For some, life without their pets is unimaginable, but when it comes to selling a home, man’s best friend can quickly become a potential buyer’s pet peeve. When you’re selling a house, the family dog, cat or wild guinea pig can deter buyers from purchasing your home.
“Almost everyone loves pets, but even the most obedient animal can create distractions and possibly cost home sellers,” said Robin Peterson, president of Coldwell Banker Burnet. “Work with your Realtor to adequately prepare your home when pets are involved.”
Sellers with pets don’t need to call on Dr. Doolittle, but should consider these points when dealing with their animals:
• Don’t let your pet show your home. Even the nicest pets can make some buyers uncomfortable, so it’s best to remove animals from the home during a showing. If you can’t find a spot for Fido, keep him out of sight and under control.
• Smell doesn’t sell. When your home is on the market it’s important to keep it impeccably clean. Remove all dirty litter boxes and dog potty pads. The idea is to take away any evidence that the pet was even there, which includes all stains and animal hair that may cause allergic reactions.
• Don’t hide damage, repair it. Furniture ruined by dogs, claw-marked floors and water rings from aquariums can worry buyers who think permanent damage is present in other parts of the home. Fix any pet provoked problems.
• Enter and exit alternatives. Picking up animal waste in the yard is a good start, but many buyers can be turned off by the doggy exit or kitty entrance. Replacing the door, or at the least offering an allowance, is a good strategy to get a buyer signing on the dotted line.


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