I want to buy a home, not a dog chew toy!

Real Estate Agent with Hometowne Ventures, LLC

Dogs frighten some people and irritate others. Don't let your dog ruin the sale of your home. Below are a few tips to help you:

1) Remove your dog from the house. Some sellers lock the dog in a room and tell the buyers to keep the door closed but that is a very bad idea. If you were buying a home, wouldn't you want to be able to look in every room? Agressive pets that come to the door, follow buyers around, or jump/sniff buyers create a bad experiance.

2) Pick up the poop! The backyard is a big selling point. Make sure all the poop is cleaned up. The last thing a buyer wants to see when they are considering your home is a backyard full of poop...and worse yet...if they step in any they will relate that bad experience with the home.

3) Fix/remove teeth marks. Chewed areas are big turn-offs to buyers. They see this the same as if a hole was punched in the wall. It creates a destructive pattern on the house they are considering.

These are just a few tips. Also consider taking care of pet hair, pet carpet stains, and pet odor.

Do you have any bad experiances with pets at home showings that you can share?

Ryan Champeau

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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Ryan, Great information!  I have my neighbor's home on the market and she has three dogs.  One of them is a bit intimidating so there are certain times we are not able to show as they have to remove the dogs.  She is so careful to make sure that the hair is all picked up and that there's no poop in the yard. Even though there are times we cannot show she is a dream client.

Jul 15, 2010 03:52 PM #1
Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

Great post. Pets do cause problems in selling homes.  To natural pet smells (even with house broken, clean ones) to damage they leave.  I have a dog and cat in my own home and I fear I could never sell my after doing opens in other homes that have pets.

Jul 15, 2010 03:56 PM #2
Larry G. Williams, Stockton/Tracy/Lathrop/Manteca
Home Buyers Realty - Stockton, CA

I'm going to give this to a client of mine. She has 2 outside dogs (thank goodness) but 3 inside cats. She wa putting the cats ina closet but I asked her to put them in the garage. Early today I had an agent showing the property so I went by early to make sure all were outside which they weren't! Hiow,ever for the first time I got a strong cat litter smell as did the prospective clients who spent less than 5 minutes in the house with a pool!

The problem with pets inside is that owners become accustomed to the smells and don't notice tham as a first time visitor will. It's sometime difficult to get that point across!

Jul 15, 2010 03:59 PM #3
Michael Pond
Guaranteed Rate, Inc - Charlotte, NC
The Michael Pond Team

Sellers have a lot of competition these days and need to remove every hurdle they can....even if it's their 4 leg best friend.

Jul 15, 2010 04:00 PM #4
Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ

I haven't had any of my buyer clients complain when there are dogs in the house. The mls states that there are friendly dogs in the laundry, or in the garage, or wherever, and the clients usually go pet them. So do I.

Fortunately, none have had allergies. In that case they wouldn't see the house anyway.

When we bought our house here, the owners had two dogs and they put them in a large cage in the living room while we were there. No problem at all.

Jul 15, 2010 04:23 PM #5
Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate

Amen Ryan. I love animals, particularly dogs, but I think they are a big potential problem in home sales. AS soon as I walk in to a house, I can smell a dog, unless it is an extremely well kept home- difficult to do.

Jul 15, 2010 04:49 PM #6
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