Friday, November 24, 2023 / by Mike Shoaff
Are you a pet owner in beautiful Naples, Florida? You understand the joy and the mess that comes with having a furry companion. However, when it's time to sell your house, ensuring a pet-free appearance can significantly impact potential buyers' perceptions. As a RE/MAX agent in Naples, Florida, I understand the importance of presenting your home as an inviting space for all buyers, pet-lovers included.
In the United States, over 111 million households have beloved pets. To make your property appealing to prospective buyers without compromising on the love for your pets, here's a comprehensive guide:
1. Thorough Cleaning
Pets, while adorable, can leave traces of fur on furniture and floors. Invest in a furniture scraping tool to remove pet hair gently. Ensure thorough vacuuming with a pet-specific vacuum cleaner that effectively tackles fur. Pay extra attention to hidden spots and tricky areas. Your RE/MAX agent might offer staging suggestions, emphasizing the need to eliminate all traces of pet-related mess.
Carpeted areas often bear the brunt of pet activity. Consider professional cleaning for carpets and a deep mop for hardwood or tiled floors. A clean floor can significantly enhance a buyer's first impression.
2. Repair Pet-Induced Damage
Pets may inadvertently cause damage, like scratches or gnaw marks on surfaces. Before listing your home, repair visible damage by using paint pens to touch up marks or by replacing significantly damaged items like curtains or rugs.
3. Declutter Pet Supplies
For showings, decluttering is crucial. Store away pet beds, toys, food bowls, leashes, and other supplies. Have a designated space ready to quickly gather these items when needed.
4. Neutralize Pet Odors
Unwanted pet odors can deter potential buyers. Wash washable textiles regularly and use pet odor eliminators on fabric surfaces. Replace HVAC air filters and consider air purifiers to improve indoor air quality. Fragrance-wise, opt for subtle scents like citrus or seasonal aromas without being overpowering.
Inviting a friend over for a "sniff test" can offer an unbiased assessment of any lingering pet smells.
Maintaining a clean and odor-free home on a regular basis is essential for sudden showings. As a REMAX agent in Naples, Florida, I can guide you through these steps to ensure your home is ready to attract potential buyers, including pet lovers.
Are you ready to sell your home? Reach out to local RE/MAX agent MIKE SHOAFF today for expert assistance in preparing your property for a successful sale.