Selling a home is hard enough, but when you have to worry about Rover making a mess of things, it can be downright stressful. The good news is, there are steps you can take to make sure your home is ready for showings and that buyers don't run for the hills when they catch a whiff of your furry friend.
Preparing for Showings
The best way to avoid having your dog be a problem during showings is to simply not have them there. This may seem like an obvious solution, but many people don't realize that their dogs can actually be a deterrent to potential buyers. If you can't have someone come over to watch your dog, see if there's a doggy daycare or boarding facility in your area that can take them for a few hours.
If you absolutely can't leave your dog behind, there are still some things you can do to minimize the impact they have on showings. First, make sure they're well-groomed and clean; nobody wants to see (or smell) a dirty dog. Secondly, keep them confined to one room or area of the house; potential buyers don't want to be followed around by a curious pup. Finally, provide chew toys or bones so they're occupied and not trying to eat anything they shouldn't.
Dealing with Pet Odors
Even if you take all the necessary precautions, there's still a chance that your home will end up smelling like wet dog. If that's the case, don't panic; there are ways to get rid of pet odors for good. The first step is to identify where the smells are coming from; oftentimes, it's not the animal itself that smells, but their bedding or food bowls. Once you've located the source of the odor, thoroughly clean it with vinegar or baking soda. You may need to do this multiple times before the smell is completely gone.
In addition to cleaning up any areas where your pet spends time, you should also invest in some air fresheners or candles. These won't completely eliminate pet odors, but they will help mask them until your home is sold. Finally, make sure you open up all the windows before showings; a little fresh air can go a long way in making your home more inviting to potential buyers.
Selling a home is hard enough without having to worry about Fido making things worse. By taking some simple precautions and doing a bit of extra cleaning, you can make sure your home is ready for showings and that buyers don't run for the hills when they catch a whiff of your furry friend. With these tips in mind, you're sure to have a successful showing—and maybe even find a loving new home for Rover in the process!