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Guide for Pet Owners: How to Stage Your Home

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Guide for Pet Owners: How to Stage Your Home


Selling your house without a pet can be difficult enough, but if you’re a pet owner, you’ll need to carefully stage your home because most potential buyers have concerns about odors and damages to a home with animals in them. While you love your furry friend, it’s best if buyers can’t tell you have one. Here are a few tips that will help you sell your home quickly and for top dollar when a pet is in the mix.


According to The Balance, “The best thing to do to ensure top price for your home is to relocate your pets while your home is on the market.” While this can be emotionally difficult and hard to carry out, the alternative of locking up your pets in a room, garage, or backyard isn’t necessarily good for their health and will not guarantee a solution. Consider boarding them at a kennel or letting a family member or friend watch over them while you are going through the process of selling. If this is not a possibility, find a doggy daycare near you that will minimize their presence in the home, or sync your showing schedule with that of your dog walker.


Leaving pets alone while showing your home is risky because they can create new damage or accidently get let out and lost.  If you must leave them at home during a showing, leave instructions for your real estate agent because pets may not react well to strangers, and the home buyers could have a lack of knowledge as to how to treat them. You may be held liable if your pet bites someone while on your property, so check with your homeowner’s insurance ahead of time.


Before scheduling any showings, you’ll want to first assess any damage within the home. If there are scratches present, give the walls a fresh coat of paint or refinish the hardwood floors. Replace carpet that has stains, as well as worn or chewed-up furniture, baseboards, and blinds. Home Advisor says that the average price to clean upholstery and furniture runs anywhere from $86 to $139, and the job takes up to 3 hours.


Pets shed, and their fur usually collects in unlikely places, so keep up with sweeping and vacuuming daily. Utilize air fresheners and wash the windows of paw prints. Create a space where you can hide their bed, bowls, leash, cages, litter box, pee pads, food, and treats so the home is free of clutter, and buyers don’t trip over them. Use a bin instead of just a closet for storage as shoppers will likely explore the whole house. Even if you are required to disclose that a pet has lived in the home, it is still beneficial to remove things like photos and doggy doors.


Not only will you need to properly stage the inside of your house, but you’ll want to work on boosting your curb appeal as well. This means making sure pets’ droppings aren’t littering the yard, and keeping them away from plants and flower beds. Also look for any holes they may have dug up and fill them with rocks to prevent them from digging more.


Get your home professionally cleaned before it is photographed and shown so potential home buyers can see it in its best possible condition. It’s possible that there are some things you won’t notice because you are used to living in the house. Ask a friend to come in and inspect it for odors and hair, and check with your veterinarian for suggestions on keeping your pets cleaned and groomed. By incorporating these tips, you’ll have a better chance at a quick and profitable sale.


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