What Kind of Damage Can Pet’s Inflict?
Pets, whether tearing up a rug, relieving themselves, or even chewing on a door, can leave your home damaged. Damage that can leave you in the lurch when it comes time to sell your home.
According to a survey, conducted by a leading protection plan company; pets are the second largest cause of claims being filed.
Claims in relation to pet damage are some of the most common and the most costly. For instance, a pet owner filed a claim in regards to his puppy who had spewed red food coloring all over a $2,000 couch. Not only did the couch have to be thoroughly and professionally cleaned. The couch had to be re-cushioned as well to remove all dye remnants.
Some damage may not be covered by a protection plan. Be sure to check the fine print on any purchased protection plan – especially if you are expecting it to protect against a pet’s inflicted damage. If pet damage is not covered – you will be responsible for repair and replacement should damage occur.
Additionally, if you own a dog that is considered to be an aggressive breed, many companies will not allow you to purchase homeowners insurance.
When it comes time to sell – buyers will look closely at your home. When covered in scratched up floors, smelly carpets, chewed baseboards or even heavy layers of dust and dander – many buyers may be instantly uninterested. While this is not always a significant problem, buyers will still take note of how well the home is being taken care of. When the above mentioned issues are present; home buyers receive the wrong impression. Visible presentation must be impeccable.
Entertain & Train your Pet
No matter the pet, damage may be caused by just allowing it to live in your home. In order to ensure damage is minimal; keep him entertained or in a locked space while you are away. Leave lots of treats, bones, and toys out for playtime and ensure they have a buddy to keep them company. Experts warn not to leave him at home for more than 6 hours at a time.
Training is another key to keeping your home beautiful. For instance, if you catch him chewing or clawing on something he shouldn’t, use a deterrent or replace it with something he CAN chew or scratch on without causing damage.
These tips can save you time, money and the stress of a damaged home when it comes time to sell. Here are some additional tips to get your home ready to sell.