Pets Are Your Worst Enemy
(when selling a home)
I honestly hate to say it as I love my Great Dane Charlie, however pets help sell a home less often than it rains in the Gobi. You should keep in mind a few things.
We all love our pets but.... you never know a buyer’s mind set or if they are allergic. If you have pets it is suggested to have your carpets cleaned prior to listing and changing the air filter in your furnace. (a little pro tip here: if you hit that new filter with Febreze it will make the home smell wonderful) These two items will help greatly. Not to shame your pets but you need to hide their existence from all potential buyers if possible. You can only do so much therefore if getting your pets out of the home is unrealistic you should come up with a showing schedule and plan with your realtor. I do recommend 2 key things:
1. Take them with you
2. Put all toys/dishes/leashes/food away
If they do pick up on the fact that you have pets they will see you as a seller in a better light and as a better owner than other sellers, so you can't go wrong here. In 1996 my family was relocating from Yuma overseas as my Dad is a Marine. With six cats getting them out of the home wasn’t an easy process at all. The Jeep had all six kennels in the back and everyone was assigned a cat. When we were leaving for a showing we all grabbed a cat, put them in the kennel in the Jeep and we were off. This for us worked quite well.
I think it goes without saying but if you do have a dog you need to make sure there are no dog bombs in the yard for showings. (especially after the snow thaws…) Also, don't forget to change or at least scoop the litter box before showings.
One final note, if you do have to keep the pet at home make sure they are kept in a kennel and in the lower level of the home out of the way. Your agent should be notifying potential buyers agents that there is a dog in the home so they aren't startled and they can prepare their buyers.
-Dylan A. B. Diersen
First Weber, Inc
Dylan has been quoted on by national new outlets and has multiple designations recognized by the National Association of Realtors. Also, he has consistently helped more and more people achieve their real estate goals by increasing service. You can see more blog posts at FoxCitiesProperties.com/blog or keep in touch on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinRealEstateExpert/