So what can you do to make selling your house easier when you have four-legged (or feathered, or finned) family members?
Selling a House With Pets: Why it’s Tougher Than Selling One When You Don’t Have Pets
Some buyers just aren’t comfortable around animals, whether they’re dogs, cats, or anything else. Seeing a pet in a home can put them off, whether they’re afraid, nervous, or just inexperienced. Some pets are an acquired taste, too; buyers may not want to see a big python curled in a terrarium or a ferret hopping around in its three-story cage.
Do You Have to Send Away Your Pets When You Sell Your Home?
You don’t have to send your pets to stay with your parents or board them at a kennel, although it may be easier to sell your house if you do.
Instead, make sure that no matter what you do, keep all their accessories—from puppy pads to litterboxes—out of sight and spotlessly clean. Nobody wants to open a door and have the smell of a litterbox smack them in the face.
You do have to take your pets out of the house when people are coming to see it, though (well, leave the fish and the bird… but probably not the python). You can’t just put them in another room or the garage and close the door—buyers are there to look at your home, and they’re not going to buy it if they haven’t had a chance to see some parts of it.
You’ll also have to remove the signs that you have a pet, because some buyers just aren’t “animal people.” Put away all the pet toys, food and water bowls, and scratching posts. Pack up your cages and carriers, too.
Are You Selling Your Home in Port Aransas or North Padre Island?
If you’re selling your home, we’d love to help you do so quickly and at the right price. We’ll be happy to give you a free comparative market analysis so you know exactly how much your home is worth. While you’re here, you can also download our free home-selling eBook and read our useful tips for selling your home faster.
When you’re ready, call us at 361-563-7788 or contact us online to find out how we can help you sell your home in Port Aransas or North Padre Island.