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Home selling addressing pet damage before selling your home

Addressing Pet Damage Before Selling Your Home

Our pets become a part of our family from the moment they enter our homes. Impossible not to fall in love with a bundle of fur that wants nothing more than for you to stay home all day snuggling, going on walks, and playing simple games. Pets, however, become something of an issue as soon as one is looking to sell a home. If you are in the position of selling a home with pets, then you might understand exactly what we are talking about.

Fixing & Cleaning

Some of the first things to consider when trying to sell a home with pets is whether or not – or how much – home repair due to pet activity needs to take place. Although they are full of love, pets unfortunately do not come equipped with a consideration of whether or not their claws are doing damage to furniture and floors. They do not care if they shed. They do not think the holes they dug in the garden are unattractive in any way.

Take a walk through your home. Are there deep gouges out of the hardwood floors? Has a corner of the couch been chewed away? These are the sorts of things that might land unfavorably in the minds of potential buyers, and so should be addressed as soon as possible. Vacuuming the floors is essential as well, especially if you’ve got pets with long hair that tends, as pet hair does, to collect in the corners, underneath the couches, and basically every other surface.

Damaged furniture should likewise be tended to. This means you might be looking at either repairing, storing, or throwing away certain objects that you might otherwise value. A couch with a massive amount of cat hair clinging to the cushions will only detract from the charm of your for-sale home, as will a chair arm coated in dog drool.

When it comes to the yard, the same attention to detail should be observed. If you are in the habit of letting your pets use your yard as their bathroom, make sure that everything is properly picked up and disposed of. Nobody enjoys getting poo on their shoe. If you’ve got animals that enjoy digging holes or depositing dead animals on the doorstep, these are also things you will want to address. Buying some topsoil for the holes, fixing the damaged plants in the garden, and perhaps burying the mice or birds captured by your companion will go a long way towards making the yard a more inviting place when the open house comes along.

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