Your home should look perfect when potential buyers come to see it. After all, first impression should be the best impression. If you are holding your house open, you need to be even more careful because a lot of people will be visiting your home.
Keeping your home clean and organized can be a little difficult if you have pet animals or birds. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before showing your house if you keep pets.
Let your agent know that you keep pets
If you keep pets let your agent know about it. This is especially important if the animals will be present during the showings.
Try to keep your pets away
Potential buyers may not enjoy the presence of pet animals when they come to see the house. In addition, dogs can easily startle them. So during showings, try to keep your pets away. Let them stay at your friend’s or relative’s place. If that is not possible, make sure that your pets are properly secured. If you have larger pets like dogs, you should secure them outside. You can keep smaller pets in a kennel inside the home. Don’t lock them up in a room. The visitors would want to see all rooms in the house.
Don’t let them roam around
You might assume that small animals like cats and rabbits should be allowed to roam free when buyers come to see your house. This is a mistake. The buyer may not share your liking for the pets. Some even detest their presence. And there are people who have allergies. The pets, too, may get scared of strangers and run away. By properly securing them, you can ensure their safety. Your visitors will be grateful to you for saving them from unpleasant surprises.
It is hard to remove stains caused by animal urine so you will probably need to get your carpets cleaned by a professional. Some stains cannot be removed. In that case, consider replacing the carpet.
Odor can be a big problem if you have pets. Hardwood and concrete surfaces absorb smell. So if your pet urinates on your carpet, simply removing it may not help because the foul odor will still remain. In this case, you will have to use special cleaners that remove both the smell and the stains. If you keep rabbits or lizards, their cages should be cleaned thoroughly. Clean cat litter boxes daily.
Foul odor will immediately put off visitors. So if you are serious about selling the house, you need to ensure that it smells good. Ask a friend or a relative who doesn’t have pets to come over and inspect the house. They will easily pick up smells you might otherwise miss.
Ensure proper ventilation
Keep your windows open during the day. Proper ventilation is absolutely necessary to remove the stale air inside. There are also some other techniques you can employ to make your house smell good. Air fresheners might help, but some people may be allergic to them. A safe alternative is to try some cooking. You can perhaps bake some cookies. Let the aroma fill the air.