Worried your pets might hinder the home selling process? There are plenty of ways to make your home show like a well-groomed Sheltie when you have live-in furry friends! Don’t kick out Fido and all his favorite things; find ways to keep your pet incorporated in your home without turning off potential buyers when you use these 3 tips for selling a home with pets.
Tip 1: Display tasteful animal accessories.
While we don’t recommend a neon, personalized doggie bowl or a fur-covered cat perch that takes up half your living space, it’s okay to leave some thoughtful details in place that show buyers your home can be perfectly pet-friendly. After all, 56% of homes now have pets according to realtor.com, meaning there’s a good chance your potential buyer could have a feline, canine, or other furry friend in mind (and in-tow on move-in day)!
We recommend small, neutral, and stylish pet details — like a luxurious, canvas leash hung from a hall tree hook or decorative rack near the entryway, a sophisticated mat for wiping feet (and paws!) on the front porch, or even a stylish canister set to keep pet treats organized while keeping sloppy food and treat bags out-of-sight.
Tip 2: Yes to pet photos, no to pet fur.
Home stagers and realtors alike warn against over-personalization in the home for listing photos and showings (think: wall-sized canvases with blown up family photos and fireplace mantles packed with picture frames). While this level of over-personalization is a big no-no, showcasing your pets by way of a beautiful, framed photo (rather than a fur-covered couch) is the perfect way to say “pet-friendly”.
Tip 3: Take time to honor your pet’s space, tastefully.
While your pal may not be able to part from that stained pet bed with stuffing falling out of the sides, be sure to put it away for photos and showings. Instead, opt for a beautiful faux fur rug at the foot of the bed that doubles as a cozy place for a pet to curl up, without putting the thoughts “dingy” and “dirty” in buyers’ minds.
With these simple tips for how to sell a home with pets, you’ll keep Fido and Fluffy happy without keeping your home on the market any longer than it needs to be!