Sanibel Real Estate blog: PETS

We love our pets- but how do you deal when you are trying to sell a home:

 

  • Clean the entire house, especially rugs or carpeting, before putting the home on the market. It may mean calling in professionals – and don’t forget air vents.
  • Once the house is clean, keep it that way.
  • Pet owners often don’t notice the odors caused by animals, so ask a Realtor or friend if they can smell anything.
  • If animals have urinated in the house, replace the affected carpeting or flooring, and eliminate the odor at its source.
  • Ideally, pets should be removed from the home while the house is on the market. If impractical, take pets out during showings or keep them confined in a small room or crate.
  • Safety is the major reason to remove pets from the home during showings,” said saysDavid Scott of RE/MAX Valley Realtors in Illinois, who says he once was attacked by a dog at a property he was showing. “Pet owners usually think their animals are harmless, but accidents do happen, and both homeowners and brokers could have legal liability.”

Pets can also be a distraction. Some people are phobic about animals. Others adore them. Either group can have a hard time ignoring a pet wandering around a home, and 15 minutes playing with a cat takes time away from viewing the home.

If you have some Sanibel real estate to sell, pets or not, give Chuck Andrews a call at 239-849-3396 or check out our website for current listings at www.chuckandrews.com

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