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Selling A Home In Springfield MO? – Don’t Let Your Pets Spoil The Sale

Selling A Home In Springfield MO? – Don’t Let Your Pets Spoil The Sale

We all love our furry friends, but they can cause some special challenges to the sale of your home. Buyers are more perceptive than ever these days when deciding if a home is the right one to buy. With a lot of competing homes out there in Springfield all it takes is one little issue and they will move on to another home. The last thing you want are pet odors or other pet issues to deter a potential sale.

Dogs may be man’s best friend but your buyers may not agree. If you leave pets home during a showing Little Fido might get nervous and have an accident, bark too much, jump on someone, or worst case bite someone. If at all possible take your dogs with you when you leave your home before a showing.

Pets, for some people, mean allergies and unpleasant smells. Some buyers’ allergies are so strong that dander in carpets and furniture can cause an attack within minutes and make a walk-through miserable or even impossible. So keep carpets and furniture vacuumed regularly—and don’t forget about general pet odors. Without being excessive, carpet deodorizing treatments or air fresheners should do the trick.

Regrettably cats and dogs shed. Keeping your home clean, including pet living areas shows that you care about maintaining your home.

When speaking of pet odors, urine probably has to be the number one cause for wrinkled noses. Urine stains in carpet can seep down into the carpet pad and even into the subfloor leaving lingering odors that could deter potential buyers. Floors, wood trim, or drywall that has been severely damaged by urine may need to be replaced. To be sure, consult a professional. 

Your backyard is a natural part of your pet’s environment. Make sure you pick up after them…nothing spoils the sale of your home faster than a potential buyer stepping in something unpleasant!

For more tips about selling a home in Springfield MO, just give us a call!

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About The Authors:  Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty in Springfield, MO She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri.  Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.  

John Knowles is likewise a REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  John is also a FAA part 107 certified drone pilot to get those amazing shots and videos of our properties! 


Together this dynamic team makes up TeamKnowles REALTORS®, Spouses Selling Houses!  They are dedicated to doing what it takes to sell your home in the greater Springfield real estate market, or help you purchase a home that fits your particular needs. Give TeamKnowles a call today; you’ll be glad you did!


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Comment balloon 1 commentBetty Knowles • August 19 2011 01:09PM


Thanks for the info, looks like you have some nice listings, all the best selling.

Posted by Kim Delia, Realty Delia Group (Remax Professional Associates) almost 8 years ago