Dear TZ - How do I show my home with pets?

Real Estate Agent with Remax First Realty II 0790808

Dear TZ,

I want to put my house on the market, but I have 2 dogs and a cat. How do I have the property shown without worrying about my pets?

- Peter Petlover


Dear Peter,

Depending on your pets' personalities, they may actually help you sell your home, at least according to this article by the National Association of Realtors.

If your pet isn't quite the right personality for such a task, you'll want to consider taking the dogs to the park for showings.  You could also arrange for a friend or relative to tend to the pets while a showing is happening.  Let the dogs romp around in the back yard of if there's no fence, you may need to put them in the garage.  Just make sure that the showing agent is aware of the pets and where they will be.  

By hiring a REALTOR(R) that uses a showing center to schedule appointments you'll ensure that you'll be aware of all appointments and you'll be able to cancel or reschedule a showing if nobody is able to pen the pets for a showing.

You'll also want to make sure that you keep your pets well groomed, brushed and bathed.  Make sure to vacuum up any shedding and always check for pet "messes".  

Good luck!

- TZ

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Lehel Szucs
All Seasons Real Estate, Inc. - Covina, CA
REALTOR of choice

yikes....these are always trouble....move first, sell second

Apr 05, 2012 11:34 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

It is amazing how many people have pets yet when they go to a strange place with them they are deathly afraid of them!

Apr 09, 2012 09:12 PM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

 I think it's best to put indoor pets away while your house is being shown.  Maybe get a pet cage to keep them in until the guests are gone.

Apr 09, 2012 09:12 PM
Lucy E. Thompson
Keller Williams Realty Premier Properties - Summit, NJ

The question is how much do the pets smell because, if there is a pervasive odor throughout the house, the price needs to be adjusted downwards accordingly.

Apr 09, 2012 09:18 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Wayne & Jean,

I disagree...when your home is on the market it needs to not only be de-cluttered from personal items but pets removed and odors etc. addressed. You don't expect the sellers and their kids to be around when showing a home and you sure don't need the family pets under foot :).

Apr 09, 2012 09:47 PM
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

Unless the pets come with the house, treat them like the chandelier that is not included. Get them out of there before the buyers have issues.

Apr 09, 2012 09:48 PM
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

I LOVE animals (I have two cats, a dog and a horse) but I still believe that you should remove pets for showings.  I was bit by a dog while showing....and the owner said just three minutes earlier how nice and sweet her little pooch was!

Apr 09, 2012 09:54 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Many treat their pets as if they are human today. It is best to remove the pets when showing homes

Apr 09, 2012 10:42 PM
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

great q and a post, always keep dog cookies in my car just in case, but also always ask sellers to take fido for a walk... gets them both out of the house for the showing!

Apr 09, 2012 11:06 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


I too am surprised by the NAR comment and am of the belief pets should not be present during showings. cheers cvc

Apr 10, 2012 04:23 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

I havent read the article you attached, but I'll go there next. I think you gave good advice though, which is that the seller should take the dog to the park or the cat for a ride. Some people may be afraid of pets (usually dogs) and its best that they are not around during the showing.

Apr 10, 2012 08:31 AM