A recent home sale had the buyer hire a pet odor test/removal company. This well-maintained home had everything my clients were seeking, minus the odor. It’s likely the sellers had become de-sensitized to their beloved pet, costing them over $3,200 as a result.
Odors from pets, kitchen food preparation and smoking continue to rank at the top of surveys for buyer turn-offs. The delay in selling is expensive as are repair concessions (and avoidable). Here are a few tips for my fellow pet lovers:
- Invite someone into your home for a candid odor assessment
- Consider removing evidence of pet during home tours (evidence of litter box or food may inadvertently plant a seed of concern)
- Professionally clean carpet & upholstery (walls too if pet enjoys a soothing rub-down along wall surfaces)
- The time-honored trick of baking cookies or a cake can do wonders if you enjoyed fish the night before
Here are the top 5 reasons to buy according to the California Association of Realtors survey. Let’s make sure odor isn’t one of the reasons your home doesn’t sell.
Dan Larson - Master Craftsman Realtor®
T: 619.865-1817 l E: dan@RealEstateByDanLarson.com