Invest in a good carpet cleaner.
It’s a good idea to have carpets cleaned professionally to ensure there are no obvious pet stains prior to listing. Plus, some pets put off strong odors that can radiate throughout the house. A carpet cleaner will help remove those odors and stuck-in fur. And for those more serious stains/odors - investing in new carpet will help your home sell faster & for more money. Your house deserves a deep clean, and frankly - buyers today expect it!
Keep your pet out of the house.
If possible, it’s best to leave your pet with a friend, a relative, or another trusted caretaker while your is being showed. If no one is available, it’s a good idea to leave your pet in a crate, in an area where potential buyers are less likely to be—either the garage or mudroom. Put a warm blanket, bowl of water, and favorite toy in his crate to help him feel more comfortable.
Clean up the yard. (doo-doo is a no-no)
Even your backyard could leave traces of your pet, so it’s important to clean up any waste and toys. Keep a toy bin by the door, and try to have your pet use the bathroom in the same area, so the cleanup will be easier. If there are any bare patches of grass, you can try to aerate and seed these spots or plant sod for a quicker fix.
Put away the pictures.
More than likely you’re a proud pet parent, meaning that you have a handful of pictures of your pet around your home or at least some photos where he makes an appearance. You’d be surprised at how many potential buyers pay attention to pictures during a showing. These pictures will be a dead giveaway of your pet ownership & their run of the house, so edit them carefully during the staging process.
Familiarize yourself with your insurance policy.
Even if your pet is the nicest pet in the world, having him around during a showing poses a handful of potential risks. Take a look at your homeowner’s policy and make sure that it covers you in the event your pet becomes aggressive with someone on your property. Aggression doesn’t have to always be malicious: even if your pet knocks somebody down due to excitement, you could still be held liable. These types of situations happen more often than you would think, so it’s better to be prepared and plan for them to be isolated from any potential buyers.