Do Pets Affect A Home Sale?

Posted by on Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 9:01pm.

Sometimes money can be lost during a home sale due to issues with pets. People looking for a nice new home for themselves and their family may not be pet people and can get very disturbed if they see an animal running around the home. When you are trying to get the most money possible out of your house, consider these potential pet problems and solutions.

Removing visible signs of pets

First impressions can be key when it comes to a Calgary home sale. There is no need to make it known that you have pets in your house. You should never lie about having a pet, but if the topic does not come up, there really is no need to mention it.

Here are a few things you can do to make it less obvious that you have a pet.

  • Make sure that all pet toys are put away.
  • Seal up any dog doors.
  • Do not leave out water bowls and feeding dishes.
  • Remove visible photos from key locations, (refrigerator, mantle, hallway etc).

Displaying your house

No one is able to predict the way their pets will act around strangers so it is a good idea to get the pets out of the house during showing times. If someone were to be bitten or scratched, the home sale would not go exactly as planned!

Puppy potty pads and litter boxes for cats

Out of sight means out of mind when it is time for a buyer to view your home.

Pet Stains and Carpets

Professionals are best when it comes to removal of these stains. Replacement of the floor covering may be needed if the stain cannot be removed.

Smells and Odors

Enzyme cleaners can help reduce the odor of pets, naturally and effectively. Avoid the use of air fresheners since they can cause a reaction in people that suffer from allergies. Neighbours come in handy when it comes to the smell test. It works well to ask a neighbour to test the smell of your house for any traces of pet odours before inviting people in for a showing.

Remember that pets can have a different effect on everyone. To make the most out of your showings you should make sure that your home is as appealing as possible to all. A sale is more likely to occur if your house appeals to both pet lovers and those that prefer a home without animals.

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