Should You Spray For Pests Before An Open House?

Posted on Mar 23 2022 - 1:10pm by Paige Brown

By Anica Oaks

When you are preparing to host an open house, you naturally want everything to be perfect in hopes of attracting a buyer. However, if buyers are walking through your home and seeing ants, mice or other pests, you definitely won’t be making that sale. If your home has had pest problems in the past, you may want to consider having it sprayed prior to your open house event. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding to spray your for-sale home for pests.

Peace of Mind
If you have had problems with pests in your home, getting it sprayed before your open house will give you peace of mind, since you can be sure buyers won’t be seeing any pests during their tour.  Having a recent pest control spraying may even be used to market your home, since it lets prospective buyers know any problems have been dealt with.

Derailing the Deal
Being proactive and having a pest control company spray before your open house can give potential buyers peace of mind. Ideally, you’ll get the home sprayed well in advance so you can ensure that any bed bugs from the spraying can be cleaned up. This can also help you prevent any after-sale issues.  The last thing you want is a buyer coming back and claiming you hid a pest problem from them.

Discover Unknown Problems
When you have a pest control professional spray your home before an open house, they may discover problems of which you were not aware. For example, if you are spraying for ants, then discover mice, you can get this problem addressed at the same time.

The Finishing Touch
When you are preparing your property for an open house, you are tending to many things at once: getting the house staged for the pending arrival of possible buyers, cleaning up your yard, getting rid of any clutter inside or outside your home and various other tasks. A pest control spraying can also be the finishing touch that will give your home superb curb appeal. Thus, as you begin to welcome guests, you'll know everything is as close to perfect as possible.

Even if you don't think your home has a pest problem, insects and rodents can be hiding anywhere. Remember, all it will take is a hot prospect spotting ants on your kitchen counter, or a mouse in your home's basement or garage, to kill what you thought was a sure thing.

Anica Oaks is a freelance writer who hails from San Francisco, California. When she's not writing, she's enjoying her time outside with her dogs. Keep up with her on Twitter @anicaoaks.

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