The majority of people have at least one pet in their home. Pets are more than just companions, they become our family. They calm us when we’re anxious and play with us to keep us active. Pets are amazing but they can be a bit of a hassle to deal with when you’re trying to sell your home. After all, prospective homebuyers don’t want to come into a home that smells like wet dog and they don’t want to be greeted by a temperamental cat or a bunch of barking. Here are a few tips on how to deal with your furry family members when you’re trying to sell your home.
Firstly, make sure you do a thorough cleaning of your home. If you have carpets and pets, shampoo the carpets or hire a company to do it for you. This will help to get rid of any animal smells that may be in the home. Don’t forget to clean the upholstery as well! Once you’ve gotten the pet smell out of your home, it’s time to figure out what to do with your pets when people come to view the home.
If you have small pets, like mice or hamsters or birds or fish, it’s perfectly fine to leave them at your home, as long as they’re not extremely noisy or dirty. If your bird tends to squawk a lot, cover up their cage before you leave the house. If, however, you have cats and dogs, it’s a good idea to take them out of the home anytime a prospective buyer is coming to see the home. Make sure you explain to your realtor that you need a little bit of notice of a visitor so that you can crate your animals and get them ready to go.
You may feel like this is being mean to your pets, but it isn’t. By crating and taking them along with you, not only are you giving your home the clean, fresh look prospective buyers want, you’re also putting less stress on your pet. Having strangers constantly coming into the home can be very stressful on a pet, so by removing them from the situation, you’re helping to keep them calm and happy.
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