Litter boxes, fur, and animal odor can be major detractors. Can you farm out the pets temporarily to a friend or family member? If not, some people find relief by locating the pets in an outbuilding or garage. We know for most of us our pets are "family" menbers and not having them with us is most difficult but make no mistake, the critters are not helping the sale of your home.
The home probably would show better empty but it is not our recommendation to move before selling your current property. It would be best to sell first and then move. With regards to the teenager....simply time to hold them accountable.....not clean, neat or organized.....no license, car, gameboy, computer etc. Find out whatever button gets their attention and then.....push it!
This can be done....it's a matter of putting together a plan and sticking to it!
Best of luck,
Bills answer below is right on. To add to that some buyers have allergies to specific animals for example I have had clients with severe allegies to cats. Sometimes to the point if the showing instructions said there would be a cat, they would cancel the showing. Sometimes, their allergies are not that bad, they go into a home and next thing they are walking out with puffy eyes.
My niece has ferrets...cut as a bug...I don't know about yours? but I cannot deny that although I think the ferrets are cute, they have a distinct odor that some may find offensive.
With residential real estate, unless your property is in shambles and being marketed to investors, it is often times about the psychology of a home. A wrong smell, something that sets off a buyers allergies, a strong color, can often times have a reaction on a Buyer.
Teenagers? Well, what can I say...I have 2 of them! Best bet is to bribe them. Money talks. If that does not work take away the cell phone (that kills them), the Playstation, Xbox or any other electrical game item, take away the laptop or desktop computer... when these things are taken away they will do almost anything to get them back. But, I still like bribing them.
Put a note on the teenagers door and ask your listing agent to play along. The note reads, and make it big -- "Dear all showing agents...my parents and I have a deal. If you give good feedback about my room looking clean, I earn $(put in amount of dollars)...so help me out I am a teen who needs stuff...if you think I did a good job on my room... let our listing agent know by calling XXX-XXX-XXXX (Please use your cell phone and call right now) Thanks (insert teenager name)"
Always let the teenager know when you have a showing...once they earn some cash. Normally, they are motivated to earning more. They not only WANT showings...they will ask you when the next showing is.
There has been some good advice here. However most of the answers miss the real point.
The real estate professional who is helping you sell your house should be your main resource. If you are having to spend your time looking for information, you need to rethink who you hired. Not all real estate professionals are the same.
Contrary to the advice, the first step is do not clean the litter box, the first step is to get a professional who will take care of you. You should be spending time on the move, not chasing down these type of questions.
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Pets, animal smells, teenager--look, there's no way you'll get the house looking and smelling clean with all of you still there. You can bribe your teen all you want, move the animals from room to room, etc. Won't work. It just won't work.
Hey, you've already cut your price by $5,000. You might have to cut it some more. Think of how you could better use that money.
Bluntly, there are a lot of people who wouldn't buy your home at any price if it smells like--or looks like--a zoo.
Don't get me wrong. I like animals; we have two cats. And I like kids--I have one myself. So I'm not anti-pet or anti-kid. But the fact is, you'll never get your house into acceptable, marketable, desirable shape so long as they're all around.
Hope that helps.
All the best,