Selling Your Richmond Home While Owning Pets

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Selling Your Richmond Home While Owning Pets

The above picture is of my fur baby, Bella. I adore her. She sleeps in our bed, lays on our furniture, and has the run of the house. I trust her completely with our kids and our belongings. She is easy in every way. Well, almost.

Since Bella joined our family, we have had to move several times due to job relocation for my husband. (Lucky for us, Richmond is our permanent home - can't imagine living anywhere else than the RVA!) During each period our home was on the market, Bella and our fat cat, Buddy, posed some obstacles that we had to overcome in order to showcase our house in the best possible light. It is hard for us pet lovers to imagine this, but not everyone likes, or tolerates, a furry friend. Below are some tips/advice that I can offer if you find yourself in the same situation when selling your Richmond home!

·Inform your agent. This is simple enough but is often overlooked. When you list your home with your agent, make sure they are aware of how many and what kind of animals you have. This information is needed to make note of the pets in the MLS system. When a buyer agent is aware of a pet in the home, they can prepare their buyer before entering. (And will remind them to use caution to not let your beloved pet outside when they open the door!)

·Remove your pets for a showing. I know, this is easier said than done. But, if it is at all possible, try and make arrangements for your animals to be elsewhere . If you work from home, take your furry friends with you for a car ride. If your mom or generous friend lives down the street, see if they would take them in during showing periods. Consider doggy daycare as yet another option. This will allow potential buyers to look at your home with out the distraction of a jumping dog or overly friendly cat.

·Can't remove them? Contain them. If you absolutely can not remove your pets for a showing, it is imperative that you keep them contained to one section of the home. The laundry room, unfinished basement, or garage would work well. Make sure to post a sign (printed from the computer!) on the door as a warning to your potential buyer and their agent. Although they may be disappointed they can not access one of these rooms, it is better than them not looking at all because you have a barking dog guarding your front door!

·Keep their things tidy. Keep a litter box out of sight and be sure to clean it every day. Organize all of your dogs toys and bones and put them away in one spot. Keep their food areas neat and clean.  Don't let a foul odor or untidy pet spaces be the reason a buyer walks back out the door.

By following a few simple steps, selling your home in Richmond with a pet will hopefully be a smooth process and they will be back to ruling to roost in no time!

Looking for a Richmond real estate agent who understands your needs in the Henrico County Real Estate and surrounding Richmond Real Estate market? (And those of your pets!) Then contact me, Shannon Milligan, today at Home Sweet Henrico Real Estate with Keller Williams Richmond West!

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Shannon Milligan, Associate Broker/Realtor

RVA Home Team

Winning with Integrity

eXp Realty 

6802 Paragon Place #410, Richmond, VA, 23230

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The Stewart Team - Abdon Stewart NMLS 213207
AmeriFirst Financial Inc NMLS 145368 AZ BK #0013635 Equal Housing Opportunity - Peoria, AZ
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Such a great post... nothing is worse than walking into a home that is over run with family pet smell, etc.

Jan 27, 2011 03:05 AM #1
Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley

This is great advice.  I remember vividly a house in my town where the owners kept pet rabbits in cages in one of the bedrooms.  The stench from the uncleaned cages (or perhaps sick or old bunnies) was unbearable.  Agents and home buyers would walk in and pretty much walk right back out again.  That hurt the agent's ability to sell the house at all, let alone for a decent price.  That listing went expired, eventually....

Some buyers are allergic to pets and others are simply terrified.  Once when I was previewing a condo, a little kid in the home ran right up to me with a baby snake in his hand, thrust it in my face (literally) and shrieked, "Look at my snake!"  Luckily I wasn't afraid but his mom didn't do much about that behavior so I'm suspecting that the pet story was just the tip of the iceburg there!

Jan 27, 2011 03:08 AM #2
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Thank you!

I would absolutely lose my mind over a snake!

Jan 27, 2011 03:24 AM #3
Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164
West USA Realty - Mesa, AZ
Relentless, Reliable, Premiere Personal Service

Great post that was needed! I have seen some homes ruined by cats....thousands of dollars in damage. Dogs not as much.

Jan 27, 2011 03:28 AM #4
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Great advice --- our rule is if pets are  not contained and uncontrolled in a home we do not show the home -- there is too much liability -- both for buyer possibly getting bit and for the buyers letting the pets out.

Jan 27, 2011 03:35 AM #5
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

I know how difficult it can be to make arrangements for the pets and to keep up with their maintenance, but it is just so important.

Jan 27, 2011 06:42 AM #6
Virginia Gardner
Roy Wheeler Realty Co. - Charlottesville, VA
Realtor, Charlottesville, Serving Central Virginia

I'm in love with your pup, just beautiful!

Jan 27, 2011 07:53 AM #7
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Thanks Virginia! She is a fantastic dog...great with the kids. But I bet you wouldn't be in love with the hair on the hardwoods ;)

Jan 27, 2011 08:04 AM #8
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Shannon -  I'm sure your Bella looked just like a baby seal as a pup!!  Those eyes, she could get away with anything!

I loved this post and I am going to reblog it for my more local readers.  Thanks for sharing it with us.

Jan 27, 2011 08:14 AM #9
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

I found this through Susan Emo.  Great, simple tips for home-sellers - thank you.  Buyers that don't have pets, don't have appreciation for their deposits, hair, and nose prints!

Jan 27, 2011 08:24 AM #10
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Yes...she is very cute and knows it!

Ah...the nose prints. Recently with the snow I have been getting a lot of paw prints on my hardwoods. Thanks goodness for a swiffer wet jet!

Jan 27, 2011 08:37 AM #11
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