We all love our pets. But you have to admit, they can do quite a bit of damage to your home. Despite all the precautions we take, there's always going to be damage to deal with. If you plan to sell your home soon, or just want to keep on top of repairs, there are ways to keep your home in top shape. Here's a few tips that can help.

Walls

Depending on your wall covering, you can repair most pet damage. Wallpaper is the most difficult to repair, as it can't be patched as easily. You may have to replace wallpaper completely.

Sheet rock or paneling damage is easier to fix. To fix damages areas, sand the area to remove any debris and make the surface smooth. Fill in holes with spackle, using several layers depending on the level of damage. Make sure you let each layer dry completely before applying a new one. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying. Once you have the area repaired, you can then cover it with primer and paint it.

Wood Flooring

The polyurethane covering on hardwood floors can offer some protection from stains, but not from urine stains or scratches.

You can cover light scratches with a satin-filled marker. You will need wood filler for deeper marks.

When you re-stain the damaged area, start with the lightest stain you can, let it dry, then stain again until it matches the surrounding area. For larger areas, you can sand the whole area and re-stain it, making sure to match the rest of the floor.

Repairing urine damage can be more difficult, due to the discoloration and smell. For lighter stained floors, sand the area and clean it with wood bleach, then refinish the area. For darker urine stains, you may have to replace the boards if you can't scrub it out.

Furniture

Did your dog decide to use your chair legs for chew toys? You can fix that as well. To fix wood damage, prep the area by using a utility knife to score it with hatch marks, scraping away any frayed edges sticking out. Then use a bit of auto-body filler to fill in the damage. Apply the filler, let it dry a bit, then slice off the excess and reshape it. Sand it smooth once it dries completely.

Now it's time to get a little creative and let your artistic side shine. You can mix colors of acrylic paint and coat the area with 2 -3 layers, giving it a wood grain appearance. Then cover with clear coat and rub gently with steel wool to give it the right level of shine.

The Yard

Dog waste is not good for lawns, as the nitrogen seeps into the soil. Regularly watering your lawn will dissipate that nitrogen and keep urine from soaking in.

Raking your lawn in the Spring to remove debris and waste can also help. Sprinkle grass seed over areas that look bad.

These are just a few ways you can reduce pet damage and get more money from the sale of your home.

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