Dog GONE It! Please Leave Canines Out of the Photos ~ Home Staging Tips

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dogs are great but take them out when selling your home

Don't misunderstand ... I come from a family of dog lovers  and have had the good fortune to have had wonderful dogs most of my life.  But if my house was on the market, there would be no online photos of my dog, and little evidence of them living in the house, once potential buyers came in person. 

Why?  Because potential buyers may be allergic to pets, or they may be afraid of dogs.  

I'm a grumpy dog!If a buyer sees dogs in the online photos, right away they imagine that the house may not be as clean as they'd like ... or that the house smells like a dog ... or that the yard might be dug up or messy.  Any of these reasons may prevent a buyer from putting your home on their "must see" list.

A Portland home staging client of mine was shocked to find out that their agent put these photos of 3 of their dogs online (which have since been removed) -- it's likely that photos like this could discourage showings.

very cute dogs, but they won't sell the houseCute dog, but wearing a diaper!

Yep, I'm king of this house!

If you have a dog & your house is on the market, here's some tips for better showings:

I'm a great sniffer -- but might not smell too great myself!

  • Vacuum & Dust all surfaces often
  • Hide the dog beds, blankets & toys
  • Put the food & water dishes out of sight
  • Shampoo & brush your dog weekly 
  • Air out the house before showings, if possible
  • Take the dog out of the house during showings
  • Keep the yard clean of dog debris 
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  1. Cheryl Ritchie 03/18/2012 10:30 PM
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Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Hi Anna ~ Pet day care is a great option when a home is on the market!  That way buyers won't see the dog/cat and it removes stress from the showing experience.  Thanks for sharing your feedback.

Mar 19, 2012 12:46 PM #59
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Joan Congilose
New Jersey Properties - Manalapan, NJ
Helping Sellers & Buyers

Cats are becoming an issue too. This weekend I had  a buyer that was allergic to cats so I had to emilinate all homes with cats from those that I could show her too.

Mar 19, 2012 09:08 PM #60
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Susan Harding, HomeStar Video Tours
Portland, OR
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Unbelievable.  Those would be good photos to play the game "what's wrong with this picture?".  So many issues going on, it's tough to count.

I'd love to see some "after" photos after you stage it. Great post, Maureen!  

 

 

Mar 20, 2012 03:43 AM #61
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

#1 seems skeptical that the photos are on the MLS - it happens all the time. I think it's stupid & I love animals like you. Can't take a chance what someone might be thinking. I think a bigger mistake is the dog crate in the left side of the pic also. That shouldn't be there either.

Mar 20, 2012 05:16 AM #62
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Hi Joan ~ Yes, it actually applies to all pets (cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, rodents, etc.)

Hi Susan ~ Hey I like that idea!  I might use it in a presentation to see if they can find everything that's wrong here ...

Hi Lyn ~ Sure, besides the dogs, the crate is a big no-no for photos .. along with the fan ... and the chair & table scrunched together in front of the wildly-disorganized bookcases, etc.  (Obviously, this agent should not own a camera.)

Mar 20, 2012 10:01 AM #63
Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Great advice, Maureen.  This is one of those areas where I think sellers just don't think about it.  I've had to ask more than one to remove many of the items you mentioned, including the pooches. 

Mar 20, 2012 10:12 PM #64
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Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors
Love the post! Can totally relate.
Mar 21, 2012 10:27 AM #65
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Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Maureen, the photos say it all. Whoever took them didn't think beyond just snapping a picture. The fact the dogs were in them showed the photographer didn't make any effort to "stage" the photo at all! Great point and hope all is well in Portland.

Mar 22, 2012 01:28 AM #66
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Linda Thompson
Selling By Design-Staging - Fresno, CA

Hi Maureen,

 

Great post. That's one problem I didn't list in my post, but should have. On our local MLS we often see pets in photos. The worst was an out of focus shot with a cat in mid-jump onto the bed.

In the indoor pic you posted taking the dogs out of the room wouldn't have helped. The room was a mess anyway.

Mar 22, 2012 05:04 AM #67
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Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

That definitely falls under the category of:  "What was that agent thinking??"

Mar 22, 2012 05:14 AM #68
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Hi Mike ~ Sellers may not realize that not all buyers are animal lovers...so the safest thing is just to remove evidence of pets.

Hi Wendy ~ I'll bet you've seen a few too many dog beds in homes you stage, too!

Hi Tessa ~ You said it -- no attention at all to what the buyer would be seeing!!  (Things here are busy, hope you are too :-))

Hi Linda ~ True, but still the dogs didn't help the photo at all LOL!

Hi Beth ~ No Kidding!! I mean, seriously??

Mar 22, 2012 12:08 PM #69
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Hi Valerie ~ Even cute dogs can't be in the photos LOL!!

Mar 24, 2012 02:12 AM #71
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Patricia Kennedy
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Hey, Maureen!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Um, actually it was Willie the Labradoodle's pick.  Have a great week.

Mar 25, 2012 07:00 AM #72
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Hi Pat ~ Thanks for including my Dog GONE It post in your weekly favorites!  Of course, I didn't expect Willie to agree!!

Mar 25, 2012 07:49 AM #73
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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

lol, I have seen so many of these.  Owners don't even try to help move them out of the way.  I've even seen children in photos!!!

Mar 25, 2012 10:36 AM #74
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Tanja Cisliek
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL

How about the kitty litter box in the corner of the room?? I make my Sellers take it out for the photos, or crop the litter box out. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out where there is a kitty litter box or there are dog food bowls on the kitchen floor, the owners of that "accessory" can't be far!

Mar 25, 2012 11:22 AM #75
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Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

And I thought convincing them to just depersonalize photos around the house was hard enough...

I showed five houses to a couple last Friday and in 4 of the 5 we had to follow extensive instructions so as not to let the cat out. I don't mind it once but by the end of the day it got to be annoying and distracting.

 

Mar 25, 2012 10:46 PM #76
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Hi Cindy ~ It's a missed opportunity for the sellers and the agent too.

Hi Tanja ~ No kidding, it's hard to believe those things get into the online listing photos!

Hi Margie ~ How annoying to have to follow all those instructions!  Those sellers should keep pets with a friend or neighbor, or in a kennel,  during showings.

Mar 26, 2012 02:41 AM #77
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John Cannata
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Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Great tip. I found your post via Patricia Kennedy and her FAVORITES. Now I see why its one of her favs. So true about dogs in MLS photos.

Mar 28, 2012 07:22 AM #78
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Adrian Willanger
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Maureen, I couldn't agree with you more about leaving dogs out of listing photos. I to come from a long line of dog lovers, but as you mentioned not everyone is crazy about dogs. Great tips for sellers on what to do if you have dogs. 

Apr 04, 2012 02:44 AM #79
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