By Michael Hughes October 1, 2010
Are you trying to sell your home in Boulder? Does your house smell like dogs, cats or gerbels in any form? Are cat boxes out? Has the dog made the backyard a non negotiable obstacle course? Clean it up! Now! Is your home safe for buyers to be there, with your pets, when you are not there?
We all love our pets but a couple things every home seller must be brutally honest about – are my pets stinking up my home and making it hard for buyers to see or concentrate on my home? More specifically:
1. Are there pet stains on your carpet?
Does your house smell like dog pee, cat poop or hamster? If it does, clean it up immediately, deodorize it or move it. Have your carpets professionally cleaned or replaced. Clean the cat box the backyard and the hamster cage daily! This is not an option if you want to get your home sold.
2. Is your home safe for buyers to be there, with your pets, when you are not there? If the answer is Yes – you are good to go.
Your hamster is cozy in his cage and his wheel is well oiled with WD40. Your cat is happy to nap on the bed and is not an escape artist ready to dart out any time the door opens. You don’t have to make buyers wait for you to run home and get the pets ready. As the saying goes time kills deals, even a little time and if the buyer can’t see the home it is soon forgotten.
If the answer is No, then consider the following.
Make a safe area in your home where you can temporarily confine your pet – so they are safe and visiting buyers are safe. Crate your dog and confine your cat. Sometimes even cats attack surprised home buyers, check this out:
Of course we love our pets – But Potential Buyers May Not
If your pets are large, vicious, scared, overly affectionate, pee when visitors arrive, or have any behavioral or personality or physical characteristics that might put someone off, consider relocating them to a safe environment. Perhaps your mother-in-laws house. Just temporarily, until your home sells. Put them in the laundry room, or in the kitchen with a baby gate. Or in the backyard. Just think about how much easier it is buyers to see your home when it is convenient for them, rather than when it is convenient for your pet(s).
I can help you. If you have questions about this article or anything give me a call anytime. Michael Hughes-Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty 303-359-6627 or you can visit my website at www.BolderRealEstate.com