It is important to stage your home when putting it on the market. However, this is difficult when you have pets in your home. There are some buyers who do not mind pets, but other buyers may not be fond of pets in the house. The following tips can help you stage your home with pets.
Vacuum The Floors Daily
It is no secret that pets shed a lot, and you do not want your buyers to see pet hair around the house. This is why you want to vacuum the floors every day. Do not forget to vacuum the hair in the corners and near the baseboards. Shedding creates a negative experience for buyers who are allergic to pet hair.
Clean Out The Vents
You also need to remove the pet hair from your vents. It becomes trapped inside the vent and on the grating. Start by wiping down the vents, and then replace the vents with new ones. You can actually find vents designed to withstand pet hair.
Eliminate Pet Odours
You may be used to the smell of your home when you own pets, but your buyers can smell traces of your pet as soon as they walk through the door. Neutralizing the scent is essential to selling your home. Air out your home by opening your windows every day. You should also give it a deep cleaning, or you can hire a professional cleaner to take care of it.
Get Rid of Damaged Furniture
Stained or chewed furniture is not going to make a good impression on your buyers. You can try to clean or repair your furniture before the showing. If there is too much damage, replace your old furniture with new pieces. Putting your current home on the market is a great time to purchase furniture for your next home.
Hide The Pet Items
Stash their food, bowls, toys, litter boxes and other items during the showing. Start by placing the items in a storage bin, and then place the bin inside a cabinet or closet. You may even be able to hide the items outside the house for a few hours. If you are worried about upsetting your pets, you can always put the items back after the showing.
Clean Up The Yard
Your buyers are going to check out the yard, so you want to make sure it is free of pet toys. Clean up after your pets do their business, and take care of the flower beds they may have damaged. You want to create a clear, clean area for your buyers to walk through.
Pack Away Other Signs of Pets
Depersonalising your home is part of the staging process, and this means packing away photos of your pets. You should also pack away mugs, decals or prints that show you are a pet owner. Your buyers may be turned off at the smallest hint of a pet living in your home.
Make Arrangements For Your Pets
If possible, make other arrangements for your pets during the showing. You can ask your friend to keep your cat at their house for a few hours, or you may hold the open house when you take your dog for a walk. If you cannot remove your pets from the house, invest in a comfortable cage or close off a room for them. You should also let your REALTORŪ know that your pets will be home during the showing.
You can also ask your REALTORŪ for tips for staging your home with pets. You want to create a home that appeals to all potential buyers.
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