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Tips For Controlling Pet Odor

Do you have pets like me? I have three dogs and a cat, and I love them so much! They have pretty much been given free rein of the house, for better or worse, because I want them involved in everything I do. But with pets comes pet odor, and this can be especially problematic when you're showing your property for sale. 

So I have a few quick tips to help reduce these pet odors so that prospective buyers aren't unnecessarily turned off during showings.

Before I get into the three tips, I want to stress that keeping an odor free home is of extreme importance during the listing process! Why? Well, we want buyers to establish an emotional connection during the showing process, and nothing is more distracting than pet odor.

So if you use these tips to maintain a fresh-smelling home, buyers will have an easier time imagining themselves living in the property, and this means the potential for more, for better, and for higher offers. That's what we want, right?

So, my first tip has to do with floors.

Whether you have carpet, hardwood, or laminate— whatever kind of flooring you have— it's important to keep them clean. That means vacuum, mop, steam, all of it. If you need recommendations for professionals to handle deeper cleaning of carpets, your agent should be able to point you in the right direction.

Second, you want to make sure all of your linens are washed often. 

My dogs sleep in bed with me, and I've found that washing the sheets and spraying freshener on the mattress and pillows once a week really helps keep pet odor controlled. This also applies to throw blankets and pillows, even plush toys and dog beds that are especially prone to absorbing and release stink.

Finally, you also want to make sure you regularly vacuum and maintain couch cushions. 

Once a week, I make sure my couches get a good vacuum, and once a month, I machine wash the cushion covers while I spray pet odor eliminators on the cushions themselves. This process has been a life saver for me. You definitely want to check tags on your cushion covers and make sure they are machine washable!

One thing I never want to do when I'm selling is disrupt the life of my pets by trying to keep them off furniture that they're used to lounging on. The entire listing process can be confusing and stressful to them already, but proper maintenance will allow for you and your pets to live comfortably in the home without risking your potential profits during the selling process.

I hope you found this information helpful!Until next time,
Cassie Johnson
Key Realty - John Yoder Team

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