Don’t Let Pet Smells Scare Away Home Buyers


Most of us love our pets to the point where they are practically members of the family. And while pets can be awesome and fun, they also come with some downsides. One of the major cons is the smell that they can leave behind.

You might be saying, “What?! My precious little fur ball doesn’t smell and neither does my house.”

Maybe your home doesn’t reek of pet urine or anything, but I guarantee you there is a smell there that others can pick up. And if it’s too much, it can lower the bids potential buyers offer or stop them from wanting to buy your house at all.

Like smokers, pet owners get used to the smells around them over time and they don’t notice them after a while. If you have pets, ask friends, family, neighbors or your real estate agent if they can notice any odors. If they do, there are steps you can take to neutralize them and get your house sold for more (or at all).

Get Rid of Fido’s Bed

Usually, pets have their own little area. Whether that is a kennel, a bed, a favorite pillow or anything else, chances are you’re going to have to get rid of it. Those favorite pet areas lock in smells and keep the area around it and your animal not smelling all that great. And if your dog has an accident, chances are it’s going to be there.

So, if it’s something that is removable, remove it. If you can’t see yourself throwing out your dog’s favorite bed, then wash it several times and treat it with a pet deodorizer that you can pick up at almost any pet store. Let it air out for a couple of days and then keep it in the garage afterwards.

If your climate and set up permit, consider moving your pets living area to the garage or even outside permanently. This will negate a lot of the smell issues.

Clean Like It’s Your Job

After removing anything that might be trapping pet smells, clean like you’ve never cleaned before. Especially in areas pets frequent, you’ll want to:

  • Wash the walls using warm water and a light detergent.
  • Treat the carpet with baking soda at night and then vacuum it up the next morning to allow as much odor absorption as possible.
  • Clean tile, wood or vinyl flooring with standard floor cleaner. If that doesn’t get the smell out, use pet deodorizer to help.

Serious Cases

Ok, if you lost your sense of smell in a freak high school chemistry class accident and are completely oblivious to the smell that your small army of cats have created in your house, then it’s time to go nuclear.

Open a serious can of whoop ass on pet smells by doing the following:

  • Can’t get pet smell out of carpet or flooring? Then you’re going to have to replace it. If you’re dealing with carpet, make sure to replace the padding as well. You might even need to treat the sub floor or concrete under the flooring if the offending substances have leaked down that far.
  • New paint may be in order too. Odor neutralizing paint is sold in most stores and can help you get rid of pet smells.
  • If you can’t get rid of the smell because it’s deeply engrained in the drywall, brick, plaster or other building materials, then try using a fast drying sealer. These chemicals help seal the smells in and keep them from spreading to other parts of the house.