Maplewood Real Estate and Homes for SaleMany home owners in Maplewood, Millburn, Short Hills and S. Orange, NJ own pets. In fact, that is one of the bonuses to home ownership in our area! However are you aware that your pet(s) can result in your home taking longer to sell or being sold at a reduced price?

This may sound alarming, but really you just need to take a few extra steps to ensure that your home is up to snuff. Consider the items below and ask me for more specific recommendations on selling your home.

Wear & Tear, Chew & Claw – Homes where pets live have a bit more wear and tear in general. As a seller, you want to do what you can to minimize this by examining your home for dirt, fur, stains, chew and claw marks. Take a close look at the exterior of your home, too. Fix or replace any structural damage and level out your landscaping as much as possible. Evaluate your plants, too.

The Nose Knows – A home absorbs the scents of its residents. When you own a pet, your home naturally adopts their scent as well. Vacuuming frequently and opening windows windows are easy fixes to alleviate immediate issues, and area or general stain treatment is advised, as well. Deep cleaning may be needed throughout your home and carpet replacement may be necessary, as well. The Humane Society has tips for stain removal, too, and please recognize that a quick spray of air freshener is not the answer.

Plan a Mini-Vacation – Pets are noticed less by prospective buyers if they (and their toys, food and bedding items) are absent from the property. During home showings, especially, it’s best that your animals not be on the property, for the stress of the animal, safety of others, and for the sale of your home. You may even consider friends, relatives, or other safe places where your best friend may enjoy a mini-vacation while your home is being sold. I can tell you for sure that realtors like to show homes that are the most hassle-free to visit and dealing with “pet instructions” will deter agents from showing your home.

Keeping the above in mind should help you to get the best price for your home and have you and your pet(s) enjoying your new surroundings in no time.  If you have further questions, please call me.  I’d love to help you sell your home.