Pet owners have an extra challenge when putting their Calgary house up for sale.
When listing your home, it's crucial that it appeals to a wide range of people.
And not everyone is a fan of cats, dogs, birds or even fish!
Lingering animal smells and fur can be a big turn-off for would-be buyers.
It's super important that you remove all signs of your furry friends before showings.
Here are 7 steps pet owners can take to make their home more appealing to pet-adverse home buyers.
1. Take a close look at your backyard!
Does your dog bury more bones than they munch on? Start at the perimeter of your yard and circle inward to find your pup's landscaping efforts and fill them in.
2. Pick up ALL the poop!
One mis-step can ruin a buyer's impression of your yard, and possibly home. Make sure your entire yard is clear of any pet-related landmines.
3. Check for chew marks.
Inspect your fencing, deck and porch for any marks from scratching or chewing. Most can be erased with elbow grease and a bit of sandpaper.
4. Hide the evidence.
Collect your pet's toys, bowls, beds and litter boxes and keep them out of sight. Hide pet photos for now, too.
5. Get a second opinion.
Pet people have a tendency to get used to the smell of their beloved pets. Have a trusted friend come by to sniff out any animal scents you may have become accustomed to. Light candles, open windows or hire a professional carpet cleaning crew to deodorize your home.
6. Take a look at your floors.
Have claws scratched up your lovely hardwood floors? Ask your Realtor if professional resurfacing might be a good idea.
7. Don't leave pets home during showings.
Not only is there a chance they may bolt through an open door when strangers stroll around, there's also a liability issue. It may be a good idea to temporarily relocate exotic critters, such as snakes or tarantulas.
Following these 7 steps will go a long way to make pet-adverse home buyers feel comfortable in your home.
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