Pets can make it difficult to unload a home, but there are several steps owners can take to minimize an animal’s presence while the property is up for sale. Boarding may not be an option given the extended length of time some homes spend on the market these days, but owners should consider taking pets with them during showings; putting them in day care; or having a friend, relative, or neighbor care for them. Agents should note on MLS posts and marketing materials that pets are on the property. Moreover, sellers should ensure their dwellings are extremely clean by repairing scratched floors or chewed moldings, repainting rooms, cleaning carpets, and removing other traces of their pets. If pets cannot be removed while the home is on the market, sellers might want to agree in writing to make certain repairs by the time the transaction closes. Finally, sellers should relocate feeding bowls, litter boxes, and pet toys as well as ensure the yard is clear of animal waste. | Read More