pet Presence
While your pets are part of your family, potential buyers need to be able to envision themselves in the space. This means depersonalizing, which includes minimizing signs of pet ownership. Store away toys, bowls, beds, and litter boxes during showings. Consider temporarily removing pictures of pets from display. The goal is to create a blank canvas where buyers can imagine their lives unfolding.
3. Repairing Pet Damage
Scratches on doors, chewed corners, or damaged floors can signal neglect to buyers, suggesting other, less visible home areas might also be in disrepair. Take the time to repair any pet-related damage in your home. This might include patching holes, refinishing floors, or repainting walls. Small fixes can make a significant difference in the overall appeal of your home.
4. Securing Pets During Showings
Even the friendliest pets can be a distraction during showings. Not all visitors will be comfortable with pets, and unexpected reactions can create a negative experience. For the safety and comfort of your pets and potential buyers, secure your pets off-site during showings. If rehousing temporarily isn’t an option, consider crate training or securing them in a specific area of the yard or home, ensuring they are comfortable and safe.
5. Considering Temporary Rehousing
Consider temporary rehousing with friends, family, or a pet boarding service for longer-term solutions, especially in homes with a strong presence. This allows you to maintain a show-ready home at all times and eliminates the stress on your pets caused by frequent showings and the presence of strangers.
The Bottom Line
Selling your home is about showcasing its potential to many buyers. For pet owners, this means taking extra steps to ensure pets do not distract from the home’s appeal. By cleaning, minimizing pet presence, repairing damage, and securing pets during showings, you create a more inviting space that allows buyers to focus on your home’s unique features and potential.
Elevate Real Estate Group with Royal LePage Triland understands pet owners’ challenges when selling their homes in London, Ontario. We’re here to guide you through the process, ensuring a smooth transition for you and your furry family members. Contact us today to learn how we can help sell your home efficiently and for the best possible price.
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