1. Street Appeal - A buyer's first impression is formed right at the curb. Make sure that it is a positive one. Take a moment and put yourself in the shoes of a buyer and pretend that you are seeing your property for the first time. Fill holes, pick up animal waste, repair fences, and repaint the front door if heavily soiled by pets. Taking your pet out for a daily stroll will help keep your pet happy and less destructive.
2. Remove Pet Odours - Going over your house with the same level of detachment and focus used outside to locate inside smells. Smell is particularly noteworthy and many times it is the #1 reason purchasers fail to make an offer. Spot treatment and clean kitty litter boxes will help. You may need a friend to come over and give you a hand or rather a "nose" many owners get desensitized to odours. Have your floors and carpets professionally cleaned with the goal of pet smell removal. Where a professional cleaning is not enough, consult with your real estate agent about replacing the flooring.
3. Showings - if you can remove your pets during showings do so. This is a lot to ask I know. There is, however, nothing worst than having a dog growling, barking or jumping all over the buyers at a showing. Many people are allergic to cats and to some to dogs. If you cannot take them out of the house, confine them into a small place and let the real estate agent know where they are located. Some owners will relocate their pets during the showing period to a trusted friend or family member this has some merit but I understand for many this is not an option.
4. Chewing and Scratching Damage - while recognizing that they are still a loved pet, they can create a fair amount of damage in a home. This may include furniture, scratched walls, doors, and floors. Weather stripping at the threshold is often a common problem and usually a cheap one to fix. Work and replacement may be needed to restore the house. Once again get the advice of your real estate agent. How much work needs to be done is dependent upon many property variables.
5. Check Your Insurance - If you are leaving your pets at home during a showing, check with your house insurer, make sure that you are not opening yourself up to liability. Ensure your coverage does not exclude you from dog bite coverage.
6. Take Down Your Pet Pictures - It is common practise to "depersonalize" a house for sale by taking down family portraits and replacing them with art pieces. This allows the buyer greater ability to imagine the property as theirs. Similarly, removal of pet pictures, tools, mats etc. will move the buyer closer to making a decision to purchase.
7. Introduce Your Pets - to your real estate agent and familiarize him/her about your pet's behavior and how they are likely to react if they are at home during a showing. Let your agent know how important they are to you. Spending some time at the onset to cover the marketing process, expectations on pet management, and other items formed from the points above will go a long way to a successful sale.
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