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4 Things Dog Owners Should Replace Before Selling Their Home
By Meghan Belnap
If you have a dog and want to put your house up for sale, certain things around your home might need to be replaced due to damage caused by your pet. Having these problems addressed before putting your home on the market can help you get higher offers from potential buyers.

If you're a dog owner, here are four things you should consider replacing before trying to sell your home:

Even if your dog is house-trained, there still may have been occasions when your precious canine used your carpet as a personal bathroom, which may have caused damage to the carpet or the underlying padding. Pet dander, dog hair, dirt and debris can be difficult to clean entirely, which can diminish the quality of your carpet and possibly create an undesired odor. Replacing your carpet will give your home a fresher appearance, making it more attractive to potential buyers.

Wooden Floors
If you have wooden floors in any part of your home, you'll likely notice scratch marks from your dog's nails. Consider hiring a professional to refinish your floors, or if they are in really bad shape, replace them. You may get a higher sale price for your home with new floors, which would offset the cost of replacing them. Floors made out of bamboo, cork and laminate materials are known to be good at withstanding pet damage.

Wooden doors are susceptible to damage from dog scratches, or your dog may have rushed through the door, bumping them hard along the way, causing further damage. Steel and fiberglass doors often make great replacements, or you can even opt for a higher-quality wood. If you're concerned about the cost of new doors, try looking for a provider that offers financing with no interest or payments for a given time period, or find a source in your area for refurbished or surplus doors.

If you notice any shrubs that are in poor shape because of your dog, consider having them replaced to increase your property's curb appeal. In large amounts, dog urine can kill shrubs and make the leaves look as though they've been burned. Your dog digging frequently around your shrubs can also cause damage to the roots and shorten their lifespan.

You can increase your home's value greatly and possibly get a heftier payout when it's time to sell by making the essential replacements to household components that have suffered damage from your dog. Even though the initial investment to have these items replaced might seem hefty, putting in the extra money can pay dividends in the end!

Adapted from an article on RISMedia’s Housecall.

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