By: Irene Bilinski
Selling Your Home When You're A Pet Lover
Tags: Ottawa Real Estate, Selling Your Home When You Have a Pet , Ottawa Homes, MLS Ottawa
I’m an animal lover but I can say that I’m quite uncomfortable with snakes and such. So when I arrive at a house for a showing, I’m a little hesitant to enter the premises. A potential buyer might also be uncomfortable even though their fears might be different from mine. Maybe they are afraid of dogs, cats, birds or other household pets.
If you are a pet owner? How does that impact the selling of your home. Working with many pet owners, this question comes up often. I understand the added stress of keeping a home looking presentable when there is a furry friend working against you. I also understand that just as the selling process is disruptive to us humans, this can also cause anxiety for your pet.
If you’re planning to sell your home and want to make it the most saleable it can be and also as stress-free as possible for all the members of your family, including the furry ones.
You'll have to consider that some people have pet allergies. So it’s very important to ensure that the house has been completely vacuumed and the pets be sent to a family member or friend for a showing.
But rest assured, there are a few steps you can take that don’t involve saying goodbye to your beloved family friend in order to maintain the value of your investment:
- You will want to thoroughly clean your home before putting it on the market, with extra attention paid to your floors. It may also be wise to call in a professional to help you with this task.
- As pet owners, we often don’t notice the odours from our own animals within our home; we have gotten used to them, get a friend to come in and let you know if they smell your pet.
- Also, remove (or hide for a bit) all litter boxes and animal toys before anyone comes into the home.
If you have pets in your home and you're thinking of moving. Give me a call at 613-858-1151 and I'll be glad to talk to you about home pet care while selling your home.