Don't Let "Spot" Leave A Mark! - Advice For Pet Owners Selling Their Homes

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Don’t’ Let “Spot” Leave A Mark!

Advice For Pet Owners Selling Their Homes


We all love our pets! And if you love your dog as much as I love mine then you really consider them a family member. They are a part of our household, our lives, and our hearts. And although you may think that your pet is the most adorable and lovable creature on the planet, they can leave a not-so-cute impression on potential buyers if your home is on the market. Every showing of your home is an impending sale so you don’t want to risk leaving not even the slightest bad impression. So here are some tips for pet owners who don't want to let “Spot” leave a mark.


Sell Your Home, Don’t SMELL Your Home! Pets leave odors no matter how well you keep them groomed. Odor is in their food, their dander and in their potty! Always keep pet areas clean and tidy. If you have a litter box make sure you empty out the waste and remove it from the inside of the home for the showing. Put it out in the garage or outside on the balcony. Clear your yard from doggie doo and vacuum the couch from any cat or dog hair. The first two minutes of a showing are the most impressionable and if bad odors are the first thing buyers smell when they walk into a house chances are they’ll walk right out.



No Pets Allowed! Remove all evidence of your pets, including your pets! Some people are not pet friendly either out of
 fear or allergy reasons. Dogs can startle people and that’s the last feeling you want to give a potential buyer. Besides, it will make your selling agent’s job a lot easier if they know they don’t have to deal with your pets when showing your house. Remove all food and water dishes, chew toys, etc. Put your cat in a kennel, take your bird in it’s cage, or load up the dogs and go for a drive.Or ask a friend to pet sit for a few hours. If you absolutely can’t remove your pets from your home be sure to keep them locked up in a cage or kennel with a sign that says “Do Not Disturb”. This will hopefully avoid anyone getting scratched or bitten because the last thing you want is to get slapped with a lawsuit!





Get That “Spot” Out Of The Carpet It’s a good idea to get your carpets professionally cleaned when your house is on the market regardless if you have pets or not. But it’s especially important if you are a pet owner. Pets can leave stains and the dander gets into the carpet and even though you may not be able to smell pet odors because you’re so used to it, others surely will!!! 





If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling

a Nashville Home please contact:


Emily Lowe 

The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty 

Office: (615) 463-3333 / Cell: (615) 509-1753 



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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN


You have an excellent post for anyone thinking of selling their home and for real estate agents as well!  People seem to be bothered more by cats and they can mark their territory with the best of dogs!  Excellent advise, Emily!

Jun 28, 2013 04:54 AM #1
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Yes, it makes sense that because pet owners usually consider their pet part of the family that they may overlook the many pitfalls that may deter potential buyers. Thanks for the reminder and for the colorful post!

Jun 28, 2013 05:17 AM #2
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Hi Emily,

Great post!  If you can smell it, you can't sell it!  We have two huge dogs, totaling over 300 pounds, and they are a very important part of our family.  In PA, the Sellers must disclosure whether any pets have ever resided in the property.  Often people have allergies, and caging will not help the situation with allergic buyers viewing the home.  Animals should be removed from the home during showings, or at least ask the Buyer Agent if allergies are a problem for the Buyer.

Jun 30, 2013 10:27 AM #3
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

I have a dog and love animals.  However, my biggest pet peeve is walking into a house that wreaks ofpet odor - deep into the sofa cushions and the dog hasn't been bathed in a year and is greasy and smelly.  You can get the dog groomed, but getting the odors out of the furniture and carpeting is tough.  I have actually asked sellers to remove some furnishings in addition to steam cleaning because the odors were so bad.

Jul 15, 2013 01:49 PM #4
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