Wednesday, March 20, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
Will our cute little friends sabotage the sale of our home?
I have walked into many showings with clients looking to purchase a home and watch their pure joy and excitement fade from their faces. This happens more times than I would like it to. They see the home online and are so excited to go and view it in person and then they are crushed. It was the perfect home for them until they walked in and the smell of pet urine and odors overtook them.
Some advice I give to my sellers is to have someone who doesn’t live in the home come over and be honest with them. It could be a good friend or a relative but choose someone that will be honest with you. We get so used to our homes that we really can’t tell if there is an odor. Don’t try to mask the smell with fragrances as this makes a buyer think that you are trying to cover up something. Also, many people are allergic to fragrances.
Thinking of selling, what can I do to improve the value of my home?
The best thing to do if it is pet urine is to have your carpets professionally cleaned and if necessary, replace the carpeting or flooring. Keep a close eye on your dogs if they like to mark their territory during the carpet cleaning time, as the change in carpet odor can trigger them to tinkle. Do a thorough cleaning of the home and vacuum up all the pet hair. Wipe down the walls or give them a fresh coat of paint. Don’t forget about the drapes and blinds. Wipe the blinds down and have the drapes cleaned as they can hold a lot of odor just as the carpet and flooring can.
Don’t forget to clean the sofa’s and any upholstered furniture. This includes all your bed linens, the covers on your couch cushions and throw pillows, and anything else in your house that is machine washable. This bears to mention that even your clothing can start smelling like your dog, so if there is a serious odor you will need to launder your clothing as well. There are plenty of solutions you can buy to clean specific areas of your home that are made for pet urine and pet odors.
Urine and saliva and other body fluids will glow under a black light so you could do your own investigation to find the troubled areas of your home.
If you have cats make sure the litter box is cleaned daily and place it in a room with lots of ventilation.
There are also air purifiers that can be purchased for under $70.00 which will help to keep your home smelling fresh and which help to remove odors.
You can also make your own odor neutralizer. Just mix 2 cups white vinegar and 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a clean empty spray bottle. Add enough water to fill the bottle and get to work. Spray the solution on any troubling areas, but let it soak in a while before blotting it dry with a clean rag.
It’s also a good idea to change your air filter in your furnace once everything is cleaned and deodorized.
I’m Pam with Haven Real Estate Group in Spokane. Let me know if I can be of anymore help or if you would like any more selling tips.