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Your Pets May Be Affecting Your Homes Marketability


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We all love our furry friends, but did you know they may be reducing your home’s marketability. Just over 63% of US households have at least one pet, leaving over one third of non-pet owners in the buying market. Non-pet owners are often allergic to pets or simply do not prefer the presence of pets in their home. The good news is you don’t need to get rid of your dog or cat for your home appeal to a non-pet owner. Here are some tips to help “de-pet” your home for your upcoming home sale.

  1. Deodorize

“Pet smell” is one of the most common first indications to touring buyers that a pet dwells at the home. For many non-pet owners, the shear smell of a previous animal may turn them away from even making an offer on a property they’re interested in. Invest in pet deodorizing products that can help eliminate the pet smell from your home. Depending on the circumstance, it may be worth a few hundred dollars to professional hire a cleaner who offers in pet deodorization service.

  1. Thoroughly Clean

Deep clean the interior of your home from top to bottom. Pet fur is another easy indicator a pet lives at the property even if there is little to no observable “pet smell”. Regardless of a pet’s presence, the cleanliness of a home greatly impacts the perception of the homes value. Consider focusing on the following areas which regularly indicate pets:

  • Flooring (carpet, hardwood, tile, etc.)
  • Ventilation systems (heating ducts, cold air returns, fans, etc.)
  • Furniture
  • Walls
  • Dusting (counter tops, shelves, light fixtures, fans, etc.)
  • Glass doors/windows
  1. Repair Pet Damages

Pets often cause damage to atheistic features of your home over time; however, these damages are often minor and relatively inexpensive to repair. Maybe your cat always scratches the bottom of your laundry room door, or your dog chews on your table chairs. Regardless of your pet’s habit, pay attention to their actions and repair their damages. Here are a few areas to reflect:

  • Carpet
  • Screen doors
  • Blinds/curtains
  • Base boards
  1. Don’t Forget the Exterior

If you don’t already do so, walk around the yard and clean up all of your pet’s waste. Make sure this is especially well-cleaned in the front yard area. Buyers may cut through the front yard when coming to an open house or individual tour of the home. Stepping in doggy do-do may not only upset to potential buyer, but will easily indicate the presence of a family pet. Also, if you have a “digger”, make sure to fill in all of the holes in the yard!

  1. Box Up Pet Belongings

Temporarily box up all of your pet’s leashes, toys, and treats in a storage container. That way when you have planned buyer traffic you can easily load up your pet’s belongings and your pet during the showing.

  1. Take Your Pet During Buyer-Traffic

It is recommended to take your pet with you during a showing or open house. This may not always be possible depending on your schedule; however, a pet can be distracting during a showing and eradicate the purpose of the previous steps. Contact a neighbor or close friend before you put your house on the market and ask them to watch your pet during showings. You could also drop them off at a pet hotel as a temporary option as well.

Brought to you by:
Austin Solomon, Realtor | Coldwell Banker Action, Schofield, WI

Home Selling

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Home Look Worth More


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Put your best foot forward when selling your home. Here are a few helpful tips that may improve your home’s value before selling.

1. Temporarily remove outdated furniture

Although it may be important to you, at some point it becomes a distraction to your home. Temporarily removing your dated furniture can help rooms appear larger by simplifying the space. This can indirectly increase the perceived value of your home.

Hint: More is not better when it comes to furniture. Avoid overcrowding your room with too many furniture pieces or decor items, it can make the room feel smaller.

2. Update light fixtures

Old light fixtures can change the look of the spaces in your home. It’s important to updated outdated lights with vibrant bright lights that illuminate the space and create an ambiance that correlates with the color pallet and mood of each room.

3. Add some texture

Enhance your walls with narrow strips of molding called “picture framing”. This can give your walls a luxurious look and feel, while enhancing the rooms symmetry and perceived cleanliness.

4. Add a backsplash

Add a backsplash in your kitchen and bathrooms. Use that accent to tie in other accent items in the room, such as plant holders, decorative dishes, etc.

5. Amp up your entry

Spend some time enhance your walkway and exterior entrance to your home. This will dramatically increase your homes curb appeal.

As always, each home and selling situation is unique. Consult your Realtor to come up with the best plan for your needs and work together to prepare your home for selling. Have a question, contact Austin today!

Brought to you by:
Austin Solomon, Realtor | Coldwell Banker Action, Schofield, WI