Keeping pets while selling your home can be a bit of a problem. Ask anyone in real estate and the 3 things that put people off houses that keep dogs are:
- The smell
- The mess
These three things can be enough to put people off a home. What would have been a lovely image in their head of their family growing up in your home is now an image covered in pet hair, urine stains and more.
So today we are going to talk about how you can keep your house tidy and clean during the process of selling your home.
Keeping a number of air freshners around the home helps, but what always works for us is baking bread about an hour before you are due to have a house viewing. This will fill the home with a lovely aroma of bread which will be fantastic and very homely to potential buyers.
It will of course also mask any smells your pets have left behind. Using baking soda on carpets before vacuuming can also help remove smells.
Obviously, if you have poop and pee hanging around during a viewing you’re going to have issues. This is not a good look…
But hair on carpets and furniture looks bad, it’s dirty and can put people off, especially when they have to consider replacing floors to fix it which could add up to $1000’s.
I recommend doing two things, the first is hiring a professional carpet cleaning service and cleaning everything the best you can. This will cost $70-150 for the day, shop around for deals. This will make your carpets look new depending on how soiled they are.
Once this is done get a pet vacuum and keep on top of the job, removing hair everyday before it can mat with the carpet fibers and get stuck. A humidifier can also help prevent hair getting stuck in carpet, keep on top of this while your home is for sale.
To get rid of these it really depends on what the issues are. Here are some of the common items we see along with the solution:
- scratch marks on doors, re-paint the doors.
- carpet/flooring stains, get a cleaner to remove it the best they can.
- damaged/chewed up furniture, get a cover for couches/chairs and refinish wood furniture.
Beyond this it’s just common sense, refinish or replace damaged furniture items.