How to Handle Selling Your Home if It Smells Like a Dog

Posted by on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 9:20pm.

You may have the most beautiful home in your neighbourhood but you will be lucky to get an offer on it if the house smells overpowering like a dog. Even dog lovers would have a hard time falling in love with a place that reeks of the family pet. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome this problem when you are selling your home.

It’s a good idea to relocate your dog while you are selling your home if the odour is a major problem. The main reason is to prevent the same problem from reoccurring after you have gone through the hard work of clearing out the smell. Another reason is your dog could be hindering your chances of selling your home. The presence of a dog can make it difficult for your real estate agent to show the house and potential buyers may be put off by the family pet even if the home smells okay.

Invest in a thorough cleaning of the house. This includes shampooing the carpets and upholstery. It is also a good idea to launder curtains, clothing, and bed coverings. Fabrics tend to absorb scents and deep cleaning everything is the only way to completely eliminate the problem of your home smelling like a dog.

If you did not relocate your dog, then you will need to make a daily effort to maintain the result. Air your home out every day, and use air fresheners to keep the air smelling nice. You’ll also want to make sure that your dog gets regular baths to prevent him or her from stinking up your home again.

It is possible to overcome a smelly house so you can obtain the highest offer possible. If you have family or good friends that would accept your pet for awhile, it may be a good idea to send your best friend for a doggy vacation.

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