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Pet Proposals, When Selling Your Home...

Did you realize that 6 out of 10 U.S. households have pets?  That means that those without critter companions are in the minority, but if you’re a pet owner selling your home, you shouldn't ignore the perceptions of those families that don't include cats or dogs.

Odors are the biggest issue.  This isn't to say that your housekeeping is remiss, but remember that some buyers who visit your home may experience allergies or be particularly sensitive to pet dander or odors.  Just vacuum the floors and furniture frequently and use an air sanitizer.

During the early stages of your listing, you'll likely experience more frequent showings and visits by buyers.  This is a particularly good time to make arrangements to board your pet, or seek out a good "doggie day care" center for quick visits during showings.  This may be safer and less stressful for your pet than a constant parade of strangers in your home, and may put buyers more at ease as well.

In any case, be sure to pick up toys, bowls, and bedding in advance of a showing, just as you would tidy up the children's things and other rooms throughout the house before buyers visit.  A particularly attractive gesture would be to offer a cleaning allowance, no matter how scrupulously you maintain your home.  This should quiet any potential objections.

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Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Larry, thanks for the post.  We run into pet issues all the time.  It seems that more and more people have pet dander allergies.  Good info.  Keep posting!

Jun 16, 2011 01:51 AM #1
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Great post, thank you for bringing it to the attention of those who do not realize the issues of non pet odors. Many showings have cut short by roaming pets who scared the buyers right out of the house, Odors are a large problem, many pet owners are used to their pet and dont realize there nmay be an odor from the accidents on that living room caroet or litter box in the bathroom.

Jun 16, 2011 02:00 AM #2
Faith LaRosse
Springer Realty Group - Limerick, PA
Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties

Great post, Larry!  6 in 10 homeowners have pets, really?  Isn't it funny how sometimes the buyers that ARE pet owners with 6 dogs are the hardest on sellers? 

Jun 16, 2011 02:01 AM #3
Debbie Atwood
Century 21 Real Estate Center Everett, WA - Everett, WA
Real Estate Broker

Larry this is a great post and brings up an issue that sometimes is very difficult to work with.  Thanks for the tips

Jun 17, 2011 08:17 PM #4
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