There’s nothing like owning pets. They become a part of your family. They’re always there, ready to comfort you and can bring more joy to your life than even the best dessert. But selling your home when you own pets can be challenging. Believe it or not, owning a pet can actually lower the value of your home. If you’re ready to sell, make sure these four things are on your mind.
1. Your Landscaping: Animals can change the landscaping around your home. When your dog heads out in the morning, he may dig up various spots in your back garden. Your cat could leave tell-tale scratch marks in various places. Take some time to clean up your garden, and ensure you can’t tell a pet lives near your home.
2. Claw Marks: Cats sometimes scratch the door casings. A dog’s claws can scratch your flooring. If you find any of these scratches around your home, do what you can to cover it or replace the damaged area. It may seem like a small problem to you, but it can be a massive issue for potential buyers.
3. Carpet Stains: If there are any stains on the carpet, make sure that you focus on getting rid of them. If you try a number of different cleaning products and nothing works, including using a steam cleaner, you may need to replace the carpet entirely.
4. The Smell: Odours are a huge problem when you’re selling your home. Pet owners become so used to the smell that it can be tough to realise one exists. Have a trusted friend or family member come into your home and ask them to be honest about what they smell. Usually, a thorough deep cleaning and a carpet cleaning can help to eliminate any smell.
Your pet doesn’t have to be a liability when you’re selling your home. Just make sure that you take a good amount of time honestly looking for signs of pet ownership in your home and do everything you can to make it look like the house is a pet-free zone.