Great!  You have made the decision to sell your home.  Now you have to go around the home to make it as perfect as possible before you start showing.  You want potential buyers see your home at its best and this will help justify the price you are asking.  There are a few things you must be aware of that can make this a bit harder to achieve.  One of these obstacles is your pets and planning showings around them.

Having pets is a wonderful thing.  There is a good possibility that at least some of the people interested in your home will have pets as well – and having a property that’s already pet friendly could actually be a big selling point for them. The issue is that the house is your pet’s home, too, so you have to make sure that they stay safe during showings while also ensuring that they don’t negatively affect the sale.

It’s time for a thorough cleaningBefore any showing, make sure that your pets are cleaned up after as much as possible. This includes freshly cleaned litter boxes with new litter, freshly cleaned carpets to take care of any pet stains or shed fur, odor-neutralizing air fresheners… as much as possible.  You want the lingering sights and smells of your pets can to disappear. This not only puts your best foot forward, but it will also impress potential buyers who may not be pet people.

Avoid Direct Interaction if Possible – Try to keep your pets from being in the same area as potential buyers. Not everyone is an animal lover.  I personally recommend you take your pets for a ride while showing your home.  If you have a lot of showings in a certain time period you might want to board them for a couple of days with your vet or a professional boarder that you trust. If you have a friend or relative that would take in your pets while you home is being sold that would also be helpful.  If you must leave them in the home, it’s best to contain them somehow… like a pet crate or a child gate for the laundry room.

Disclose Your Pet Ownership – Something to keep in mind once you’re ready to start showing your home is that you need to disclose the fact that there are animals living on the property (and in the house, if they’re inside pets.) This not only lets potential buyers know that there may be animals on the premises, but it also serves as a warning for those with severe pet allergies. Even though you should clean thoroughly (remember that first tip?), a potential buyer who has a very severe allergy will know that there might be a risk in your home. In addition, when you have that buyer with the extra sensitive nose, you’ll have warned them in advance of exactly what “that smell” is.

As your realtor I can help you find the pet professionals who can give your furry friends the care and pampering they deserve. If you need help cleaning your home, I can refer professional cleaning services as well. I have referral list for just about anything my clients need. And I provide professional staging advice at no charge as well, which really helps you sell faster and for more money.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff