(Mahalo to Cindy Aldridge of www.ourdogfriends.org for sharing this great info with us!)
You want to sell your condo, but here’s the hitch: You also have a pet, and pet odors can kill a home sale. Face it, people will never love your dog or cat (or family cockatoo) the way that you do. Most likely, they’ll pass on buying your home if they spy dander fluffing the armrest, or step on a few grains of cat litter sprinkled in the hall. For a list of the precautions that you can take to pet-proof your condo as it’s being staged, read on.
Odors and Smells
The first thing you’ll need to accept is that your pet has a distinct odor. That’s fine. It’s just that animal’s smell. But it probably has seeped into the fibers and textures of your home – and, remember, this is no longer your home. So here are some cleaning steps you can take to sanitize your rooms:
● Mop the floors.
● Light scented candles.
● Vacuum all the time.
● Dust the baseboards, the blades of the fan and each spindle of the banister.
● Scrub and rinse and groom your dog or cat.
● Use air purifiers in rooms that have litter boxes or dog beds.
● Talk to your vet about which shampoo is best to get rid of that “wet dog” smell in your canine companion. And then, when you’re done, vacuum some more.
Eliminating Everything Else
Now that you’ve wiped up the first layer of fur and feathers, it’s time to go deeper. Erase any sign that your pet lived in your condo. You don’t want to invest in a renovation, but you may consider shelling out cash to replace or repair stained or scuffed-up furniture. Remove all food and water bowls, hide the litter box, and banish pet toys from sight. Also, take down that framed picture of you and Fido on the mantelpiece. (Family photos might even put off prospective buyers.)
Clean Your Yard
As a condo owner, you may not have a yard or a lanai. But if you do, make sure your animal hasn’t left telltale signs that you are a pet owner. Scoop any dog poop left on the sidewalks. Fill in holes that your dog dug out, or check out the spot of the yard where your pet peed constantly, which may still give off an odor. Water it. Sprinkle grass seed everywhere. And if that doesn’t make the yard look new and shiny, put down fresh sod.
Kenneling & Crating
Pick out a date to stage your condo and arrange for your pet to be somewhere else. Kennel it overnight at a pet-boarding service or give it to a friend or family member it’s comfortable around. Another option is to crate the animals in a secluded part of the condo. Make sure that it’s calm, and that it has its favorite toy, plus water and food bowls, so that it doesn’t make noise.
Your pet is probably well-behaved, but pet could get freaked out around strangers, and the last thing you want is for it to snarl or hiss at a child or even charge at someone. Not only could that leave the buyer with a bad impression, but also in some cases, legal action could result. (Remember, we live in a lawsuit-happy society.)
Your pet is an essential part of your household and you hate to remove it from your condo for any reason. But think of it like this: To close this sale, your goal is to sanitize your condo so that it has a one-size-fits-all appeal. That will speed up the process of you finding your next home and bringing your pet along with you.
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