7 Easy Tricks to Handle Your Pet When Your House is for Sale

7 Easy Tricks to Handle Your Pet When Your House is for Sale

Guest Blog  by Sarah Zayn – www.DiamondPup.com

Selling a house can be quite a traumatic experience at the best of times. If you have a pet or pets to handle, then the situation can get out of hand in a hurry if you struggle to keep your wits about you especially if you have stains located anywhere. *Applying a neutrelizer for pet odors* is essential. It will help sell the house quickly, and make the smells disappear completely.–. This little article will help you get through it all with your sanity intact! So, what is the big deal with pets and houses for sale? At the outset, let me state unequivocally that pets are a blessing and very much part of our families. It is my personal belief that everyone should strive to get a pet if they have the means and dedication. Your life becomes more fulfilling with a pet in it. However, when you have a house on sale, then pets aren’t quite your best friends. Let me explain why.  

 The Problem With Pets When A House Is For Sale

Some People Don’t Like Pets

Yes, there are people who don’t like pets. The reasons range from an outright dislike since childhood to intrinsic fear. Regardless of their reasons, the point is if they don’t like pets then you’ll be hard-pressed to get them to move in to your place if they see so much as a hint of a pet.  

Some People Can’t Stand The Smell Of A House With Pets in It

As a pet parent, your house may smell completely natural to you, but not to others. The reason for this is something called sensory adaptation. Human beings have this innate ability that helps them adapt and get used to smells, which means that even strong scents and smells will seem normal after a while.  

A House With Pets Can Be Quite Messy

While there are exceptions, it would be safe to say that the average house with pets is definitely at least a little messier than the average house with no pets. From fur to droppings to scratch marks on the walls and furniture, pets can and do make houses a little messy. From a buyer’s perspective, an unclean house with marks all around is a big no-no. And you can handle that a bit by distracting your dog with toys. A border collie lab mix  for example adores toys. You can easily handle him with a lot of toys. Simply put, having a pet (or pets) usually decreases the prospects of selling your house . However, there are ways around this.      

7 Simple Tips To Handle Pets With A House For Sale


1. Brush Your Pets Regularly

Brushing your pets regularly will reduce shedding to a considerable extent. Fur can make your place very messy and could be a big turn-off for potential buyers. It will also save you the hassle of having to sweep or vacuum your place multiple times a day. Mind you, you will still need to clean up your place from time to time. Regularly brushing your pet will just make things easier.  

2. Trim Your Pet’s Nails

Scratches on walls, furniture, carpets and other places may not seem like a big deal to you, but for someone looking to buy a place it is a big deal. Would you buy an untidy house with scratches all over the place? Probably not. Trimming your pet’s nails will mitigate this problem to a considerable extent. Not sure which nail clipper to use? Here are 5 best dog nail clippers to pick up one from.  

3. Remove The Pet Odors And Smells

As already touched upon, this could be a deal breaker. If you have a showing and someone walks in to the terrible smell of cat urine or dog poop, then you will most certainly not get the deal. Find something to remove any traces of pet odors. Avoid using air fresheners. Some people are allergic to them. To test if the place smells “normal”, have someone else come and check it out for you because you will not be able to make out (sensory adaptation).  

4. Take Care Of The Litter Box

Try to keep these out of sight as much as possible. Needless to say, they should be kept impeccably clean. A buyer shouldn’t open the door and be greeted with a stinky litter box. If possible, consider an automatic litter box. Also, litter boxes in bedrooms should be avoided.  

5. Remove All Signs Of A Pet

Put away pet toys; remove their photos from walls, table tops and fridges; and remove any other tell-tale signs. The objective is not to deceive the buyer – it is imperative that the buy has knowledge that pets live or have lived there beforehand. However, they do not need to see it if a person is averse to pets, then even seeing pet photos all over the place will turn them away.  

6.  Do Not Let Pets Loose When You Have Showings

Pets can be unpredictable. The last thing you want is for your pet to prance excitedly around the buyer. Some would suggest creating them, but I am not a fan of this method. For one, it is harsh on the poor animal and for another, the pet may still make noise which will put off the buyer. If it is an option, have someone take the pet out for a walk when you are showing the house to someone. You could also consider borders.  

7.  Market Your House To Fellow Pet Owner

If staying away from your pet during showings or for any length of time is not a viable option for you, or if you find juggling pets and selling houses simultaneously too much of a hassle, you could just market your house to fellow pet owners. Of course, you should keep your house clean and your pets away if possible; they are your pets, not their pets after all. However, a fellow pet owner will be more understanding of your situation and not mind a number of things that a non-pet owner potentially would. Handling your pets with your house on sale doesn’t have to be a daunting task, as you can see. You simply need to be a little understanding and work a little more to ensure that things go smoothly. It has been an enjoyable write-up. Feel free to get in touch if you have any queries. Until next time!

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