Can you undo/repair Fido’s messes?

March 31, 2016 / Selling

Whether you are trying to sell a home or buy a home, a pet’s odors, stains and damage to a home can really put a damper on a real estate transaction.  Here are some of our tips and some from Realtor.org to help alleviate pet problems:

Carpeting: The best advice we can personally give is to get the carpet replaced if it has been repeatedly damaged by pet accidents, odors, stains etc.  A buyer will be immediately turned off if there are any odors or stains on the carpet. If replacing the carpet is not an option, get it professionally steam cleaned.  Or say, after the carpet is freshly cleaned, Fido decides to leave one last mark on his house, follow this recipe: Combine 2 cups vinegar and 2 cups water.  Fill a spray bottle with this or pour slowly over the stain. Scrub the area gently and then pour 1 cup combined of hydrogen peroxide/1/4 cup of dishwasher detergent over it.  Let sit for a few minutes.  Blot and soak up this mixture with a towel.  Sprinkle baking soda over the area.  Then blot and soak up as much as possible.  Let carpet air out for a day. Trust us, we have experience cleaning up after diva Fidos!

Hardwood Floors: This requires close monitoring so as not to ruin your floors.  Vinegar can be used to lessen any stains or odors on hardwood floors.  But be sure to clean it up and not let it soak into the floors.  Alternately, we recommend getting the hardwood floors refinished.  This can also remove any pet scratches to the floors as well.

Damage to furniture, wiring or walls: Best advice here…replace it!  If buyers can see or sense damage to a home from a pet, it can turn them off.  They want to walk into a property and have it feel new/clean/updated.

For other tips, see Realtor.org’s blog on this topic or call us for any real estate advice!