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For many people, their pets really become members of their family. They could no more get rid of their pet than they could their child, no matter how much money it might save. Additionally, the health benefits of owning a pet are well documented. Despite all the positives of pet ownership, the unfortunate reality is that pets can have a negative impact on your home’s resale value. Dogs and cats can scratch up flooring, doors and trim, and most pets can leave behind odors that become almost invisible to homeowners, but are readily apparent to those looking at your home. Following a few simple steps can help mitigate these extra losses pet owners can experience on their home value.
The first and most important thing a pet owner can do for their home value is to mitigate pet odors.
Pet odors come from a variety of sources, but they all add up to big problems. Accidents, hair, dander, sweat, body oils and slobber all contribute to the overall pet smells in a home, but they can be dealt with. Make house training your animals a priority, and address accidents promptly and thoroughly. Also keep your pets washed and cleaned on a regular basis. Animals build up body oils naturally, and allowing those oils to rub into carpets and upholstery can also contribute to pet odors.
If you’re just thinking about keeping your house up to snuff for a distant future sale, then be diligent about cleaning up, and cleaning up after, your pets. Regular vacuuming and occasional deep carpet and upholstery cleanings will do wonders to keep the smells in check. If you’re looking at an immanent home sale, then do the same things, but more aggressively. Vacuum repeatedly with odor absorbing powder and frequent bag changes. Follow that with a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning.
Additionally, pets can cause damage to your home by their regular activities. Look for pet damage and consider getting it fixed before buyers start looking at your home. Cats can scratch up trim, while dogs sometimes cause scratches on hardwood floors with their nails simply by walking on them. Most pets are also prone to chewing exposed wood, both inside and out, as well as digging up landscaping. Look over your house with a critical buyer’s eye. If you’re already working with a real estate professional, have them look over your house too and provide feedback.
Finally, avoid the issue all together. By our very nature, people are suggestible. Consider removing any pet damaged furniture and keep pets elsewhere during the time you’re showing your house. While you may miss your family friends during their absence, just seeing evidence of a pet can cause potential buyers to look closer and assume that there are pet smells and damage, thereby reducing any potential offers.
Pets are noble and helpful additions to most households, and with a few precautions, they don’t have to cost you money when it comes time to sell your home.
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