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How to Sell a Home with Pets

A question we hear often at Model My Home is, ”How do you sell a Home with Pets?” According to a 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), sixty-eight percent of U.S. households own a pet. In fact, if you’re a Realtor®, there’s a high probability you have listed or shown a home with pets.

At Model My Home we are frequently asked to prepare Occupied Homes for market, and many of these homes have pets. These pet occupied homes present unique opportunities while listing a home for sale. While pets offer the invaluable benefit of adding quality to our lives and emotional support to us, they can, unfortunately, be distracting when it comes time to selling a home.

The goal of house showings is to help the potential buyer envision themselves living there and help them emotionally connect with the space. If there are pet toys lying around, barking dogs, kitty litter tossed about, the smell of animal urine, etc. it can be a significant barrier to a future home buyer.

Helpful solutions for How to Sell a Home with Pets:

Deep Clean – It’s time for a deep clean. Market Research indicates buyers will pay more for properties that have been well cared for, are in good condition, and are turn-key. Pets naturally shed and have dandruff. To get TOP DOLLAR in the FASTEST TIME for your listing it’s important to remove all the fur, stains, and create a clean slate for the future owners.

Remove Wear and Tear from Pets – Pets are family too and there will be wear in the house from pets. Make sure all carpet and wood floors have been cleaned and updated, walls, molding, and exterior doors have been painted, back door glass cleaned, tile floors steamed, repair the yard of any grass damage, etc.

Remove Pets for Showings – The objective for showings is for the potential buyers to connect with the property. Many times when a stranger is in the home it can stress the pet. It’s best for the purpose of selling a property for TOP DOLLAR that pets are removed during showings.

Hide the Evidence – While the Home is on the market it is important to keep all pet products discreetly hidden out of sight. Keep dog toys put away, have the kitty litter box concealed and cleaned daily, etc. The goal is for potential buyers to be unaware that pets live in the home.

Developing a winning strategy for selling a home with pets guarantees a faster sale with wagging tails and happy hearts for all involved. Do you have a successful strategy for selling a home with pets? We’d love to hear about it!

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