Open House & Showing Appointments: Pet Preparations

You want to make a fabulous first impression when buyers come to see your home. Serious buyers are instinctively looking for negatives; every bad thing in their mind equals a decreased value.

You’ve spruced, picked up, and cleaned. You’ve cut the grass, pulled the weeds, and planted new flowers. Your last chore is to de-pet your home.

First off, read Prevent “Pet-itis” When Selling Your Home. It’s a fact: if your house smells like pets, you’re not going to sell it. Be sure the inside smells as good as it looks.

Next, go outside and remove any evidence that a pet lives in your home (a.k.a., pet poo). The last thing you want is for an excited buyer to step in a nasty surprise while walking around your yard.

While a buyer is visiting your home, have all your pets incognito. Fido, Fluffy and Polly must be away from the property. This is very important, and sellers can botch a sale by having their pets ‘meet and greet’ buyers. The future owner of your home may hate pets, be terrified of being attacked, or be allergic. They may believe that animals should not be in the home. Pack them up in your vehicle and go for a drive, or visit family. If your lifestyle makes it impossible to be there to remove your pets, consider letting your pet grandpa or auntie arrange a long-term visit while selling your home.

Remove all food dishes, doggie beds, kitty toys, bones, pet food, etc. during the visit. Pack them in the trunk of your car, or put them inside a dog crate in the garage or closet and cover the crate.

Proper pet preparation takes time and patience. The things you do to ensure your pets stay safe and out of the way is well worth the effort.