When looking to buy into the Bay area housing market, home buyers are usually prone to using their senses to help them make their final decisions. Which is why setting up an open house with very scented candles, bright colors, or over-stimulating designs are not the best idea. Although they might not believe it, homeowners who have had animals for a long amount of time can actually be at risk of not selling their homes in a time-efficient manner. The following are 5 things every pet owner should consider before hosting an open house.
Where Their Pets are Going to Go During the Visit
Homeowners with both large and small pets are going to benefit from finding a safe place to hide their animals on the day of their open house. This is because during an open house, interested home buyers are going to be walking around a house, opening doors, and leaving them open. This can cause an animal to have direct access to the front door, which can cause them to run away and get lost. More than that, having a large dog present at the showing of a house can cause home buyers to become fearful and uncomfortable viewing the home. Worst of all, having a large dog present during a visit can cause an attack to happen, as a dog might feel as tho it is their responsibility to protect their home from intruders.
How to Get Rid of Animal Smells
Homeowners who share their homes with beloved pets are usually too familiar with the smells that are all around them. As a result, they fail to recognize that their home has a certain animalistic smell to it. When getting ready for an open house, homeowners should find someone to babysit their animals one day prior to the visit. Doing so will give the homeowner enough time to air out their homes, clean their fabrics, and place air fresheners around their home.
How to Hide the Visible Signs of Animals
It is important for a homeowner to hide all visible signs of animals during an open house visit. This means cleaning and hiding litter boxes, hiding chew toys, dog beds, food and water bowls, etc. Home buyers like thinking that there are no pets in a home as this ensures them that no pet-related defects (like scratches) are present.
How to Make the Home Allergy Friendly
There are some home buyers that are going to be allergic to animals, and since losing a potential buyer to allergies is not an option, home sellers need to clean their homes prior to the visit. Passing a broom and vacuum can reduce the effects of allergies.