Making a Fresh Impression

The smell of your pet shouldn’t be the first impression a potential buyer gets when viewing your home. Don’t feel badly, even the most conscientious housekeeper can find it challenging to stay ahead of pet odours. After all, they’re members of the family and they love being part of the daily scene, jumping up on the bed, curling up on the couch to watch Netflix, and laying in all of their favourite places (and yours). Here are a few tips that we found on line for handling pet odours and destructive habits that will help you make the most of your home’s chance to make a fresh impression.

1. If your cat has a habit of peeing in the house, avoid disinfectants that have an ammonia base, as the smell resembles urine and could just encourage more of the same unwelcome habits. If you have more than one cat, they may be declaring their individuality and therefore pee in separate places. Try adding a second litter box and see if that helps. Enzyme cleaners are a great option because they can dissolve the proteins that cause the stains and get rid of the odours.

2. Cats scratching the furniture or wallpaper is another kind of pet damage that can be very frustrating. If you consider that they do this because they are maintaining their claws and showing their territory it can help to identify a solution. We read that if you add a scratching post directly in front of the damaged area and run their paws down the surface to add their scent to it, they are more likely to return to it. There are also scratch deterrent sprays that may help them keep their paws off.

3. Don’t forget to clean your vacuum cleaner. All of that fur and pet dander that passes through your vacuum cleaner has an odour, so when you turn on your machine you may be recirculating the very smells you’re trying to get rid of. Consider adding an air purifier (or two) with a HEPA filter to freshen the air and remove odours.

4. The floor and the dog bed might be the most obvious harbours for pet smells, but even furniture can absorb smells and can be a little more challenging to clean. For preventative measures, consider using furniture covers that are easier to wash. Also, adding a quarter cup of vinegar to the washing machine when washing bedding and throws can help to get rid of odours.

5. Gather up those hard plastic chew toys and run them through a dishwasher cycle or wash them in the sink.

6. Make your own deodorizer by adding essential oils to vinegar and apply them with a spray bottle. Note that there are some oils that are okay to use around dogs but not for cats. Here’s a list of “Dos for Dogs” Another version of this remedy is dissolving a 1/4 cup of baking soda into a spray bottle of water and spraying surfaces with that.

7. Don’t forget to wash the dog. 🙂

We hope that there are some useful tips here, and that the very first impression of your home is “I want it!”. We can make recommendations for all stages of getting your home ready to sell. We’d love to help, so give us a call.