The Pet Owner's Guide to Staging a Home
March 7, 2018 | Shaune Corbett

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When you put your home on the market, you want it to appeal to the largest amount of people possible. To do that, real estate experts suggest stagingto make your home more visually appealing. Staging isn’t necessarily for “messy” homes. In fact, just about all homeowners planning to put their house on the market should do some kind of staging. The idea is to make your home more of a blank slate and looking less like someone already lives there. By doing this, you allow potential home buyers to see themselves in the house, making it more likely that they want to put in a bid.

Common staging techniques include:

  • Deep cleaning bathrooms and kitchen.
  • Putting away family photos and wall hangings that denote a personal interest.
  • Using paint and home accessories to create illusions of space.
  • Restaining patios and decks.
  • Updating the yard to improve curb appeal.
If you are a pet owner, your staging requires extra steps. While some home buyers like the idea of a place being pet-friendly, others are not as keen on animals in the house. Since you want to appeal to the largest audience possible, it’s smart to err on the side of caution. According to Closetbox, “When scheduling a home showing, it’s in your best interests to remove all signs of pets, if possible. This means not only putting away the litter box and dog food, but possibly even temporarily removing your pets from the home. If possible, bring them with you to a friend’s house or to a local pet daycare.”

Home Staging for Pet Owners

If you have dogs, cats, or any kind of pets, go over the following home-staging tips before showing potential buyers your house:

  • Hide your pet’s belongings. Find a place out of sight to store bird cages, cat litter boxes, dog potty pads, toys, and water and food bowls. For many people, the sight of these things isn’t always a problem, but it gives them a subconscious reminder to notice any potential odors.

  • Make sure your home smells great. After a certain amount of time living with your pets, you grow accustomed to any odors they may bring into the house. So even if you don’t think your home needs it, go the extra mile to make sure your house smells fresh and clean. Sanitize all hard surfaces your pet comes into contact with, especially the floors. Have your rugs and carpets deep cleaned or use carpet deodorizer when vacuuming. Finally, you can make your home smell pleasant without the use of harsh perfumes by whipping up a batch of stove-top potpourri made with natural ingredients like fruit, herbs, and spices.

  • Buff out claw markings. If your cat or dog left scratches on your doors, floors, cabinets, or walls, use sandpaper to buff them smooth, and then go back over with paint or varnish to make them look like new again. If your hardwood floors are really scratched up, you may need professional help.

  • Don’t forget the outdoor part of your home.Curb appeal is a huge drawing factor when it comes to potential buyers. Fill in any holes your pup dug in the front yard, regrow dead patches in the lawn, and make sure there are no toys or accessories hanging around out there.
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Staging your home allows it to be free of clutter and decorated in a way that appeals to a larger audience of potential buyers. If you have pets, you need to go the extra mile to hide their presence as not to perturb buyers who do not like animals. Hide their things and get rid of odors and evidence of their presence such as claw marks. Staging also extends to the outside part of the home. Make sure your front yard and garden are free of holes, dead patches, and any other items that would betray your furry friend.

Written by Paul Denikin
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