I am a dog person, as I am sure much of our blog readers on this site are. However, when I was selling my home earlier this year, not everyone who came to see it was in love with dogs as I am. That is why you need to plan for your pets while you are showing your home.
People viewing homes may have allergies, they may have trauma from a dog bite as a child or they may just not be pet people. They are not mean, uncaring people they just were not raised with animals and so they do not want to see them in homes they are going to buy. The question becomes, what to do with Fido.
When listing a pet lovers home the first question homeowners ask is what to do you with their pet. This is part of their family. They are asking what to do with part of their family.
This pet or family member should not be seen, heard or smelled while the home is being shown to potential buyers. This is because the seller’s home has now become a product to sell and less distractions mean a better chance of having that perfect buyer fall in love with your home.
The expression in the real estate business is that, “If it smells it won’t sell.” It could also be ruled out if there is barking dog that keeps the people from being able to tour the entire home. It could be ruled out if there is a smelly kitty litter room. It could be ruled out if there are bird feathers floating in the air.
Pets distracts the buyer from seeing the great features of the home.
There is also the matter of liability. The sweetest dog in the world may become not so sweet when its territory is invaded by strangers. This is a great reaction when someone is breaking into your home but not so great when an agent is bringing buyers through.
The best thing you can do is remove the animals during showings. If this is not possible, confine your pet during the showing time. I know how hard it is to not allow your pet the run of the house, but it is hard to show a home when you are concerned about the animals.
The agent showing your home should be showing the features and not worried about the animals or where they are.
Another problem with pets is odors. You have to make sure that your kitty litter is kept clean at all times. Remove or have kitty litter where it is not the first thing you see or smell. If you have a dog make sure there are no doggy odors in your home. Both of these can kill a deal. People are afraid odors will remain after animals are gone. So remember, “If you can smell it you cannot sell it.”
A few ideas that might help during this time. Go for a walk during the showing time. Put the animals in the car and go for a ride.
Buy a product that will help remove the cat odor from the home. You can find these at pet stores.
Your agent will work with you on an acceptable showing plan with animals. We know it is hard to have a life and have your home on the market but with the right price and the right condition it should be temporary.
You and Fido can then move to your new home and resume your normal schedule.