a little You wouldn’t give up your pet for the world, but when it comes to selling your luxury La Quinta home on the real estate market, things can get a little hairy with them involved. Even the most well-behaved pet can leave their mark on a home after living in it for years, and a pet that’s more rambunctious can leave far more than that in their wake. However, all is not lost – you can clean up pet damage from a home before it goes on the real estate market, without having to break the bank.
Don’t Just Shampoo the Carpets
A professional carpet cleaner is a good start but your pet cleaning efforts shouldn’t stop there. You’ve got to take in the whole picture when it comes to cleaning your home: start with the carpets, then move on to the walls, the floors, the furniture, the ventilation, your yard – the list goes on. It can take some time and require some serious elbow grease, but your results will show when it comes to putting your home on the market – especially if you go the extra mile. Erasing pet dander from your home will endear you to potential homebuyers with allergies, and is simply good business sense when it comes to making your home look (and smell) as good as new.
When In Doubt, Rip It Out
Sometimes, there’s no getting around it – you’ve got to rip out the damage and replace the item entirely. If you try to cover up set-in carpet stains with furniture, you’ll get found out sooner or later, whether it’s at an open house when a buyer moves a suspiciously-placed coffee table, or when a buyer moves in to see the true extent of the damage. Know when you’ve been beat, and don’t hesitate to re-carpet floors, re-finish hardwood, re-install drywall, or re-plant your yard. While many homeowner’s insurance plans don’t cover pet damage, the out-of-pocket investment is worth it in the long run. You’ll save yourself a lot of hassle in trying to repair or cover up damage, and more importantly, potentially save yourself some legal fees.
Disguise Your Pet’s Presence
If prospective homebuyers see evidence of pets in your home, they’ll start looking for pet damage. Therefore, make it look like the home is animal-free – and keep all five senses in mind. Clear out visual evidence, such as toys, beds, bowls, and hairy furniture. Your nose may be too used to the various smells that come part and parcel of pet ownership, so on top of your cleaning duties and invest in air fresheners and other smell-disguising tools to keep your home smelling like fresh flowers, instead of a fresh litterbox.
For open houses, you’ll want to keep your pets out of proceedings altogether – all that coming and going of guests is stressful, and you don’t want to have to deal with constant barking or escape attempts on top of entertaining buyers. Leave them with a friend or family member, or board them at the vet or a local kennel for the day – you’ll both be thankful.
Pets are an irreplaceable part of our lives, but they don’t have to leave a permanent mark on your home. While you do need to disclose the presents of pets to a prospective buyer, with a little work, you can make your property look as good as new when it goes on the real estate market, and get the price you really deserve.