Selling with pets? Chew on this
Dogs, cats, chickens — you name it, we love our pets! But for pet parents selling a home, there's extra work if you want to sell for top dollar.
Starting with the biggie: While sellers may not notice their own pet's odors, buyers surely will. Buyer allergies, or even sensitivity to smells in general, might shrink your pool of buyers and hamper your sale. Your Realtor should give frank advice, and you may ask a trusted friend who doesn't visit often to come over and give their honest input.
Thorough cleaning, preferably by a pro, should include not only the visible pet hair and dander, but give special attention to furniture, rugs and pet bedding. Litter boxes should be removed to a garage or remote area if possible. Have your ductwork professionally cleaned; the hair hiding in there blows into every room and may set off your buyer's sneeze alarm. When you think you're ready, have your agent and friend revisit and check!
Take time and simply observe wherever pets have left their mark: screen doors, lawn spots, scratches and stains. All are usually easy fixes.
Finally, arrange to have Fido and Fifi off-site during showings. You want visitors to relax and visualize living there. Some buyers and agents may spend less time in your home, and not see that vision, if their attention is on your pet.
Call me any time for recommendations on getting your home ready for buyers' eyes and noses.
Hasson Company Realtors
15400 SW Boones Ferry Road
Lake Oswego 97035