How To Sell A House With Pets

man and child holding a small pet dog in their house

Pets are members of the family, and you love them dearly, but they can create a challenge in the process of trying to sell a house with pets.

There is no reason to feel alone if you have pets and are trying to sell a home. Around 60% of sellers have pets.  Buyers, however, may want to visualize their own pets inside the house, or, depending on their preferences, they may not want any pets whatsoever.

Pets can also create messes and odors that can turn buyers off.

With that in mind, the following are some things to make sure you do before you try to sell a home where pets live.

Fix Damage From Pets

door showing damage caused by a pet dog

Pets can cause damage, and while you may overlook some of this damage because you are accustomed to it, potential buyers won’t. Check to see if any pets have caused damage to your home, such as ripping or scratching furniture or carpets, chew marks on baseboards or window sills, or scratched walls.

In addition to inside your home, you should also take precautions outside. Make your lawn look tidy by cleaning up pet waste and covering any signs of digging. You should also repair damaged fences and window screens.

Keeping It Clean

If you have pets, it’s especially important to keep your house clean while it’s on the market. Additionally, you want to ensure you find and remove any odors at their source.

Pet odors are typically eliminated by professional cleaning or, in some cases, by replacing carpets or rugs. You can remove odors from your carpet or rug when you shampoo them. Your furniture may also require a similar treatment.

Further eliminate odors and fur and dander from your home by vacuuming every day.

If any lingering smells remain after you have deep cleaned, don’t just try to mask them. Rather, you should work to eliminate them forever. There are enzyme cleaners that work well for pets. A HEPA filter air purifier is also worth putting in your home.

You need to consider not only odors and cleanliness when you have pets, but also the fact that some people may suffer from allergies to pets. In your cleaning, you want to make sure to clean every nook and cranny to eliminate any sign of your pets.

Remove Any Traces Your Pet

messy pet bowls on the floor that should be put away

When you prepare to sell your house, it’s a good idea to de-clutter and de-personalize your entire house. Similarly, you may want to de-pet your home as well. Hence, you should remove kennels, cages, and other playthings. When your home is being shown, you should pack them up. Don’t forget to put toys and food bowls away.

Since not everyone loves pets as much as you do, it’s a good idea to erase evidence that they live there.

Handling Showings

When showings and open houses are going on, get your pets out of the house. Your neighbor might be happy to take them, or you might want to board them professionally. You don’t want your pets trying to escape their kennels during the time when someone is looking at your house.

For example, maybe you can put them in the basement and leave a few notes if necessary. You never know how your animals will react to unfamiliar people, especially if you are not there when they pet your pet. In your note, warn visitors that they shouldn’t pet your pet even if they are friendly.

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Kevin is the co-owner of Brilliant Day Homes, and primary author of the Brilliant Day Blog. He grew up around real estate investing and spent summers working on rental properties for his dad, who runs a home renovation company with Kevin's brother. He enjoys spending time with his wife Savannah, and children Isaac and Amelia. He also has a passion for volunteering and usually spends several hours each week doing so.