When is your pet not your best friend? When you want to stage your home to sell. What does having pets have to do with selling your home?
Purchasing a home requires a certain amount of sensory perception. Your buyers need to emotionally connect with a home. Your home needs to smell good and look good.
Scents and smells
If your home has strong unattractive smells, it can send your potential buyers straight to the next home. No one is telling you to give up your pet to sell your home. However, you do need to be pro-active when it comes to your pets and making your home more appealing to your buyers.
We all love our own pets. However, your potential buyers may not want to be reminded of your particular pet living in a home they are trying to envision themselves in. Your potential buyers may or may not be pet lovers. Regardless, your prospective buyers may not be interested in your home if it bears too strong a mark of your pet.
You can become very desensitized to the aromas associated with your pets in your home. Do your carpets reek of that wet-fur smell? Can your buyers smell the litter pan before they even see it because it is so full? Has your pet christened certain areas of the carpet or floor to mark as their territory?
Do you have visual pet clutter? Are your pet’s food dishes on your kitchen countertops? Do you have a cat tree set up in front of a window that’s blocking a beautiful view? Is your dog’s bed strategically visible in a room? Do you have pet toys strewn about the home? Is your mudroom actually muddy from your pet’s paws?
when Staging to sell
Your home should not scream out that you have pets. You should have very little visual pet evidence in your home. And most especially, you should not have obvious indications of your pets in the most prime locations of your home such as the kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Make sure there are good aromas associated with your home, not bad pet odors. You will want to go through your home and make sure your home is not sending out a pet-overload signal. Unless of course, you are not interested in selling your home for the most amount of money in the least amount of time.