If you’re a pet owner, your pets are like your children. However, pets can be messy and can leave your home a wreck. If you’re planning on selling or renting your home, consider these helpful pet owner tips to keep your home kitty or puppy proofed through the years.
1. Training is a must! Be committed to providing the best training for your pet. From potty training to commands, the basic a-b-c’s of pet training can help keep your home protected and cared for throughout the years.
2. Keep up repairs. It’s probably inevitable that your pet will have an accident in the home or create scratches on your walls or floors. Try to keep a watchful eye on those damages and repair minor ones right away. If it is a larger damage, give yourself a time frame for repairs, that way if you decide you are going to sell, you don’t have to do it all at once. Again reinforce behavior with your pet so they understand right and wrong.
3. ODOR ALERT! Accidents happen, and in addition to visual damage, pets can leave unwanted smells around your home. The worst part about this is we become “nose-blind” to certain odors if we’ve been around them even for more than a few minutes. Be sure to be prepared to clean anything up immediately – and replace things that need replacing before anything (odors, stains, mildew, mold, etc) has a chance to set or spread. Consider inviting a friend over to do a walk-through of your home and alert you of any smells you may have missed.
4. Mind your yards! If you have a front or backyard, your pet is surely outside enjoying the fresh air. But it’s probably also the place where they “do their business.” Try to maintain a clean and tidy yard and confront any unwanted behavior with your pet to avoid costly fixes later. (Helpful tip: Confine your furry loved one to one patch of the yard for their “business” and if you end of having to relay sod due to grass damage or holes, it won’t be nearly as costly.)
If you decide to sell or rent your home, providing positive behavior and boundaries for your pet will help you maintain a clean home and prevent your costly repairs to keep prepared in the future.
What are some of the things you’ve done to help your pet and your home get along?