How To Sell a Home With Pets

Posted by Justin Havre on Monday, May 7th, 2018 at 8:58am.

Minimize Pet Presence Before Listing a Home for SaleMore than 7.5 million Canadian households have pets, according to 2016 statistics. Most people love animals and understand the loving relationship between humans and their pets. Pet-friendly features can be exactly what a buyer is looking for. What buyers don't love, however, is to see or smell evidence of those beloved pets in every room and in every corner of the yard and selling a home, especially in a competitive market, with pets can be a great challenge

The first and most important rule is to always have the pet away from the property during a showing. Take the dog for a walk; put the cat in a carrier and go to a neighbour's home. Real estate agents and buyers alike can be intimidated by a dog barking in the yard, or by signs that say "Please don't let the cat out."

Clean and Refresh

Vacuum and mop often to remove pet hair; polish nose prints and paw prints off windows and floors. Open doors and windows regularly to keep fresh air circulating; and be sure to pick up evidence from front and back yards. Clean, clean and clean again!

Repair and Replace

Neutralize the presence of pets as much as possible. If there is existing damage to floors, walls, wood—or the yard—fix it or install new. That includes sod as well as carpet. Place the dog bed in the closet, hide pet dishes in the dishwasher or under the sink, remove the litter box from the bathroom and pick up stray toys. Don't try to mask odours with air fresheners.

Uncommon Animals

If there are other animals in residence—birds, snakes, or other exotic species—it could be best to find temporary homes for them. An aquarium can be a visual delight; fish are calming. However, make sure aquarium water is clean and the fish are healthy. If there's a pot-bellied pig, chickens, rabbits or guinea pigs in residence, arrange for off-site boarding unless yours is a farm property.

Pet Health and Liability

Moving is stressful from a De Winton home to anotherfor both pets and humans, and anxiety can prompt abnormal behaviour. Consider liability issues. Also address with a veterinarian some of the other traits that signal an upset pet, including increases in "accidents," abnormal scratching, digging or barking. Other signs to take seriously are appetite changes or newly aggressive or destructive traits.

Pet-friendly Features

While doggie showers and dedicated runs can be selling features, chances are good that the house will sell faster without the menagerie in residence. Buyers may be interested in pet doors and slide-out kitchen feeding drawers, hallway cat perches, or dedicated pet food storage in the laundry room, but make every effort to allow visitors to focus on the house and its possibilities rather than on your pets. Some real estate agents also recommend removing pet pictures.

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