Removing Signs of Your Pet Can Help You Sell Your Home: Here’s How

 

Staging a home that’s on the market? There are a few basic steps every seller needs to take to tidy up their home, but pet owners may need to take some extra care when preparing their homes. It’s your best bet to stage your home so potential buyers can’t even tell you have pets, so use these steps to get ready.

 

Decrease Clutter Throughout Your Home

 

A busy house can be a big deterrent for potential buyers. To give the right impression, be sure to clean up any clutter. Pick up scattered items and put them away in bins or baskets. When it comes to furniture and home decor, less is more when your house is on the market. Put any extra furniture or belongings in storage while you are showing your home, to make your house look more spacious. This is a great way to get your pet’s favorite, but smelly, chair out of the way. Also think about organizing storage areas around your property, such as the garage, closets, and cabinets.

 

Give Each Room a Careful Cleaning

 

Once you’ve tackled the big stuff, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and do some deep cleaning. Pets have a tendency to leave fur, dander, and slobber on every surface in their homes. So take care to tackle every tiny step when it comes to cleaning up your home. Use a damp cloth to dust and wipe down surfaces. Scrub baseboards and walls, being careful not to scuff up paint. Clean nose prints off windows and doors and then focus on getting those paw prints off floors. Sweep and mop tile and hardwood and then vacuum all of your carpet, rugs, and upholstery. Don’t forget to wash those curtains and get rid of any set-in stains or smells.

 

Let in a Little More Light

 

Home buyers are a little like moths in that they’re attracted to light! The right lighting can make your home seem open and airy, two qualities that can boost the appeal of your property. So, make sure your house is well-lit throughout. Open or take down curtains and shades on all your windows. Change out any burned-out or dull light bulbs, including the ones outside. If you have windowless or darkened areas in your home, pick up some inexpensive lamps to add a little brightness. Just be sure all that pet hair is gone before you light up your home.

 

Make Your Property More Appealing

 

Curb appeal is what will get people in to view your house. If your yard is a mess, it will be difficult to attract potential buyers. Make cleaning up your yard your first priority. Pick up any pet waste, leashes, or toys. Pick up a few bags of dirt to fill in any holes in your yard or think about filling them with plants. You can strategically place a few bushes throughout your yard or go even bigger by planting a fresh new flower bed. Just try to stick to low-maintenance, water-wise plants to save yourself time and money while your home is still on the market. Finally, touch up any trim or paint on the outside of your house.

 

Hide All Signs of Your Pets

 

So you’ve taken care of the inside of your home and spruced up your yard. Those are steps anyone needs to take to sell their home, but how else can you hide the fact that you have a pet? Pick up bowls, beds, litter boxes, toys, and leashes. Don’t just stash these items in a closet if buyers will be able to open those doors. Think about picking up a moving box or solid storage bin to swiftly stash your pet supplies. When it’s time to show your home, have a plan to get your pets out of the house as well. 

 

Staging a home always takes work. Having a pet doesn’t have to make the task much harder. With a few simple tricks, you can stage your house and help it sell a little faster.

 

 

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Author: Alice Robertson (TidyHome.info)

Dec. 4, 2018

Tidy and Tension Free!

 

6 Super Easy Steps to Keeping Your Home Tidy and Tension Free

 

Maintaining a clean, calming home doesn’t have to involve tons of harmful cleaners and hours of stressful scrubbing. You can use simple, natural methods to make your home a haven after the stress of your daily routine. All it takes to keep things tidy is a little time and some humble habits. Here are a few ways you can spruce up your space and help stress subside.

 

Clean and Organize Closets

 

If you find yourself staring into a chaotic closet throughout each day, you may be causing some unnecessary strain. Bring positive energy back into your life and your storage areas by spending a day clearing them out. Go through your belongings and separate what you use from what you can get rid of. Sustainably purge any items that are severely stained or damaged, or recycle them into dust rags. Usable goods will be welcome at area shelters and charities, so bag those up for donations. As you replace what you will keep, take care to neatly fold, hang and even color-code your wardrobe or linens.

 

Choose Safe, Natural Products

 

One way to make tidying up easier is to stock up on some non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Ditch paper products and wasteful single-use plastic tools in favor of organic cotton towels, cloths and utensils. Make the switch to paraben-free cleaners or find some simple recipes to make up your own natural, gentle solutions. Ridding your home of common cleaners and plastics can drastically reduce your exposure to harmful toxins, which can cause severe health issues with prolonged contact.

 

Declutter to Decompress

 

Clutter can do much more than clog up your house. Research suggests that excessive amounts of “stuff” can lead to increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression. Clutter can also be a culprit behind poor spending habits, emotional eating and issues with allergies and breathing. The good news is that getting rid of clutter can be easier that you think. Use baskets and bins to organize your belongings instead of leaving them scattered around your house. Find ways to recycle or repurpose items you don’t use to make space for calm and serenity.

 

Create Calm in the Bedroom

 

Your bedroom should be a haven for rest, so try not to neglect this all-important room in your home. Avoid leaving clothing scattered on the floor and opt for eco-friendly hampers to wrangle your dirty laundry instead. Invest in comfy, organic cotton sheets, blankets and pillows to help you unwind after stressful days, and be sure to keep your lighting lowkey. Clean windows are a great way to let in natural light and set your body’s circadian rhythm, and warm lamps can provide just the right amount of light at night.

 

Keep Floors Clean

 

Being able to go barefoot is a great way to relax in your home, so be sure to keep your floors clean and comfy. A little bit of attention every week is easier than trying to tackle a mess that has been building for weeks. Tidy up floors at the beginning or end of each day to keep dust and dirt at bay. Need to get rid of odors or do a deeper cleaning? Baking soda is a wonderful deodorizer for carpets, while simple white vinegar can help keep floors sparkling.

 

Keep Stress Out of Your Home

 

Stress can create negative energy in your home and prevent true relaxation. Develop routines to leave stress at the door, or at least lessen it when you’re at home. Get in a good workout before you get home or find simple ways to work out around your house. Find a cozy nook in one of your rooms and make it into a meditation space. Scent can have a powerful and positive impact on stress as well, and essential oils are a natural, effective way to calm your mind. Checking stress is a simple way to stay healthy and happy at home and in life.

 

Finding organic ways to organize and clean your home can be easy. With these helpful hints, you can clear the clutter, dirt and disorder out of your home and out of your life.

 

BY: Alice Robertson from Tidy home

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
Nov. 1, 2018

Thankful Thursday

We are so excited to see everyone at Thankful Thursday! We are hoping all of our amazing past and current clients will join us for a feast. We are inviting you and your family to come and enjoy family style potluck and cocktails. We are so thankful you put your trust in 360 Realty and want to say a BIG thank you. 

 

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Posted in Community News
July 31, 2017

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