How to Sell Your House with Pets

Advice from our friends at HomeLight.

Animals are adorable in almost any situation that doesn’t involve selling an expensive piece of property. Yes, there is a moment when a person might see your furry best friend and instantly feel turned off. Selling your home is a tricky business, and the added bonus of owning an animal, or animals, can elevate the difficulty of the entire process. Luckily, it’s not impossible to sell your home quickly and at a worthwhile price if you're a long time pet owner. But it does mean that you’ll have to do some extra planning. Here’s a few tips that we’ve come up with to help you sell your house with pets:

Make a plan far in advance

Not everyone has the luxury of being able to plan their move long before they actually do so. However, if you own pets, when it comes to selling your home, you should start planning as soon as possible. Pinpoint a date you plan to be out of the house by and schedule cleanings and pet transportation around those times. If you can, talk to friends and relatives about letting your pets stay at their homes during the moving process.

Relocate your pets until you’re ready to move in

Moving is an incredibly stressful experience, especially for animals who can’t quite understand all of the chaos around them. Keeping them at a friend’s or a relative’s while you pack up and show the house will prevent them from experiencing a potential load of emotional distress. Additionally, keeping your pets away from the house while potential buyers view it is a plus in and of itself. Not only does it make the house seem more presentable (yes, we also can’t believe we just said that), but it also erases the threat of a buyer experiencing any allergic reactions or worse, a bite from your animal who mistakes him or her for an intruder. If you can remove your pet from the situation, at least temporarily, everyone involved will benefit.  

Clean, clean, and clean some more

Those stains from when your puppy had an accident aren’t going to go away on their own. We highly recommend bringing in the professionals, especially if you have a few furry friends living among you. Pet stains caused by accidents often need a special treatment to fully remove the stain and sanitize the area. Further, pets shed both fur and dander, which a lot of people are allergic to. Call a cleaning company that specializes in pet treatment so that you can be sure that no pet-related messes will impede the selling process.

Have a conversation with your real estate agent

It’s easy to oversee the fact that our furry best friends can be a factor that deters people from wanting to buy the house, but that’s just the fact of the matter. We suggest speaking to a top Realtor about how to move forward with selling your house with pets. They have the experience and objective eye to make worthwhile suggestions.

We hope that this post was a helpful resource to all who own pets and who want to sell their home. Don’t have a pet and would love to adopt a furry best friend from a shelter that seeks to both rescue stray and abandoned dogs as well as educate the public on change? Learn more about Sochi Dogs and adopt today!