Home Selling Tips For Pet Owners

There's no doubt pets play an important role in our homes.  They wait for us to come home after a long day, and are there to comfort us when things go wrong.  But if you're trying to sell your home, your four-legged friend could put a bit of a damper on the process. 

Invest In A Good Carpet Cleaner

It's a good idea to invest in a carpet cleaner or have your carpets cleaned professionally to ensure there are no obvious pet stains.  This will also help remove odors and stuck-in fur. 

 

Keep Your Pet Out Of The House

If possible, it's best to leave your pet with a friend, a relative, or another trusted caretaker while showing your home.  If no one is available, it's a good idea to leave your pet in a crate in an area where potential buyers are less likely to be. 


Clean Up The Yard 

Even your backyard could leave traces of your pet, so it's important to clean up any waste and toys.  If there are any bare patches of grass, you can try to aerate and seed these spots or plant sod for a quicker fix. 

 

Familiarize Yourself With Your Insurance Policy 

Even if your pet is the nicest pet in the world, having him around during a showing poses a handful of potential threats.  Take a look at your homeowner's policy and make sure that it covers you in the event your pet becomes aggressive with someone on your property.  

 

 From removing stubborn stains to knowing where to put your pet during a showing, these tips will ensure potential buyers aren't off-put by your companion. 

 "Pets inspire us every day because they show us how to live."

 

American Lifestyle Magazine- Issue 87

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