Staging A Home Without Leaving Any Signs Of Your Pet

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Selling a home is a big job, and it requires quite a lot of work over a period of many months in order to get it just right for a potential buyer. Many sellers spend thousands of dollars on upgrades, updates and home improvements that will make their house more attractive, but if they don’t take steps to remove any traces of their pet, it could be a wasted effort.

Pets are one of the biggest reasons a potential homebuyer will look elsewhere, either because they are afraid of the potential damage they’ll find or because they automatically assume that a home with a dog will have stains and odors that will be hard to get rid of.

Fortunately, there are several simple things you can do to make your home look pet-free for buyers, and it’s important that you do them if you want to sell your house in a timely fashion. Look at your home through fresh eyes: What will a buyer see when they walk in? What will they smell? Don’t just look inside your home, either -- make an effort to clean up the back yard and repair any damage your pup has done over the years.

Here are a few tips on how to beautifully stage your home even if you have pets.

Get a sitter

One of the best ways to keep a buyer happy is to relocate your pet while your home is on the market. Either invest in a dog-sitter or board him for a little while. Not only will this put a buyer’s mind at ease, it will also allow you to take care of the details of selling your home without worrying about cleaning up after your pup everyday.

Make it smell good

Your home won’t sell if there are bad odors in the air, drapes or carpets, so make sure you have your furniture and floors steam-cleaned to remove those pet smells and dander. It might even help to invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter to take care of hair and other debris that your pet has brought into your home. If odors still linger, consider using a vinegar-based cleaning solution to get rid of it. Click here for more great cleaning tips.

Make it like he was never there

It’s important to remove all traces of your dog, not just the odors and hair. That means cleaning up toys, food dishes, bedding and dog-specific items in the backyard and keeping them safely put away. Pro tip: Don’t just stash them in a closet because buyers open closets.

Clean up the yard

Even the most well-behaved dog might be a digger and sometimes energetic playtime outside can lead to trampled flower beds or worn dirt paths that kill the grass. Take some time to look over your yard and fill in any holes, lay fresh sod, repair any damage to the fencing and do a little landscaping that will add resale value to your home. Go here for more info on staging your yard.

Clean out the vents

In addition to making sure your heating and air system is in great shape, it’s always a good idea to check your vents to clean out any buildup of pet hair or debris. There’s nothing more embarrassing than watching a potential homebuyer check on these things before you can get to them and finding what you missed!

Staging your home without leaving any signs of a pet can be a big job, so it’s best to walk from room to room and make sure you start early enough that you have plenty of time to get it done before buyers start making their way through. Make a checklist of all the tasks you need to get done and enlist friends and family to help.

Written by guest blogger: Paul Denikin