Pets and Selling Your Home

woman on couch with white fluffy dog  and coffee table with candles We love our pets, and want them to feel welcome in our home. However, when you’re in the process of selling your home, there’s no denying that they can add stress and challenges. Many pet owners can have anxiety over how to handle their furry friends while trying to maintain a clean, presentable environment. We’ve compiled a few tips to help ease stress for both you and your pet during the selling process.

Tips for Staging

Keeping a clean house is important. Some home buyers may not have pets (just about 40% of American households do not have a pet), and some could even have animal allergies.

  • Try to remove as many toys and food dishes as possible, and sweep floors to get rid of hair.
  • Pet fur and dander can collect in vents and filter, so make sure you have a clean filter and consider getting your vents cleaned.
  • Repair any damage that your pet has done. Check your baseboards, carpets, and floors, as these are common areas that show pet damage.
  • If you pet is allowed to roam your backyard freely, you’ll want to make sure there are no walking hazads. Clean up after them every time they are out, and check for any holes that may have been dug.
  • For cat owners, leaving a litter box out isn’t awful but make sure that it’s pristine before anyone views the home.

You may also want to consider hiring a professional cleaning service that can give the home a deep clean to remove any smells and allergens, like pet dander. Our HUNT Homeowners Club offers a list of approved vendors that can assist you in cleaning your home.

Tips for Showing

brown dog on leash near lakeNow that your home is clean and readt to be viewed by buyers, you’ll have to figure out what your plan is for your pets while buyers are viewing your home.

  • Make sure you’re prepared to keep more energetic pets from running around the house and bumping into guests.
  • A member of the family should be responsible for taking a dog out for a long walk, or you may want to find a local pet daycare center to make sure they are comfortable during the viewing.
  • In a pinch, keeping your dog in a kennel crate can help, if that is comfortable for your pet.

Owning a pet won’t prevent you from selling your home, but it will add a few considerations when preparing your home from sale. If you need expert advice on how to get your home ready for any potential buyer, trust the real estate experts at HUNT Real Estate ERA. Our experienced agents will provide the tips and recommendations you need to present your home and close the sale.

Why You Should Sell Your Home in the “Off-Season”

winter home on lake with snow on roof at twilight

Technology has changed real estate and how buyers find their homes. According to NAR, the most popular information source for homebuyers was an online website at 89%. After searching for a home online, a majority of people will then walk through the homes they like. Buyers can now look at homes online year-round, so factors like snow don’t deter buyers as much as they used to before the internet.

While it is true that there will be less inventory in the market during these months, this is not a negative either. Your home will have less competition, and buyers who are active are traditionally motivated buyers. What’s more, buyers who have been searching for a home over the summer won’t just stop looking at houses because summer is over. If they were unable to find one during the spring or summer, they’ll still likely keep tabs on homes in their priced range. So in reality, your buyer pool won’t drastically shrink, even though your competition will. 

If you’re ready to sell during the fall or winter markets, here are a few tips to help you prepare your home for sale.

  • Have all-season photos on hand. Once the snow falls, it can be difficult for buyers to visualize your outdoor space. If you’ve got a great backyard, make sure you have pictures from spring/summer to show its potential to buyers.
  • Make sure everything is ready to go. If you can, get your home in the best shape possible and make any major repairs. Homebuyers are less likely to want to put in work during the colder months. 
  • Maximize your curb appeal. Keep up with raking leaves and shoveling snow. Do your best to keep your pathways clear and salted during the winter months to prevent a slip or fall. 
  • Let there be light. With the colder months come less sunlight, so make sure that your home is well-lit both inside and out. Replace old or dead bulbs with bright and energy-efficient ones. 
  • Style your home for the season. Let your home reflect the season. If you’re looking for tips on how to style your home for a holiday sale, check out our blog here.
  • Use a real estate professional. If you’re ready to list in the off-season, a top-notch sales professional will help your home get in front of the right audience. Our real estate sales professionals are experts who have revolutionary marketing tools at their fingertips. Make sure you reach out to one of our sales professionals today!

Don’t fall for the common misconception that listing your home for sale outside of the busiest months is a bad thing. There are plenty of benefits to listing outside the traditional peak season.