When we have pets, they quickly become a part of our family.  But when it comes to selling your home, potential buyers may not be impressed by the presence of your four-legged family member. When you decide to put the house on the market, you need to do some serious housecleaning and repair work before you can command a competitive price. Selling a home for actual listing price is hard enough, but it can be even more difficult for those homeowners who have pets. Below are some of the best tips on how to sell a home with pets.

When selling a home, a possible solution to having your pets negatively impact your home sale is to relocate them.  It’s not easy for a pet owner to allow their pets to live other places than their home, however, it may make a big difference. If you have a friend or family member that you are comfortable leaving your animal with, it will give you the chance to eliminate all of the signs of having a pet in the house and avoid the pet causing further issues.  Be sure speak with your veterinarian before making major decisions about relocating your pet, however.

At the very least, you should remove your pets from your home when you are showing it. While your buyers may be pet friendly, there is always a chance that they are allergic, they may not like animals, or are even afraid of your pet. If you aren’t able to have your pet out of the home, make sure to have them either in a crate, or secured in a specific space.  Have your realtor make notes of this in your showing instructions as well, so that there are no surprises. One of the things you should do if you own a dog is check your home insurance policy and make sure that it does not exclude dog bite coverage, especially if you are unable to remove your dog for showings.

Before you list your home for sale, if your furry friend has damaged your home, make sure you correct it. While this may not apply to every pet owner, some pets make it a habit to destroy our homes. A homes flooring is one of the most frequently damaged areas of a home.  If your pet has damaged your carpeting or floors, make sure you have this addressed before potential buyers begin walking through your home.

Before your house goes on the market, make sure that it gets a deep cleaning, behind all furniture, all closets, under all beds, etc.  You may even want to hire a professional cleaning service to come in and give it a good once-over. One of the top ways to scare away a potential home buyer is with foul odors.  After your house is deep cleaned it’s much easier to tidy up in a hurry. 

Pick up any messes in the yard. You never get a second chance to make a first impression!   Curb appeal is important to buyers, so make sure that all outside areas of your home are pet free as well.  Make sure you don’t neglect the yard as this is just important to some buyers as the inside of the home.

As a fellow pet owner, I understand the difficulty in working around their needs when selling your home. We don't want to displace our animals, but also need to keep long-term goals in mind for short-term inconveniences. 

So, if you’re a pet owner, before you list your home for sale, make sure you take the time to prepare your home and also understand what selling a home with pets may involve. By correctly following the above tips on how to sell a home with pets, you will greatly increase the chance that you have a successful home selling experience. Contact us if you have any questions, and let us know if you have any other tips!