How to Stage a Home with Pets
These days, pets are a driving force in the home-buying market. Renters, tired of oversized pet fees and undersized backyards, are looking for homes to fit their entire family -- four-legged members included. In fact, as The Mortgage Reports writes, pets play a bigger role in Millennials' decision to buy homes than marriage or kids.
Pet-friendly amenities like a walkable neighborhood, nearby multi-use trails, and a fenced backyard make a home appeal to pet owners. However, even the most doting pet parents can be turned away if a home has pet-related damage or odors. If you're selling a home where pets live, there are a few things you can do to ensure your pets don't have a negative impact on your home's value.
First, focus on pet-related damages to your home's interior. If you've raised a rambunctious kitten or puppy in your home, it's possible there are scratches and chew marks hidden around the house. Carefully inspect baseboards and door trim for signs of chewing and take a close look at the flooring for scratches caused by your pet's nails. If you find damage, don't panic — as long as the scratches are shallow, it's an easy fix.
Scratches in flooring can be buffed out or filled with wood filler or seam sealer, depending on the flooring type. The same strategy is applied for nicks in wood trim. After a scratch is filled, sand it so it's even with the surrounding surface and stain or paint it to match the original color. If trim damage is extensive, it may be better to replace the section of trim.
Carpet stains are another common issue for pet owners. While you know that dirty paws and house training accidents come with the territory of pet ownership, you also recognize that clean, well-maintained floors are a priority for prospective buyers. Before you take a hot water extractor to your carpet, spot-treat pet stains with an enzyme-based cleaning solution to eliminate odors. If you're not sure where pet stains may be hiding, follow Labrador Training HQ's advice and use an inexpensive UV light to locate old urine stains.
Whether pets are allowed on furniture or not, fur and dander can settle onto upholstery. Use the upholstery attachment to your vacuum cleaner to remove fur and spot-clean any stains you see. While your home is on the market, use slipcovers between showings to keep pet fur off of furniture.
If you're not sure if something is worth repairing, think about what you're looking for as you shop for your own new home. Would that scratch or scuff leave you questioning how well a home has been maintained, or would it not factor into your offer price? If something would affect your impression of a house, it's likely to impact how buyers value your home.
In addition to these steps, schedule a whole-home cleaning before you start showing your home. Whether you own pets or not, clean and clutter-free are the most important things your home should be when it's time to sell. Include a laundering of throw blankets, curtains, bedding, and other soft surfaces to eliminate odors and make your home hospitable to allergy sufferers. While PetMD’s cleaning tips are written for families hosting house guests with allergies, they're equally helpful for reducing allergens in a home you're selling.
Finally, when it's time to show your home, remember that not all buyers are pet-friendly. While it's fine to disclose that pets are part of your household, buyers shouldn't be greeted by your four-legged family members when they walk in the door. Board your pets on the day of showings or otherwise arrange for pets to be out of the house to be considerate of buyers with allergies or other aversions to pets.
These may seem like minor details, but when it comes to selling your home, little things can make a big difference. While the median home sale price in Hendersonville, North Carolina, is $242,000 and rising, there's no guarantee that your home will fetch top dollar. Staging is an important part of maximizing your home's value and attracting buyers who are willing and able to meet your asking price.
Article provided by Medina at DogEtiquette.info.
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July 31, 2017
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