Tips for Preparing Your Home to Sell with Pets


This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills


Selling a home is already hard and when you throw pets into the equation, it can become an extremely difficult task, especially if a potential buyer does not have any pets of their own. When you decide to put your house up on the market for sale, you need to consider any possible repairs that may be needed. It is also important that the house is properly cleaned to include getting rid of any smells or foul odors caused by pets.

If you want to sell your house for a competitive price and get buyers to be able to picture themselves living in your home, it is important that you make the necessary preparations. Here are a few tips to prepare your house to sell with pets.

Make Any Necessary Repairs

Some pets make it a habit to do damage in a home. Although this may not apply to every pet owner, it is important to repair any interior damage your pets may have caused before you put your house up for sale. The home flooring is one of the most frequently damaged areas of your home because this is where pets spend a majority of their time. You should make sure to address any damage to your hard floors or carpeting before you have a potential buyer walk through your home.

Other commonly damaged areas of the home to look for include damaged furniture and walls, scratched hardwood floors, ripped screens, and trim work around doors. Pet damage is never attractive when selling your home and can make it extremely difficult if your house is for sale by owner. To help in your selling experience, repair damages so that you can get more value for your house during the sale even if the cost of repairs are expensive.

Tips on Cleaning

If you want to scare away a homebuyer quickly, foul odors and smells from pets inside your home is a quick way to do it. Before you list your home for sale, a deep cleaning will be required. This does not merely consist of vacuuming the floors and cleaning the countertops. Pets tend to get into areas that are difficult to access; including behind furniture, inside each closet, and underneath rugs and carpets. Pet hair and dust can also make their way through your house very easily and can be found in some of the hardest to reach crevices of your home.

Hire a Cleaning Service

One of the best solutions to ensure that you rid your home of any foul odor from your pets is to hire a professional cleaning service. More than likely, these professionals are experienced in cleaning homes with pets that are put up for sale. They can also give you additional advice on how to eliminate pet odors before any potential buyer comes to view your home.

Remove Pets Before Showing

Although you may be a pet lover, this may not be the case for your potential buyer. At all costs, make sure to remove your beloved pet from the home when buyers come to visit. In addition, you want to erase any sign of your pet for potential buyers and do your best to make sure they are completely unaware of your pet ownership.

Check Your Homeowner Policies

Some pet problems that need fixing before you sell your house could take as much as $30,000 off the value of your home even if the house is in excellent condition. In order to offset this huge loss of value, it is probably a good idea to check your home warranty to see if pet damage is covered. If so, you can save a lot of money on possible home repairs and get a better selling price for your home.

Fix Everything to Get the Best Selling Price

Although it may require a few extra tasks and repairs, preparing your home to sell with pets is not as hard as you may think. It is important to know what options you have available in terms of insurance and warranties. Most importantly, you must make sure to include the necessary repairs and do the proper cleaning before showing your home to get the best selling price.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.