At Mitten Made Properties, we adore our pets! They are good listeners, never judge, and love unconditionally. We spoil them with treats from pet bakeries, make sure they have ample toys and food, keep them safe and healthy with pet health insurance, and love them like the family members they are.
But every once in a while, your pet can create problems in your home. And (you’ll love this if you’re a dog person!) while dogs have the capability to create more surface-level home damage, the damage that cats do is longer-lasting and often requires more extensive work and money to repair. Nevertheless, both dogs and cats can wreak havoc. Even birds, ferrets and pocket pets get in on the action.
Some of the complaints we hear from homeowners in Metro Detroit run the gamut from cats spraying flooring and walls, leaving stains, warping, and a seemingly permanent odor; dogs “marking their territory”; trim and wiring being chewed; claw marks on doors and floors; and destruction of lawns and landscaping.
Unfortunately, pet damage is usually not covered by homeowner’s insurance, and homes with pet odors and obvious damage don’t sell well, if at all. So what can you do, especially if you’re planning to sell the property?
We’ve dealt with the effects of large and small pets on many homes, so we have some tips to help you get started.
Assess the Damage
Call in a professional contractor to evaluate the damage and to provide an estimate on repairing your home. Don’t be surprised if you have to tear up and replace carpeting or wood flooring, as well as parts of drywall or trim, to eliminate odors such as urine. It’s common and usually unavoidable.
Do Your Own Repairs
If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can most likely lower the cost of repairs by doing at least some of the work yourself. It’s not fun to rip up smelly carpet or tear out stained parts of your home, but this needs to be done especially if you are planning on selling the home. Even if you don’t feel confident enough to lay new flooring on your own, doing the initial tear out will at least save you some money.
Sell to a Professional Home Buyer
If it feels overwhelming or is just too expensive to erase the damage from your beloved pet and make your home sale-worthy, consider selling it to a professional buyer who will accept it as-is. Mitten Made Properties buys homes in any condition (even smelly ones) for cash, and fast. We pay all closing costs and will fix up the home after we buy it, no matter what its issues may be. Call us today at (248) 883-3340 to get a fair offer – and some peace of mind.