Selling your home is stressful enough but selling one when you have pets can be even more stressful. You probably ask yourself many questions about how will showings work when you have a pet - Do I move the pets out of the house? How do I hide toys and food dishes? Is the odour as bad as the commercials make it seem?
Common advice we often give people who are selling their home with pets is to minimize any signs that there is a pet in your home. Here is what we recommend for staging your home when you own pets:
- Relocate your Pets
Ask friends or family to help or seek out a nearby kennel. Sending them away for long periods of time can be exceedingly difficult, so at minimum you should try to remove your pets during open houses and showings.
- Remove Stains and Odours
Cat litter boxes are a different problem all on their own. The best option, if possible, is to take your litter box outside. If that’s not possible, make sure that it is covered and hidden.
- Remove Damaged Furniture
- Don’t Forget the Yard
- Showcase a Pet-Free Home
A qualified home stager will recommend removing as many personal items as suitable from your home before selling to help create a blank canvas for the next potential owners. For pet owners, this means removing toys, food and water bowls, cages, and scratched posts. Even photos of your pets are not recommended to leave around. Remember, it’s not your home anymore, it’s a potential buyer’s next home, and if that home has a pet in it, they won’t be able to envision themselves living there.
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