Ask McEnearney: How do I make the home selling process less stressful with pets?

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Question: How do I make the home selling process less stressful with pets?

Answer: Selling a home can be a daunting task, especially when you have furry family members. Pets are beloved companions, but they can also present challenges when it comes to showcasing your home to potential buyers. Whether you have a dog, cat, or other furry friend, here are some tips to help you navigate the process of selling your home with pets:

1. Address Pet Odors

Oftentimes odors can be difficult to notice in our own homes. For pet owners, it is always a good idea to ensure your home smells fresh and inviting before going on the market. Deep clean carpets, upholstery, and any areas where pet odors or dander may linger. Consider using pet-specific cleaners and deodorizers to neutralize odors effectively. This will also help alleviate any issues with potential buyers who might be allergic to animals. Our team recommends vinegar or charcoal-based deodorizers to our sellers!

2. Repair Pet Damage

Any pet owner knows that those little cuties can sometimes cause damage to your home, such as scratched floors, chewed moldings, or torn screens. Before listing your home, take the time to repair any pet-related damage to ensure your property looks its best.

3. Maintain Your Yard

A well-maintained yard can significantly enhance the curb appeal of your home. Keep your lawn neatly trimmed, remove any pet waste, and repair any wear and tear caused by your pets. Removing visible signs of pet-related items like toys will also help to create a tidy exterior and a positive first impression for potential buyers!

4. Arrange Temporary Relocation

During showings and open houses, consider arranging for your pets to stay elsewhere temporarily. This can minimize distractions and potential allergies for buyers, allowing them to focus on the features of your home without any pet-related interruptions. It will also help to make the process less stressful for your pet — strangers in their home can be confusing! Our team typically recommends that our sellers board their pets, or go out of town with them, for the first weekend their home is active — when it will have the most showings.

5. Neutralize Décor

Finally, while you may love your pet-themed décor, it’s important to remember that not all buyers will share your enthusiasm. Consider removing any décor or pet accessories to appeal to a wider range of buyers. Be sure to clean up toys, and hide food bowls, litter boxes, or any other items that could be distracting to buyers.

Selling a home with pets may require some extra effort, but with careful planning and preparation, you can successfully attract buyers and achieve a smooth transaction. By addressing pet-related concerns proactively and presenting your home in its best possible light, you can increase your chances of selling quickly and for top dollar.

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The Peele Group, Hope & Kim Peele, and Nancy Smith, are all longtime Alexandrians with over 30 years of combined real estate experience. When you hire us, you hire our record of success! We are competitive and results focused. Selling your home fast and for top dollar is our top priority. Our team’s listings have sold for an average of 104% of list price, and have an average on-market time of just 11 days. We are proud to work with McEnearney Associates, the Gold Standard in Alexandria Real Estate! Call for a consultation on your home by August 31st and receive $500 towards painting or landscaping when we sell your home for you. See you at Dog Fest!

Hope Peele is a licensed real estate agent with McEnearney Associates, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia. She grew up in Old Town and currently lives in Del Ray. As a partner with The Peele Group, Hope is dedicated to guiding her clients successfully through the many-faceted process of buying or selling a home. Contact Hope at 703-244-6115.

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