If you own a pet, you're likely to consider him or her part of the family. But potential homebuyers may not share your sentiments. Even homeowners with the most beautiful home on the block could face negative feedback from buyers who view their pet as a distraction or a nuisance. Just as you may stage your home to remove some of your personal belongings, it's important to remove evidence of your pets when potential buyers come for a showing.
Nix all odors
Be extra diligent about cleaning your home to remove any foul odors. Mildew and animal feces are the most common turnoffs to buyers. After you've thoroughly cleaned your home inside and out, ask a friend to give your house the sniff test. Don't forget to touch up before a showing or open house.
Remove hair and dander
According to AOL Real Estate, approximately 15 percent of the population is allergic to dogs and cats. Therefore, you'll want to remove as much pet hair and dander as possible. Get your carpets and upholstered furniture professionally cleaned and also consider getting your air ducts cleaned.
Fix the damages
If your pet has caused visible damage to your home or yard by digging holes in the ground or chewing furniture, for example, you should fix or remove evidence. You don't want to give your buyers a reason to wonder what other damage your pet may have done to the house.
Find a reliable pet sitter
It's also highly recommended that you remove your pets from the home during a showing or open house. Many boarding kennels offer daily "daycare" rates for dogs and cats, so your pets can remain safe and potential buyers can tour your home without any distractions. If you must leave your dog or cat in the home, keep them contained in a kennel, and make sure that the real estate agent and buyer know your pet is home.