Home staging tip: Pets can complicate the selling process when a house is put on the market unless appropriate measures are taken. The main concern is their impact on the cleanliness and the smell of the home as well as the allergic reactions that some people can have to pet hair. Sometimes it happens that buyer as so sensitive that they purposely ask not to see homes where cats (or dogs) live, while other buyers will immediately leave a home if they smell strong pet odors. Obviously, the very first thing to do if you have a cat and you are planning to sell your home is to clean the place thoroughly, preferably professionally, focusing on the rugs and the carpeting. During showings, either take your cat with you or keep it in a small room, and don’t forget to hide the litter box. Also, remove any cat toy and most importantly any cat tree, which usually takes a lot of room and is not really appealing for a buyer who may not own a cat.

Home staging by Francesca Tosolini
Listing by Jonathan Jones
Photos by Francesca Tosolini

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