When you are staging your home it’s very important for your home to appeal to the largest number of potential home buyers. A big part of doing that means to hide any and all signs of house pets. Some prospective buyers will immediately turn around and walk right out of a house if there are any signs of house pets. When there are signs of house pets in homes that are for sale it can send a message to potential buyers that the house may have not been properly cared for. Even though pets are typically seen as a family member, that doesn’t mean all buyers want a home that a pet or pets have lived in. But don’t worry if you aren’t sure how to hide your pets, here are a few way to make your home appeal to all buyers including those who don’t like house pets.

  1. Remove Photos Of Your Pets: Most realtors advise to take down any personal pictures when staging a house, but that also includes any pictures of your pets. When you have potential buyers looking around at your house you don’t want them them distracted by your family pictures and especially not by photos of your pets. It may be hard to put away your beautiful sentimental pictures, but don’t worry it is only temporary. Once your house is sold and you are settling into your new home go ahead and hang up all those beautiful memories again.
  2. Hide Any Pet Items From View: The next thing that you should do when staging your home when you have a housepet goes hand in hand with putting away pet pictures and that is to hide all your pet’s items. This includes all bowls, bags of pet food, pet medication, toys, leashes, litter boxes, and anything else you may have for your pets. You don’t have to put them somewhere where they aren’t accessible, but just make sure they are out of sight.
  3. Keep Floors Free From Stains & Vacuum Daily: This next step may come as a no-brainer but you should keep you floors as clean as you possibly can. This means cleaning up any stains your pets may have made on your carpets or floors and also fixing any baseboards your pets may have chewed or scratched. It’s recommended that you vacuum your floors at least once a day if not more. Even if you have wooden or tile floors you should vacuum them instead of or in addition to sweeping them because vacuuming is much more efficient when cleaning up any and all pet hair and dander.
  4. Air Out The House & Neutralize Smells: The last things you should do when staging your house when you have pets is to clean out your air vents, replace your house’s air filter, and to air out your house daily. You have probably seen the commercials for products that eliminate household odors that you are nose blind to but you don’t want to over power your house with any perfume like smells. Instead it is best to open all doors and windows that have screens so that you can air out your home from any and all unpleasant smells including those of your pets. If you haven’t changed your house’s air filter regularly you may be in for a bit of a surprise when you go to take out the old one. It is likely that it is overfilled with pet hair and dirt. When you don’t change your air filters often enough your house’s air system will just be recycling all of that dirt and pet hair over and over until that dirty air filter is replaced with a new one. After you change your air filter you will want to clean all the air vents in your house to remove any and all dirt and pet hair from them. The most efficient way to do this is to use the hose on your vacuum with the attachment that has brush like hairs.