Cat and stale listing advice

This is a long story but I'll make it as short as possible... I'm selling a house.. already moved into another.. I went about things all wrong.. I had a friend staying with me at old house for about a month before I moved... he and his wife brought their cat... and the house began smelling like a litterbox... it wasn't a strong smell (to me anyway). So I listed the house anyway.. we had a ton of buzz over the first month.. 36 showings.. all complained of smell.. only one super lowball offer came in.. all the while i was making trips to the house to try and remedy the situation.. moping floor/rug doctor etc.. the whole first floor smelled so I wasnt sure where problem was.. now 45 days in I have located the problem and I am replacing the carpet/subfloor in damaged room.. problem is.. we have wasted so much traffic and time.. we are down from 5-6 showings a week to 0-1.... once the floor is fixed and smell is gone.. will I be able to get anywhere close to that much traffic back in without a big price cut? I know I could ask my realtor these things.. just wanted to reach a larger audience.
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answer by Ricardo Gehrau    |   Visit My Website   |   Contact Me
In my opinion, take the list off from the marker and make all necessary repair in the house. After that, start with a fresh listing.
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answer by Kelly Goodman    |   Visit My Website   |   Contact Me
I agree talking the home off the market, while you do repairs. Once completed relist the home, have the agent add in the remarks that the home has brand new carpet, freshly painted walls, etc... whatever you're doing. Your home will get the most traffic that first week you list, as you know. Being on the market for months, it is not as easy to see updates, as a newly listed home. Best of luck!!
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Mostly painting the walls will cause a new paint smell that will cover or mask the cat smell. I would probably paint the entire wall so it looks uniform.
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answer by Dawn Veronica Curry    |   Contact Me
There are a lot of items on the market to neutralize pet smells at root of the problem. Sounds like you're going the extra mile if you're actually replacing sub-floor as well. Maybe you need to go back on the market a little higher with all the "updates" and II suspect if your Realtor updates the listing with some catch phrases, realtors will bring folks back. The rule of thumb is, if you're not getting any showings in 10 days, you might be priced outside of what the market can bear and may want to come down on your price. You can also suggest that your agent host a Broker's Open to invite other agents in the area to preview the home which might encourage more traffic and they will also provide feedback on the updates, presentation, and pricing. Good luck!
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Should I reprint whole first floor? And it should be entire wall? Not just bottom few feet where cat could have sprayed?
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Take the house off the market. Remove all carpet and paint subfloor with a odor sealing primer paint. Paint all the walls and replace flooring. Don't ever list a house for sale unless the house is 100% ready to move in unless you want people to low ball you because they think of it as a fixer. I always tell my sellers if you where looking to buy this house would you and would you pay full price in the condition it is. Put the house back on the market when it is ready and you will have multiple full price or above offers. Good luck
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