Staging your home means dealing with some sensitive issues. One of these issues is determining what to do with your pets when buyers come to visit.
Your animals are an important part of your family. Just because you love them dearly does not mean that your viewers will feel the same way. An important part of staging your home is determining what to do with your pets while your home is on the market.
Unfortunately, some people just plain do not like animals. On the other hand, others may be deathly afraid of them or have allergies. Having pets in your home may have a negative effect on these people, harming a potential sale.
Since you are catering to the people viewing your home, the best solution for this dilemma is to find a temporary home for your pets. Some options include kennels, groomers, or doggy day cares. This may seem harsh to some but keep in mind that most of your traffic will come through your home the first 14 days that it is on the market.
Staging your home by removing your pets will secure more equity in your home, speed up the selling process, and make your home more accessible.
Now, I realize that finding a temporary home just is not going to work for everyone. In that case you're going to have to work extra hard at removing any pet signs and smells from your home.
If you have urine stains on your carpets have them professionally cleaned and be extra dutiful in getting your pet outside consistently. Make sure to tell the cleaners to treat specifically for pet stains and odors.
Check your rooms carefully for all signs of pet hair. Hair tend to accumulate on the sides of your furniture and in all the corners.
Do not leave animal foods in your cupboards or pantries where viewers will be looking. Put foods in the foundation or the trunk of your car.
Last but not least, if your home is listed with a Realtor be sure your agent is aware of the number of pets in the home. Your agent needs to know if your dogs will be crated or loose during viewings. If your cats are escaped artists and should not be let out of the house, your agent needs to be aware.
Staging your home includes taking into account all of the animals. Do not stress too much over it, but take into account what's best for the selling process of your home.