Do Pets Help Or Hinder The Sale of Your Home?

Many buyers have pets and want a pet friendly home but they do not want to buy a home that “reeks” of cats & dogs. Advertising the benefits of a pet friendly home is a wonderful selling tool. However, when actually marketing & showing, it is best to hide as much pet gear… toys, beds and dishes as possible especially for photographs. Always remove pets for showings whenever you can. If nothing else, sellers need to make sure that there is minimal pet hair and no pet odor. Odor is the #1 turn off. Anyone who is sensitive or with allergies is going to be put off immediately. If you want to ensure you get the highest final sale price, you'll have to properly stage your home to create the illusion you are not a pet owner. Clean up your yard and clean up any pet damage. Keep your yard clear of dog messes. Keep litter boxes clean and hidden away as much as possible. Address wood floors with scratches prior to listing or make concessions to remedy the problem. The same goes for any pet stains on the carpet. “In 2016, 61 percent of U.S. households either have a pet or plan to get one in the future, so it is important to understand the unique needs and wants of animal owners when it comes to homeownership. On the flip side 39% of buyers do not have pets and having a home that screams pets will certainly turn them off. Bottom line, pets are a part of the family and a home that is pet friendly can be a great selling tool as long as it is done correctly. You want to make your home attractive to all buyers. If you want to ensure you get the highest final sale price, you'll have to properly stage your home to create the illusion you are not a pet owner. Clean up your yard and clean up any pet damage. Keep your yard clear of dog messes. Keep litter boxes clean and hidden away as much as possible. Address wood floors with scratches prior to listing or make concessions to remedy the problem. The same goes for any pet stains on the carpet. “In 2016, 61 percent of U.S. households either have a pet or plan to get one in the future, so it is important to understand the unique needs and wants of animal owners when it comes to homeownership. On the flip side 39% of buyers do not have pets and having a home that screams pets will certainly turn them off. Bottom line, pets are a part of the family and a home that is pet friendly can be a great selling tool as long as it is done correctly. You want to make your home attractive to all buyers.

Many buyers have pets and want a pet friendly home but they do not want to buy a home that “reeks” of cats & dogs. Advertising the benefits of a pet friendly home is a wonderful selling tool. However, when actually marketing & showing, it is best to hide as much pet gear… toys, beds and dishes as possible especially for photographs. Always remove pets for showings whenever you can. If nothing else, sellers need to make sure that there is minimal pet hair and no pet odor. Odor is the #1 turn off. Anyone who is sensitive or with allergies is going to be put off immediately.

If you want to ensure you get the highest final sale price, you'll have to properly stage your home to create the illusion you are not a pet owner. Clean up your yard and clean up any pet damage. Keep your yard clear of dog messes. Keep litter boxes clean and hidden away as much as possible. Address wood floors with scratches prior to listing or make concessions to remedy the problem. The same goes for any pet stains on the carpet.

“In 2016, 61 percent of U.S. households either have a pet or plan to get one in the future, so it is important to understand the unique needs and wants of animal owners when it comes to homeownership. On the flip side 39% of buyers do not have pets and having a home that screams pets will certainly turn them off.

Bottom line, pets are a part of the family and a home that is pet friendly can be a great selling tool as long as it is done correctly. You want to make your home attractive to all buyers.

If you want to ensure you get the highest final sale price, you'll have to properly stage your home to create the illusion you are not a pet owner. Clean up your yard and clean up any pet damage. Keep your yard clear of dog messes. Keep litter boxes clean and hidden away as much as possible. Address wood floors with scratches prior to listing or make concessions to remedy the problem. The same goes for any pet stains on the carpet.

“In 2016, 61 percent of U.S. households either have a pet or plan to get one in the future, so it is important to understand the unique needs and wants of animal owners when it comes to homeownership. On the flip side 39% of buyers do not have pets and having a home that screams pets will certainly turn them off.

Bottom line, pets are a part of the family and a home that is pet friendly can be a great selling tool as long as it is done correctly. You want to make your home attractive to all buyers.

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Lorie Sauer