Selling A Home With Pets
Having a pet can be an uplifting experience. Although you’ll appreciate the love and loyalty, some aspects of owning a pet – such as selling your home – may be a bit frustrating. To make a successful transition with your pet when relocating, you’ll need to speak to your veterinarian before you begin making the necessary arrangements. Continue reading for helpful tips on selling your home as a pet owner.
Schedule an Appointment With Your Veterinarian
Before you do anything, remember that your veterinarian is trained to work with every pet individually. Your veterinarian will understand your pet’s unique needs, just as your physician will understand yours. Be open with the pet doctor, informing him or her where you’re going and what kind of changes your pet will face. While selling a home and relocating is a stressful endeavour, remember that your pet may have just as much difficulty adjusting.
Pets Shouldn’t Be Around During Showings
It doesn’t matter whether your dog is well-behaved or a total nightmare, potential buyers may find your pet to be a nuisance. Buyers visit your home because they want to see the home, not the pet. If buyers come into your home and stumble across an “accident” left by your pet, then your chances of a successful sale have been significantly reduced. Here are some more useful tips to consider about pets and house showings:
• Leave your pet with a neighbour or family member
• Take your pet for a walk in the park or special spa day for pampering
• Buy a pet-friendly cage or leave your cat or dog in a contained space. Always notify the buyer and real estate agent prior to inviting them to a showing if you know your pets will be present.
Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More
You can’t clean enough when it comes to having a pet and selling your home. Ideally, your home should be indistinguishable from a pet-free home during showings, and certainly by the time you move out To avoid unnecessary expenses, get your carpet professionally cleaned before you schedule the showing. Hire professionals as needed to remove stains or odours as these are among the top reasons buyers will pass up a sale. If your dog has torn up the grass or caused lawn burn due to urine, you may want to consider resodding the damaged areas as well.
Successfully selling a home as a pet owner may mean you have to go above and beyond to clean, prepare, and erase any existence of your home. It’s a tedious, time-consuming process, but it’s really important if you want to give your home the best chance to sell at the highest price.
The Geoff & Bobbie McGowan team can help you come up with creative strategies to sell your home when you’re a pet owner, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.