If you’re a real estate agent showing a new listing to potential buyers, you know already know a house with pet urine odors can be a deal breaker! If not, you’ll have to do a lot of convincing to get your home buyers to continue viewing the house. Once a buyer suspects or smells pet urine odor in a home some will not hesitate to flat out tell you no.But others are more willing to listen to your advice as long as but need confirmation that the odor can be removed professionally & permannetly! An experienced Realtor one who has found out the hard way about suggesting pet odors easy to remove and ended up giving the buyer some of his commission will direct future buyer’s to a Pet Odor Detection or Remediation Service.
There are lots of “how to clean up pet urine” videos on YouTube and odor removal products that claim to remove severe urine odor! For the inexperienced DIY person, you have less than a 50% chance of effectively removing severe odor.
Many first time home buyers are putting every dime they have saved as a down payment they don’t have an extra $5k-$20K to spend after closing escrow to remove severe cat urine damage if these DIY techniques don’t work! I’m sure you can imagine who the buyer will blame if the recommended methods fail to eliminate the odor.
Most professional odor remediation services will not offer a guarantee on severe odor removal and That’s what makes us the #1 Pet Odor Removal Service we guarantee 100% odor removal for severe pet urine damage!
Buyers should consider a pet odor inspection anytime they know there are pets living in the home, regardless if they smell urine or not. But always be concerned if you smell strong paint, fragrances, doors and windows are open and the the home has new carpet, new laminate flooring and fresh paint.
DIY Pet Urine Elimination Is Not an Effective Solution
Whether you find a puddle of urine on your hardwood floor or a wet spot on your carpet from household pets, getting the urine odor and bacteria out is next to impossible. Most people think that because they cleaned up urine stains by blotting and pouring enzymes on the carpet, it will magically & completely digest and break down all the urine and disappear!
When urine is deposited on the carpet gravity pulls the urine down into the carpet backing, and then the carpet pad and subfloor absorb it. The foam carpet pad absorbs the majority of the urine and holds it like a diaper. Because the pad is sandwiched between the subfloor and carpet, it could literally take weeks or months for all the trapped moisture to evaporate for lack of air flow!
Long-term use of enzymes and over-wetting with pet-urine cleaning products can cause additional damages to subfloor, baseboards and drywall. The cleaning products cause more damage to areas that the urine didn’t initially make contact.
This is a very frustrating and embarrassing problem, especially if you’re planning to sell your home. Removing 95-98% of the odor might not be good enough for a buyer with a good nose!! Make sure you disclose all pet odor damage and repairs, even if you think you eliminated it.
The Problem of Persistent Pet Urine Odors in a Home
Persistent pet urine odors can be a nightmare, if you’re planning on selling or buying a home. Even the slightest urine odor offends people who don’t own pets, causing you to lose buyers.
Just imagine that you’re in the market for a home. Your realtor brings you to the house of your dreams. It looks perfect on the outside but as soon as you open the door, the urine smell hits you in the face. Your dream home smells like your last trip to the zoo. Don’t give up hope. There is a way to find and eliminate pet urine odors.
5 Questions to Ask the Seller or Real Estate Agent about Urine Odors in the House
The only way to get rid of urine odors is to find every spot in the house that a pet has relieved himself. This isn’t something a homeowner can do alone. Ask the seller or your real estate agent the following questions about how you can get rid of urine smells.
- 1.Is there an odor remediation professional who can conduct a pet odor inspection and calculate the cost for eliminating the problem?
- 2.Has the seller disclosed all the facts about the urine damage in the home, and did they already clean to hide the odors?
- 3.Who is responsible for the cost of the urine odor inspection, structural damage and elimination?
- 4.Will they have all the areas of the home inspected by a urine odor, remediation professional, such as carpets, concrete, hardwood flooring, drywall, tile and subfloors?
- 5.How effective are the different types of odor elimination methods for getting rid of urine smells and not just mask them?
The Best Way to Find and Eliminate Pet Urine Odor
Whether you’re a home buyer or seller, for the most effective urine odor elimination, the first step is to have a professional pet urine odor inspection. Pet odor inspections let you know exactly where the odors are coming from, and how you can eliminate the problem for good.
Pet odor inspections find the source of urine using the following methods on your cabinets, walls, doors, windowsills, vents, countertops and anywhere else in the house your dog or cat wanders:
- UV black lights that detect even the smallest urine spots on the walls and floors of your home?
- Wet urine detection for finding urine deposits?
- Urine odor detection?
- Damage caused by urine?
- Recommended solutions for the urine odor and structural damage?
Once you receive your inspection report, the best decision you can make is to take the advice of the professional pet odor elimination company. Whether you’re a homeowner, buyer, seller or real estate agent, wiping out urine odors is the only way to a fresh, healthy, odor free home.