Selling Your Home: How Pet-Owners Can Stage For Buyers by Cindy Aldridge

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When it comes to selling a home, preparing it for buyers is one of the biggest factors in whether it sells quickly or stays on the market for a while. It’s important to know what buyers are looking for in your area, such as what they want in the kitchen or bathrooms as well as how to make your home as presentable as possible. Making small repairs, upgrades and renovations will help attract serious buyers and get your home sold in no time.


Not only that, there’s also staging. Staging is a bit different from preparing your home for sale, as it means finding ways to boost the appeal of each room by making it a place potential buyers will want to live in. This can mean any number of things, from cleaning and making sure there are no odors  — an essential project for pet-owners — to removing pieces of furniture to make each room look a little bigger. 


Keep reading for more tips on how to stage your home for buyers.


Put items into storage


As a pet owner, you likely have several items scattered around your home that belong to your furry friend. It’s best to take these and put them into storage while your home is on the market, as any sign of pets in a home will put off potential buyers. From food dishes to toys, these little details will help your buyer see the beauty of your home without any distractions. 


Look for cost-effective fixes


Many pet owners find that there’s some minor damage or wear and tear to their home while preparing it for a sale. Fortunately, there are several easy fixes for these, from repainting to replacing window blinds. Repairing pet damage doesn’t have to be costly. Do some research to find simple, inexpensive ways to make the most of your home.


Deep clean


Even if you keep a clean home, everyday wear can take a toll on carpeting, furniture and even the walls inside your home, especially if you’ve owned a pet for a long time. A good deep cleaning can really make a big difference in turning your home into a showpiece and that means going from room to room and noting everything that needs to be done. Carpets, furniture and drapery should be steam-cleaned if possible to remove pet odors and dander; tile floors should be cleaned as well. Bathrooms and the kitchen are two big selling points in any home and they need to shine. If your home is large or if you don’t have as much time as you’d like to commit to cleaning, consider hiring a professional to help. 




While each room in your home should be decluttered and free of extraneous items such as pet beds and toys, it’s also important to think about how many pieces of furniture are in each area. If you have a lot of bookshelves or tables in the living area, consider moving some of them into storage to make the room appear bigger. It will also help depersonalize so that potential buyers can see what the home will look like with their own belongings.


Selling a home and preparing it for buyers is a big job, and it can be stressful. It’s important to remember to ask for help when you need it, and to start early enough that you have plenty of time to get everything done. Once you’ve established a timeline and a budget for any repairs, it’s time to set up an open house. Talk to your realtor to make sure nothing has been overlooked. 

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