Norfolk, VA – If you are putting your house on the market for sale and have pets, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure the presences of your pet does not turn-off prospective buyers. Ideally, when you leave for a scheduled showing, it’s best to take your pet with you. When this is not possible, here are a few steps you can take to provide a pet-friendly showing.
Remove pet items – It’s a good idea to store toys, jars of treats, and water and food bowls, in a cupboard or closet during showings. Also, use a lint brush to remove any fur or dander from furniture and bedding.
Eliminate litter box worries – If you have a cat make sure your litter box is odor free, and place the litter box in an inconspicuous location. Laundry rooms and mud rooms are much better options than bathrooms or living spaces because buyers tend to spend less time viewing smaller secondary rooms. Most importantly, never leave a litter box in a kitchen or dining area.
Reduce pet odor – If your home has pet odor, hire a professional company to steam clean carpets, drapes, and upholstery.
As a final tips, Shannon Allen, Realtor with Judy Boone Realty in Norfolk VA, adds, “It can be difficult to arrange for your pet to be away for showings. If you do leave your pet at home during a showing and wish to confine it to a specific area, consider using a crate instead of the garage or basement. Buyers need to see the whole house, and they are uncomfortable entering a room housing the family pet”.
For more information about Norfolk VA real estate, contact Shannon Allen, Realtor, at (757) 647-3126
Judy Boone Realty | 809 E Ocean View Ave | Norfolk VA
Cell 757-647-3126 |Office 757-587-2800