We love pets and so do many of our clients.  But selling a home with a pet in residence can be a difficult undertaking.  Many home buyers – even those with pets of their own at home – can be put off by yours. 

Pets Can Make Visitors Nervous

No one thinks of their own pet as scary. But even the mildest mannered cat or dog (not to mention snakes or mice!) can make a visitor nervous.  Perhaps the most common response from a home seller about the “threat” posed by their pet is denial: “Buffy is a sweetheart. She won’t hurt anyone.”

But no owner can be certain of how a pet will respond when strangers enter the home in their absence.  An unexpected reaction could frighten potential buyers away before they’ve even looked at your home.

Ask Friends for Help

The safest course of action is to remove a pet from the home while it is listed for sale.  Ask friends or family members to care for the pet, or board it at a nearby facility.

If this is not feasible, try your best to take the pet with you when you leave for a showing.  At a minimum, put your pet into a carrier during the day while you’re gone and during showings with an alert to visitors not to disturb it.

Remove Stains and Odors

Buyers also frequently take issue with a pet’s impact on the cleanliness and condition of the home.  Pet stains, odors and damage are a big turn-off and can significantly decrease your home’s value in the market.

Use the Professionals

To help your home bring the highest possible price, remove stains and repair any damage your pet may have caused, and store pet accessories out of sight.

Consider having your home professionally cleaned, and have a friend verify that your home doesn’t have an objectionable odor. We also have deodorizing options for you if needed.

Just remember that your goal is to create a positive first impression with potential buyers!  To increase your chance of finding and impressing those potential buyers, learn more about our Guaranteed Sale Program or contact us today!