Since pets are seamlessly integrated into our homes and become members of the family, it’s easy to forget that they can present a few small challenges during listing and selling. How do you handle the dynamics of visitors in your home during showings, potential anxiety surrounding packing and construction, or the stains or damage our dear pets may leave in our homes? This post is your ultimate guide to help make the transition easy for you and your beloved furry friend.
Step 1. Repairs:
When Fido first came to your home, there was likely an adjustment period. There are likely a few stains from tinkle accidents throughout the house. If you have carpets and are able to replace any stained areas (including the carpet pad) now is a great time to do so. Some pets are fond of scratching at doors or chewing on facings. This is a great time to handle these repairs to prepare for the listing of your home. This will make your home appear well cared for and in great shape
Step 2. Deodorize and Reduce Allergens:
Lots of people have severe allergies to pets. It’s important to do your best to eliminate the allergens that could be lurking in your home. Wash and vacuum furniture and soft surfaces, vacuum the floors with a HEPA filtered vacuum regularly, change your HVAC air filter, and wash the dog’s bed or crate before opening up your home for listings. These tips are also helpful for pet owners who may have some lingering odors from their pets in the home. It’s important to clean litter boxes, cages, and crates thoroughly and even more frequently before showings. Enzyme based cleaners are a great way to remove odors that you may not notice. Bowls of baking soda placed throughout the home (in areas that aren’t accessible to pets) are also helpful to remove the smell our friends can leave behind.
Step 3. Handle Their Anxiety:
Animals experience some of the same stressful reactions to change that humans experience. Speak with your veterinarian about ways to handle the stress of potential home construction, staging, and packing for your pet. Increasing your daily walks, extra belly rubs, and maybe a few more treats are a great start to offset the upheaval. While some animals are soothed by an increase in activity or snuggles, others will require a bit more help. Your doctor may prescribe an anti-anxiety medicine for your pet or could have helpful tips to care for your cat or dog’s mental health during these transitional days.
Step 4. Prepare for Showings and Open Houses:
It’s important to have a plan for your dog during spur of the moment house showings and open houses. For starters, inform your real estate agent of your pets and their living situation before listing. If you work from home or have the flexibility to take your pet out of the house when you leave during showings, this is a great idea. At the very least, pets should be crated or contained in some way during showings for their safety and the safety of potential buyers. If you’re at work during the day and don’t want to crate your furry friends, it might be a good idea to consider a pet daycare during the short period of home selling. This could give your pet a fun place to play and keep them safe during showings.
Taking into account your pet’s safety and mental health during home selling and moving will make the process easier for everyone involved. Your pet will continue to feel loved and cared for and can give you the much-needed companionship needed to make a stressful situation easier. Consider these tips before you list your pet friendly home for sale, you and your furry friends will be glad you did!
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